Kona 2010: New road and commuting bikes
By James Costley-White | Friday, September 11, 2009 11.20am
Canadian company Kona are best known for their mountain bikes, but their road line-up has been steadily growing in recent years and they've got some interesting new models for 2010.
We gave you a sneak peek at some of these last month, but now we've seen them in the flesh and got the lowdown on the prices. Here are the highlights from the 2010 road range. Check out the thumbnails on the right for more images.
The Zing (£750) and Zing Deluxe (£1,000) road bikes feature a new hydroformed 7005 aluminium frame with internal cable routing for 2010 and come with Kona's own lightweight carbon fork.
The Zing has Shimano Sora gearing and Alex Race24 rims on Shimano Tiagra and Formula hubs, while the Deluxe version gets 105 (with an Ultegra rear mech) and Mavic Aksiums.
Kona have two new singlespeed road bikes, the Grand Wagon (£1,800) and Band Wagon (£800), which join the existing Paddy Wagon (£550).
All come with flip-flop hubs so they can be run with a fixed gear or freewheel depending on personal preference.
The top-end Grand Wagon is a classy-looking machine that's described by Kona as a "piece of mobile art". It has a bronze-welded Dedacciai chromoly frame, Sugino RaceTrack SG75 crankset, Mavic RaceTrack Ellipse wheels and a Selle Italia Flite leather saddle.
Its cheaper Band Wagon sibling features an eye-catching combination of a powder blue custom-butted chromoly frame and candy red deep-dish Alex R600 rims. It comes with Kona's own Retro Road fork.
The Major One is a new scandium-tubed cyclo-cross bike designed with an eye on the commuting market. Unlike its Jake stablemates, it's a singlespeed, which helps keep weight down to a claimed 17.9lb. RRP is £900.
The steel Honky Tonk is described by Kona as a "workhorse, no-nonsense, fender-ready utilitarian road riding machine". It features a custom-butted chromoly frame, Kona Retro Road fork and Shimano Sora nine-speed gearing. RRP is £750.
The £950 Dr Fine comes complete with a Shimano Alfine eight-speed hub gear, Shimano 486 hydraulic disc brakes and redesigned rear stays so it's easier to fit mudguards and racks.
The frame is lightweight butted aluminium, and a new head tube shape is said to improve stiffness, strength and handling. Kona's chromoly Project Two fork helps filter out road buzz up front.
The new Super Dew is a fast commuter with a hydroformed scandium frame. It comes with a carbon fork, Shimano 575 hydraulic disc brakes, a mix of Shimano Ultegra and 105 gearing and FSA's RD460 wheelset. RRP is £1750.
The last new addition to the line is the Dew FS. Its swoopy shape is sure to divide opinion but is designed to give a comfortable upright riding position.
It comes with a 63mm-travel Suntour suspension fork, a Kona suspension seatpost and Shimano 486 hydraulic disc brakes. RRP is £650.
There are plenty of other road and mountain bike models in Kona's range. Check out www.konaworld.com for more information.
One model that certainly caught our eye was the metallic orange Kona TT triathlon and time trial bike, which is now available for men and women. It boasts a custom aero 7005 aluminium frame, Dedacciai Fin carbon fork and FSA Vision handlebar and stem. RRP is £1,500.
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