2012 BIKES : GRAVITY : HARDTAIL
Riding down a hill on a bike is one of life's finer pleasures. The work is done, and now it's time to have straight-up, unadulterated fun. At Kona, we've been down with down since it started, and our 2012 collection shows it. From our all-new short-travel bike-park destroyer Entourage to the Honzo, a burly all-mountain Cromoly 29er; from the fast-emerging legend of the Operator's mega-plush durability to the best climbing freeride bike ever made, the CoilAir. No matter how you do your down, whether be it by lift, lung or a whole lotta air, we're the business.
You've only got a little bit of cash in your wallet. That's cool; you're too busy living life to be working. Of course, that doesn't mean you still shouldn't ride a great bike. New for 2012, the Kona Downside makes for an incredibly tough, ultra-durable, great bare-bones-riding dirt-jump bike that's accessible to the cash-crunched, air-spirited among us. Let it rip and fly free. Note: Expect to be hounded on the internet by every kid wanting to trade you their paintball gun, Xbox, or Deer Master buck knife for your new ride.
|Frame Material||Kona Clump Cromoly Butted|
|Fork||Marzocchi DJ Comp 80mm|
|Crankarms||Chainway CroMo BMX|
|B/B||Chainway Spanish BB|
|Brake Calipers||ProMax Mechanical Disc|
|Front Brake Rotor||ProMax 160mm|
|Rear Brake Rotor||ProMax 160mm|
|Brake Levers||ProMax Mechanical Disc|
|Handlebar||Kona DJ Bar|
|Seat Clamp||Kona Clamp|
|Front Hub||Formula Disc 20mm|
|Rear Hub||Formula Disc 135mm|
|Front Tire||Maxxis Holy Roller 26x2.4|
|Rear Tire||Maxxis Holy Roller 26x2.4|
|Paint Color||Matt Brown|
|GEOMETRY LEGEND:||RC = Chainstay Length||BBH = Bottom Bracket Height|
|FC = Front To Center||SO = Standover|
|TTH = Top Tube Length||WB = Wheelbase||HT = Head Tube Length|
|STA = Seat Tube Angle||FL = Fork Length||BBS = Bottom Bracket Size|
|HTA = Head Tube Angle||OF = Fork Offset||FD = Front Derailleur Clamp Size|
|Note: All Specifications Are Subject To Change Without Notice|
Kona CromolyWe've never given up on the original mountain bike material. You'll find the simplicity, strength, comfort, resilience and playfulness of Kona Cromoly sprinkled throughout our line of road, asphalt and mountain bikes. Very few materials offer as much shock absorption, durability and supple-ride characteristics as steel. This is the original Long Sweet Ride material.
2012 Kona Cromoly bikes: Downside, Shonky, Steely, Honzo, Band Wagon, Paddy Wagon, Sutra, Honky Tonk, Honky Inc, Roundabout, Unit
Sloping ToptubeKona recognized the advantages of sloping toptube frame design right from the beginning. Designed by inaugural MTB-Hall-of-Fame legend Joe Murray back in 1988, the very first Konas were some of the first mountain bikes to feature sloping toptubes (STT). As a company we've stayed true to this philosophy, going so far as to pioneer the design in road bikes long before its benefits were understood by most of the industry. Because of the many positives STT design brings to overall bike performance and comfort, you'll find it today throughout our entire line of road, commuter and mountain bikes.
Here's why: Firstly, STT design allows the toptube to be lower, providing more room for correct positioning and free body movement and enabling more standover clearance, which is particularly useful on dual-suspension bikes that have higher bottom brackets. Riders have a more secure riding position, a real benefit when riding downhill sections.
Secondly, a big benefit of STT is a longer and more compliant toptube. As the top and downtube become more parallel, there's less triangulation, resulting in more compliancy. Not only is the frame stronger and more responsive, but it absorbs more shock than frames with horizontal toptubes.
Compact Rear TriangleShort chainstays and seatstays provide a perfect balance of stability and power transfer when out of the saddle and pedaling hard. Shorter seatstays also have less deflection during braking and accelerate faster than longer stays. The shorter rear triangle also helps the bike to negotiate tight-twisting sections of trail. Our new Entourage short-travel downhill bike is a good example of an incredibly compact rear triangle. Our goal was to create a bike that was easy to jump and trick, and could also corner aggressively. With seatstays measuring just 415mm, we've created one of the most nimble short travel DH bikes in the industry.
Internal HeadsetBy having the headset bearing located inside the headtube (called zero stack), rather than the top and bottom, we are able to achieve a number of advantages when it comes to front-end stiffness, durability and overall riding performance. The major benefit of an internal headset is the extra layer of protection it provides the bearings against the elements. Additionally, the bearings are commonly available angular contact bearings, which are easily and inexpensively replaced. An internal headset also reduces stack height, so the height of the stem and bars are more adjustable, giving the rider the best fit possible.
Kona Sizing and FitSizing and fit have always been one of the main strengths of the Kona Ride. With more stock sizes available than any other bike company, our size scale is designed to be continuous from platform to platform and is easy to understand from the perspective of the consumer because our simplified system allows easy fine-tuning that creates a perfect marriage of bike and rider.
On our Trail/All-Mountain and XC Race bikes, we feature longer toptubes coupled with shorter stems and slightly shorter headset stack heights. The steps between sizes are at half-inch to one-inch increments, with up to seven sizes that can range from 14 to 22 inches on many models. In the asphalt range, size gaps are at even 15 to 20mm steps. There are still up to six sizes, from 46cm to 61cm on most models.
When it's called for, seat posts are either offset or straight to maximize the reach and power output of the rider. More importantly, our comprehensive bike sizing allows Kona dealers and riders to determine their fit more easily from model to model and category to category.
Lifetime WarrantyKona warrants to the original owner that their new Kona bicycle frame purchased from an authorized Kona dealer shall be free of defective materials or workmanship for the lifetime of ownership by the original owner. This warranty is limited to five years for carbon fiber frames and three years for electric pedal-assist frames.
During this warranty period, Kona shall repair or replace, at its sole option, the bicycle frame if Kona determines the frame is defective and subject to this limited warranty. The original owner shall pay all labor and shipping charges connected with the repair or replacement of the bicycle frame. Please see the Kona owner's manual, provided with your bicycle, for additional information.
- Marzocchi DJ3 80mm fork
- Solid Cromoly BMX cranks
- ProMax mechanical disc brakes
- Alex MUS30 rims