2012 BIKES : ROAD
At Kona, we like to do road a little different. We're not a pro tour bike company, nor do we have a wind tunnel. We do, however, ride a lot of road. We ride it to work, we ride it around mountain ranges, we ride it in the shoulder seasons, and we ride it across massive swaths that span entire countries. We ride road because it helps us go faster on our mountain bikes, and we ride it just for the pure joy of spinning out the most efficient machine ever invented. For 2012, we offer a unique collection of perfectly refined, application-specific road bikes that find beautiful balance between comfort, material, price and aesthetic.
For those looking to quicken their pace, Kona has partnered with renowned Italian road frame manufacturer Dedacciai to create a custom carbon fiber road fiend, the all-new King Zing. To design the bike, we've taken everything we've learned about riding road and put it into an exacting, no-frill frame set that's light, fast and responsive but stable at the same time. Using a monocoque frame construction that features a tapered headtube and integrated headset, with a full-carbon monocoque fork, we've created a magical, feather-light ride. Designed to excel at everything from Cat 2 crits to long and arduous GranFondos, we've worked hard to ensure the features, shapes and geometries of the Kona ride come out in their true colors. With Kona custom-designed spines on the chainstays and the seatstays for a more vertically compliant rear triangle that still effectively reduces side-to-side deflection, the King Zing is a comfortable, confident, classic road-angle racing bike suitable for any age and ability.
|Frame Material||Kona Carbon Race by Deda|
|Sizes||SC49, SC53, SC56, SC59, SC61cm|
|Fork||Kona Carbon Race by Deda|
|Crankarms||FSA SLK Light Carbon|
|Freewheel||Shimano CS-5700 12-25 10 spd|
|R/D||Shimano Ultegra SS|
|Brake Calipers||Shimano Ultegra|
|Front Brake Rotor||N/A|
|Rear Brake Rotor||N/A|
|Brake Levers||Shimano Ultegra|
|Headset||FSA No. 42|
|Seat Clamp||Kona Clamp|
|Grips||Kona Cork Tape|
|Saddle||Selle Italia SL Monolink Carbonio Flow|
|Front Hub||Mavic Ksyrium Equipe Wheelset|
|Rear Hub||Mavic Ksyrium Equipe Wheelset|
|Spokes||Mavic Ksyrium Equipe Wheelset|
|Rims||Mavic Ksyrium Equipe Wheelset|
|Front Tire||Continental Ultra Race 700x23c Kevlar|
|Rear Tire||Continental Ultra Race 700x23c Kevlar|
|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|
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.
Tapered HeadtubeFor 2012, you'll find a large majority of Kona bicycles featuring zero stack, tapered headtubes. From cyclocross to cross-country, 29ers right through to longer-travel dual-suspension models, like our Entourage and Operator, a tapered headtube provides more support at the intersection of the toptube and downtube, greatly improving stability and overall performance.
The design also offers a more solid interface between forks with tapered steertubes and the bicycle frame itself. More girth at the bottom of the headtube better distributes shock force, prolonging the bearing life of the headset itself. The inherent strength of its triangular design also means a stronger steering position and improved balance, giving the rider more control in rough terrain. A zero stack, tapered headtube also puts strength where the load is going-into the lower headset cup-maximizing bearing durability where it's needed.
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.
- New FSA SLK Light Carbon crankset
- Shimano Ultegra components
- Mavic Ksyrium Equipe wheelset
- FSA Carbon cockpit