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Miranda Miller Parts Ways with Kona

Jan 5, 2023 at 8:48
by Ed Spratt  
Miranda Miller started with a string result in the Pro Stage on Saturday before losing time throughout the day Sunday to finish in 10th

Miranda Miller has announced on social media that she will be leaving Kona after four years. From racing DH to the EWS and a less conventional approach to racing in 2022. The past year saw the launch of DVRGNT Minds and the five-part film series 'Here, There, Everywhere.'

bigquotesIt’s hard to sum up the last 4 years in one post, but what an amazing life! I feel fortunate to have had so many great opportunities, from the people I’ve met and worked with, to the places travelled and events experienced. Working with Kona was unique as they were down to support me in anything and everything that I wanted to do! From racing, filming, writing and riding- they gave me the freedom and support that eventually lead to the creation of @dvrgnt_minds Here, There, Everywhere and one of the best years of my life. The beautiful thing about this industry is that although we are no longer “working” together, we are still in each other lives as friends. Thank-you for the love and support that got me to this point! Miranda Miller

We don't know what Miranda's plans are just yet, but we'll keep you updated when we learn more.

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  • 84 7
 When you have the qualities of Miller, you'll do fine wherever you land. Kona, not so sure.
  • 9 0
 Really interested to see where she's moved to and what she's got up her sleeve this year
  • 9 0
 Maybe off the join back up with Connor at Forbidden?
  • 8 0
 Yup. She’s a fantastic representative of the sport.
  • 5 0
 @mikedk: Was thinking about the list of brands that would benefit from having Miranda on the roster, then realized it was "all". Hope she lands somewhere cool though.
  • 3 0
 Rode with her in Whistler about 15 years ago, well, kind of. She dropped me after two turns. Lady fast
  • 29 4
 Wow! Kona and Miranda Miller were synonymous! (As was Connor Fearon). Between those two now being gone, it’s like they gutted their whole team!
  • 40 7
 Yup, feel like Miranda and Connor were the only reasons Kona had a presence. Huge loss
  • 29 37
flag ScandiumRider (Jan 5, 2023 at 9:24) (Below Threshold)
 "Miranda and Connor were the only reasons Kona had a presence"

Ehhh, not exactly...
  • 10 0
 I ride for Kona...I mean I ride a Kona. I would be available to be a team rider if I could ride as well as Miranda!
  • 13 0
 @ScandiumRider: Fair enough. From my (admittedly narrow) perspective would have been a better way to put it.

I do ride a Kona though. Me, Miranda and Connor and maybe some other people. Now probably just me.
  • 17 1
 @ScandiumRider: Given that I can't name a single other Kona rider off the top of my head, Kona barely has a big name presence these days. I'm sure they have some people, but clearly aren't doing enough to attract media attention.
  • 19 1
 synonymous? if I recall it was only 3-4 seasons? she was with specialized for longer I think.
  • 6 1
 @ScandiumRider: I mean, @50percentsure did say “feel like”, so…..that’s how they feel.
  • 41 1
 Y'all sleeping on Caleb Holonko? www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SrbiRzVSNs
  • 13 31
flag ScandiumRider (Jan 5, 2023 at 10:17) (Below Threshold)
 @ratedgg13: I don't really pay attention to who rides for who. Then again I don't watch WC DH, EWS or anything else really. I enjoy actually riding bikes, not watching people ride them. I buy my bikes based on how I like to ride them, not how much "big name presence" a brand may have. But hey, like @onawalk says: that's just how I feel.
  • 8 0
 @kfccoleslaw: straight facts, back flipping the train gap was insane
  • 6 2
 We Konona wait and see who'se next
  • 8 0
 @browner: Hey - you tried!
  • 1 0
 @suspended-flesh: Shouldn't that be "hey hey"?
  • 8 0
 It was Aggy for me
  • 2 0
 @bok-CZ: Connor, Aggy, Bizet... man does where the days!
  • 1 0
 @pastaman23: Can we add Lacondequy?
  • 22 1
 I don’t think Kona has to prove anything at this point. I will always remember them as free ride or die! For me, the feeling of walking out of the shop with my Stinky was the best feeling ever! I wasn’t afraid of shit on that bike! It was bombproof construction and sucked up all manner of early 2000s trail building. I still look at old pictures of it from time to time. I still ride a process and YT of course . I Just love the free ride core with those 2 companies! I will still lion at a Kona anyway to see what’s new with them.

I Hear they have a full staff of shredders so maybe racers not needed at this point? Who knows, maybe a the they bring back the Clump team? They should totally try to get Aggie back!!
  • 26 7
 Man, one rider moves on and it's just all doom and gloom. These comments truly highlight how no one really knows what is going on behind closed doors with brands and their future plans.
  • 26 3
 if their products and direction the last few years are any induction nothing is going on behind close doors! surprised they are still in business. . . . . .
  • 10 5
 @MX298: same - I used to think they were higher than GT bikes… not after the last two years. Regressive geo and prices of a boutique brand with terrible spec. It’s like they think their Rocky Mountain or something.
  • 10 0
 Exactly. And who’s to say Miranda wasn’t the one to initiate leaving? Maybe she found a better offer elsewhere.
  • 16 0
 @StumpHumper45: regressive geo? As in their suspension kinematics or their general geo? Neither one I would see as being regressive. The process x has a progressive suspension design. And for it being released in 2020, it has geo on par with big enduro bikes that are being released right now. At the time some of its geo was much farther ahead than other enduro bikes. It’s HA is 63.5 where as most of the bigger bikes at the time were 64.5-65.5 excluding something like the pole bikes.
  • 3 6
 @MX298: They dropped the 111, then tried to shove a half dozen imposters out as replacements, All of which lacked the fun of their predecessor.

Sorry to let you know Kona, but it looks like Chris Sugai will be joining you for dinner.
  • 6 0
 @ATXZJ: I find it so confusing that people drone on about the process 111 when the current hei hei has nearly the exact same geometry and 9mm more travel.
  • 3 5
 @matyk: problem is that the 111 was cutting edge for its time. The hei hei is not cutting edge in any way. It's just another mid-pack bike.
  • 4 0
 @ratedgg13: I agree, it was very cutting edge for it's time, but everyone complains that Kona doesn't make the 111 anymore. I'm not sure what they would want when the hei hei and the process 134 exist.
  • 3 0
 @matyk: I owned 9 new konas between 2014
and 2018. 2, p111s, 2 hei hei carbons, 134,153, honzo, private Jake and a fire mountain for my kid. Been to HQ in Ferndale, got the t-shirt etc. Overall, a pretty loyal Kona family.

When the 2018 line dropped I was completely disappointed. They've done a marginal job getting back to where they were under prior management that has since gone to greener pastures. The standout being the process x. Which I've unfortunately seen ONE of on the trail and that was at MSA.

I came really close to giving them another shot when the 120mm HH came out but with bikes like the spur available it's hard to go back. I bought a druid instead.
  • 2 0
 @ratedgg13: this

They seem to have gone from fun, boundary pushing designs, to straight up meh
  • 2 0
 @ATXZJ: You're absolutely right, Kona hasn't done anything noteworthy since the 2017 lineup. I've had 4 Kona's since 2013. I can tell you though, while being nothing special on paper, the current 120 hei hei is a really fun bike.
  • 3 4
 @matyk: Very simple. The 111 was one of the first 'downcountry' bikes. The HeiHei's geo is basically the same as the 111, and in no way modern (67.5 HTA wtf?). I mean the HeiHei is almost indistinguishable from my "old" rocky mountain thunderbolt (a 2015!) other than wheel size.
The Process 134 is just a generic trail bike with absolutely no standout features and is absurdly heavy (34lb) for a 'trail' bike.
I'm very disappointed in Kona.
  • 1 1
 @matyk: TBH, I wouldn't kick the 120mm hei hei outta bed LoL.

Toss on a 130mm fork, 2* angleset and it could've been a perfect rig for the Austin trails I used to ride.
  • 2 0
 @matyk: kona has always had lumpy development. Joke: what did kona do after the engineer finished the design of the stinky dee luxe? A: fired him.
Those bikes didn’t change for what seemed like an eternity. Then a resurgence in early 2010s and nothing meaningful since. The open question is whether the new private equity overlords can harness something positive and move the brand forward.
  • 1 1
 @ATXZJ: I dunno, I don't think it needs anything that extreme. I've ridden plenty of 65-66 HA bikes, and quite frankly, I think they handle like garbage outside of a bike park. It's just floppy steering and really only good for strait bombing descents. If slacker angles and more travel is what you're looking for, then just get a process 134 and put some lightweight wheels on it.
  • 4 0
 @ATXZJ and @matyk: I have no particular brand loyalty to Kona, but the 2019 and 2020 Process 153 is probably the best bike I’ve ever ridden. It’s playful and confidence inspiring, and just plows over everything. I’d like to try a Process X, and I’ve heard great things about the Big Honzo, and Honzo ESD. (But I like suspension)

There are legit criticisms of Kona, for sure, especially regarding component specs for the money, but I don’t think it’s time to ring the death knell yet.
  • 3 0
 @TheR: I almost bought a 153 when I was searching for a longer travel bike. I've heard nothing but good things about those. I ended up with a commercial meta am instead. My meta is really great, but I'd still like to give the 153 a try.
  • 5 0
 @TheR: the x is a great bike. I owned one for a period, but I move frames very frequently. It had the same fun factor that my 2018 process 153 had. I’ve owned multiple bikes in between those and since the x but it still remains as a stand out in my head. It was super fun but most of all it was FAST. The straight line confidence on that thing was insane.

People love to complain about certain companies not pushing boundaries (Kona being one) but will happily shell out $10k on a Santa Cruz that has never pushed any of the boundaries they speak of
  • 1 0
 @matyk: I cannot speak to the new 153s — the geometry is slightly longer and slacker and all that, but my 2019 is just awesome. The 134 has changed its geometry to be kind of like the old 153s, with a couple differences. Personally, I like the extra travel. I’ll ride the 153 one more season, but I have no idea what I’m going to replace it with.
  • 2 0
 @ratedgg13: I’m not sure which 134 you’re talking about, but mine weighs well under 34. I assume you speak of the lower end aluminum builds but if the said buyer cares about weight… they should just spring for carbon. Only thing that disappointed me was the almost intentionally hideous color ways in the lineup this year
  • 3 1
 @matyk: Yeah, but can you repeated case, crash, and generally abuse a Hei Hei the same way you could with a 111? Numbers aren't everything. That old Kona freeride spirit isn't in the Hei Hei in the same way
  • 1 0
 @acm725: Kona is hit or miss on the colorways.
  • 1 0
 @VtVolk: Why would the Hei Hei be any less durable?
  • 1 0
 @TheR: my argument is based on pure emotion, not logic!

That said, my 111 was a tank, and all that extra aluminum must have made it more durable
  • 1 0
 @matyk: you chose wisely.
  • 2 1
 @TheR: it has no rear pivot bearings. Flexing the seat/chain stays . . . .
  • 1 0
 @VtVolk: I can assure you, I beat the hell out of my hei hei. I've come up short on jumps and cased, and I've also over shot them to landing flat. I have no doubts in it's durability.
  • 1 0
 @MX298: That isn't a concern
  • 1 0
 @StumpHumper45: just for say, I have never owned a GT bike, but tried two of them and in my opinion both were good and solid bikes, not to mention the blue Fury... I don't understand why here there is some "hate" against them. In my area it's really hard to find a Kona, so I can't tell, but I have to say that for sure it's hardly the first brand come to my mind thinking about a new bike.
  • 3 0
 @Alexh1983: I think all the nose turning at GT's is just because the styling doesn't suite everyone, and maybe the poor engineering, lousy build quality, finish, and unimpressive value, lack of representation in racing, tarnished reputation and generally everything that the corporate overlords have done to destroy a brand that used to be at the pinnacle of all things bicycle. Otherwise, stellar.
  • 2 0
 @TheR: Kona really should have just kept shoveling money at her till she said that's enough ok I'll stay.
  • 1 0
 @matyk: that is not a resistance free (bearing) movement. ! ! !
  • 1 0
 @MX298: You're right. Still not a concern.
  • 15 0
 Hoping for rocky mountain!
  • 6 0
 Heck YES
  • 19 8
 They gave up Fearon, they're giving up Miller... I guess the PE firm that bought them is really trimming costs. Are we next going to see Kona at Dick's?
  • 8 14
flag Tayrob FL (Jan 5, 2023 at 8:56) (Below Threshold)
 I feel like the process X will be the last good bike we will see from Kona before we do see them in sporting good stores or direct on Amazon.
  • 32 1
 It’s a pretty big leap from letting a rider go to no longer making quality bikes. We will see which direction they’re heading.
  • 4 1
 They also seemed to really step back from their winning cyclocross team in the US. Didn’t realize it was a PE takeover situation. Bummer
  • 9 2
 @TheR: from a comment section view, yes. As a long time Kona rider it’s been a gradual but noticeable trend
  • 6 0
 Yes, they'll be selling the new Shlongky Ebike
  • 2 0
 This is either accidentally or intentionally funny wording for those who know Kona staff...
  • 3 0
 @Mngnt: lol yes, lots of kona’s at Dick’s place already
  • 1 0
 @shredddr: LOLOL, if you know, you know.
  • 11 0
 Maybe I just grew up watching Fabien Barel dominate on one, but I still think Konas are rad.
  • 11 1
 Must have been a difficult Process.
  • 9 0
 humahuma nuka manapua
  • 3 0
 That's what she said.
  • 2 0
 Humuhnuhka uhpohoho noponapananashanana. Pretty sure nailed it.
  • 7 0
 i parted ways with my stinky in 2005
  • 17 0
 I parted ways with a stinky this morning
  • 3 0
 @browner: Now you're talking!
  • 9 1
 @browner: name checks out.
  • 6 0
 @browner: Was it a coiler?
  • 6 0
 @barp: I hope it wasn't explosif.
  • 9 2
 She's going to transition.
  • 19 13
 And what about her sponsor?
  • 5 0
 Classy Racer Miranda, wish her total success! . Squamish sucks don’t go!.
  • 5 0
 I parted ways with them as well in 2019...
  • 5 0
 I am still trying to process this move.
  • 5 0
 I wonder if she will end up on rocky mountain
  • 3 2
 I wasn't sure if Kona were even a bike brand anymore?
Back in the 90s & 00s they were everywhere with their distinctive frame design and bombproof bikes (terrible specs for the cash) but yeah they were everywhere!
Now - they aren't on any scene and I couldn't tell you what their bikes in the last 10-15years have looked like?!
  • 6 2
 Jenson USA now sells Kona. I still don’t want one.
  • 3 2
 soon to be their regular closeout bikes at end of year... basically the only situation when the value is there.
  • 2 2
 I love the brand til death, and will always own a steel Honzo - but Kona needs a new art director, a new marketing director, and a new quality control chief. They need to rebuild their brand before it matters who's riding for them.
  • 3 0
 Shouldnt break up during cuddle season!
  • 4 1
 Perhaps time to tink about hiring Tinker? If he stopped crying, that is.
  • 3 0
 Juarez? Wait, what?

Why is he crying? Why would he ride for Kona? Why is think spelled tink was it on purpose? Is there a rule against hiring someone while they're actively crying? And I hope they do?
  • 3 0
 Good luck Miranda, you’re a first class act.
  • 2 0
 Is Kona completely done with racing now after quietly shutting down the cyclocross team as well? Hope the brand can survive.
  • 2 0
 Hoping for Yeti, just for more Miranda/ Dick Rude antics. Man she's brutal lol
  • 1 0
 She's going to Norco. Her and Jill are going to sweep the season You heard it here 1st kids
  • 5 3
 RIP Kona
  • 1 0
 Kona need a rider who wins. Maybe a new enduro team.
  • 1 0
 That means Robbie Bourdon is back to Kona with a StinkySmile
  • 1 0
 Oompa Loompa rides again! We haven't had that spirit here since 2009
  • 2 0
 Kona rules!
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