Why we love selling Kona Bikes
After spending 2 days in the breathtakingly beautiful town of Squamish, British Columbia, we have drank the Kona kool-aid. You could actually say we got drunk. Not a sloppy kind of drunk, but a happy ear to ear grin kind of drunk. Kona 2017 product launch was one bike party we are glad we didn’t miss.
Kona was the first brand to produce a complete range of sloping top tube design mountain bike frames all the way back in 1988. Fast forward to 2016…they offer a full range of commuter, road, cyclo-cross, and mountain bikes. They design bikes for people that ride bikes. Not for companies who make bikes for people to ride.
After spending time with most of the people in the company, we get it. We get why we love putting people on Kona’s to test ride. We get why we love fitting people on Kona’s. We get why everyone who works at Local Hub either owns a Kona or has a 2017 on order. They make great bikes. Period.
I was able to test ride a few bikes from their road collection. When they say road, they mean any bike that was designed to be ridden on the road, not necessarily racing bikes with skinny tires. I was most impressed with the Sutra LTD and the new Wheelhouse. The Sutra LTD is the ultimate adventure bike. This multi-functional bike can be used to ride the Tour Divide, go on bike packing trips, or as a daily commuter. It’s rough, tough, and can hold a lot of stuff. The Wheelhouse is a new edition to the family of steel frame road bikes. Made with Reynolds 853 butted cromoly, and Shimano Tiagra components, the bike held the road with a firm stiffness that made for nice long day in the saddle. The tire size, 700 x 30 felt comfortable and smooth. With more people wanting to mix up road and gravel, the larger tires come in handy when the terrain changes. I liked this bike so much, I picked up the upgraded Roadhouse for myself. Switching from carbon to steel with disc brakes for my road bike will be interesting, but a welcome change.
While we don’t carry every bike they make, trust us, we wish we could, we carry the bikes that are great for riding on Dallas road, paths, and trails. We can also order any current model they make and have them built up by our service department ready to ride out the door. The new 2017 models will be in stock very soon. Check out the new Kona website to do some pre-game research.