Kona has revealed its 2015 bike lineup – and it's the largest in the company's 28-year history.
Major changes include a downsized Process 134, a new budget downhill bike and an equally price-conscious road bike series. Many other models will continue with just minor refinements.
Kona 2015 road bikes
The Esatto name might sound familiar – it was first used last year, for Kona’s Lynskey-made titanium endurance road frame. For 2015, Esatto has become a model series in its own right; the titanium frame has been joined by three affordable scandium aluminium bikes.
With 28c rubber, relaxed geometry, disc brakes (mostly) and compact gearing, the Esatto is a versatile road bike capable of all-day exploring, gran fondos, commuting or long training rides.
Despite an aluminium construction, the Esatto's thin seatstays should help soothe the ride
Kona is one of the few brands to use scandium enriched aluminium, and the Esatto uses Kona’s ‘race light scandium 69’ blend. Scandium is added to the aluminium to refine the material grain, increasing strength and meaning that less material can be used.
The basic £799 / US$999 Esatto has an alloy tapered steerer carbon fork and rim brakes. The £1,199 / US$1,399 Esatto D (Disc) and £1,599 / US$1,799 Esatto DDL (Disc Deluxe) will feature mechanical disc brakes and full carbon tapered forks.
Kona’s Zone carbon road bikes will continue for 2015.
Kona 2015 mountain bikes
The Process 167 is a new hard-hitting downhill/freeride bike. The 167 is built around 26in wheels – unlike the Process 153 DL we reviewed recently. Kona claims that fitting 27.5in wheels to the 167 would have ruined its geometry. The 167mm rear wheel travel is controlled by a RockShox Vivid Air RC2 shock, matched to the 170mm RockShox Lyrik DH RC2DH Solo Air front at the fork.
Kona says: “If you wanted to call this bike the new Stinky, we’d be okay with that.”
Kona team rider Graham Agassiz will likely grab the new Process 167 for his fast-paced spins and flips
Elsewhere in the Process range, the new Process 134 SE aims to offer enduro capability at a lighter weight with a lower standover height. Offered down to a XS frame size, for riders of 5ft 4in and under, this 140mm travel, 27.5in-wheeled bike will feature SRAM’s new X1 groupset. Pricing is £TBA / US$3,999.
The new Process 134 SE is effectively a downsized and lightened Process 134
The final new bike of note is the Precept 200 downhill bike, which is aimed at the speed-seeking gravity crowed. It'll sit alongside Kona’s budget-orientated Precept trail bikes and will retail for £2,399 / US$2,999. The geometry of the 26in wheeled Precept 200 has been inspired by Kona's pro-level Operator downhill bike.
It has an aluminium frame and linkage-driven single-pivot suspension design, and basic spec includes Avid Code R brakes, RockShox Domain dual crown fork and Sun Ringlé MTX33 rims.
The Kona Precept 200 is a downhill-focused machine for those on a budget
The full line-up will be released on Kona’s website on 21 July.