Kona Raijin 29er hardtail — First look

Team Seagal offer sneak peek at Kona’s new titanium rig

Kona have released preview images of their new Raijin titanium 29er hardtail frame via the tongue-in-cheek blog of Team Seagal. While the blog is focused on fun, the bike looks to be all business.

Built in Tennessee by Lynskey Performance, the Raijin looks to be a thoroughly modern and thoughtfully versatile chassis. Key features include a conventional double-diamond layout with a slightly curved down tube for fork crown clearance, a 44mm-diameter head tube for use with straight 1-1/8in or tapered 1-1/8 to 1-1/2in steerers, a PressFit 30 bottom bracket shell, slider dropouts for geared or singlespeed use, and a 27.2mm-diameter seatpost for a little extra flex.

A 44mm-diameter head tube will accept either straight 1 1/8

A 44mm-diameter head tube will accept either straight 1-1/8in or tapered 1-1/8 to 1-1/2in steerer tubes

Cables are routed along the top tube with neatly welded zip-tie style mounts for full-length housing. Projected release date is early April and there will be five frame sizes: 16, 18, 19, 20 and 22in. Geometry is based around a 69.5-degree head tube angle, 74-degree seat tube angle and 12.2in (310mm) bottom bracket height (18in frame with a 100mm-travel fork).

Target weight for an 18in frame is 1.8kg (4lb) and retail price will be a fairly reasonable US$1,899. We'll be on hand at the product launch in mid-February where Kona say they'll have prototypes available for ride testing.

The non-driveside is reinforced with a short, welded-on strut. threaded adjusters allow for precise rear wheel positioning:

The non-drive side is reinforced with a short, welded-on strut. Threaded adjusters allow for precise rear wheel positioning

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA

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