Kona’s began to unveil its 2021 vary of bikes, kicking off with updates to the Course of X carbon enduro-focused bike and its aluminium counterpart the Course of 153.
The Canadian model can be launching the brand new Honzo ESD, which must be on par with the Norco Torrent HT in defining the hardcore hardtail class due to radical geometry and no-nonsense traces.
There’s a brand new El Kahuna electrical mountain bike and a brand new Splice-E electrical commuter bike, too.
2021 Kona Course of X DL and Course of X
Designed to be gravity-focused bikes that may be pedalled to the highest of the hill on lengthy days out, the 2021 29in-wheeled Course of vary of bikes have 162mm of rear wheel journey and 170mm of fork journey.
Though each the Course of X and Course of X DL share the identical carbon fibre body, their elements differ barely with the DL getting lighter, higher-performing equipment.
The 2021 Course of X boasts a 63.5-degree head-tube angle, adjustable chainstay lengths from both 435mm or 450mm and an impressively steep 78-degree seat-tube angle for the scale giant. Attain figures span from 440mm for the small as much as a whopping 525mm for the extra-large bike.
Wheelbase figures are additionally pretty mammoth, beginning at 1,213mm and lengthening to over 1,323mm on the extra-large bike in its lengthy chainstay setting.
All sizes within the new Course of X vary have a brief seat-tube size, which suggests the small and medium sizes get a 170mm journey dropper submit, whereas the massive and extra-large bikes get a 200mm journey submit.
Though the body relies round 29in wheels, a flip-chip on the seatstay to rocker pivot makes it doable to show it right into a mullet bike with a 29in entrance and 27.5in rear wheel. There are additionally water bottle cage bosses on the highest of the down tube.
The 2021 Course of X DL is kitted out with top-spec elements together with the RockShox ZEB Ultimate fork and SuperDeluxe Final rear shock, SRAM X01 Eagle 12-speed drivetrain, SRAM Code RSC brakes and DT Swiss 350 hubs laced to WTB KOM Path i30 rims. The Course of X DL retails for £7,200 / $6,999.
The Course of X has a Fox 38 Efficiency GRIP fork and DPX2 Efficiency Elite shock, Shimano XT and Deore combine 12-speed drivetrain and Shimano Deore four-piston brakes. The 2021 Course of X retails for £5,499 / $4,999.
2021 Kona Course of 153
Being the Course of X’s barely much less excessive alloy counterpart, the 153 receives comparable geometry updates to its greater sibling plus is available in two wheel measurement choices – two 29in bikes and one 27.5in mannequin – throughout three fashions.
The 29in bikes can be found in medium, giant and extra-large sizes whereas the smaller 27.5in bike sizes vary from small to extra-large.
Claimed to be 150g lighter than earlier Course of 153 fashions, the brand new 2021 bike has a 64.5-degree head-tube angle, 76.5-degree seat-tube angle (measurement giant), 435mm chainstays and attain figures that vary from 425mm on the small 27.5in mannequin as much as 515mm for the XL 29in-wheeled bike.
The 2021 Course of 153 DL 29 tops the spec sheet with a RockShox Lyrik Choose RC Charger fork and SuperDeluxe Choose Plus rear shock, a SRAM SX, NX and GX 12-speed Eagle drivetrain combine and SRAM G2 RS brakes. The DL mannequin prices £3,699 / $3,699.
The marginally extra fundamental Course of 153 29 is downgraded to a RockShox Yari RC Movement Management fork and Deluxe Choose rear shock, SRAM SX and NX 12-speed Eagle drivetrain combine and fundamental SRAM Information T brakes.
The 27.5in Course of 153 shares its spec with the 29in mannequin of the identical identify bar the 27.5in wheels and tyres.
Each the 29in and 27.5in Course of 153 value £2,99 / $2,999.
2021 Kona Honzo ESD
Headline information on the Honzo ESD is its geometry, which Kona says has been derived from the Course of X enduro bike.
It’s bought a 63.5-degree head-tube angle when the body’s operating the inventory 150mm journey fork, 435mm chainstays and attain figures that begin at 440mm for the scale small and prolong as much as 525mm for the extra-large bike.
The seat-tube angle is 77.5 levels throughout the sizes and the wheelbase figures vary from 1,186mm as much as 1,285mm.
Together with its progressive geometry, the Honzo ESD’s equipment helps outline its hardcore hardtail credentials.
Up entrance there’s a Marzocchi Bomber Z1 fork with GRIP damper and 150mm journey. It has a Shimano Deore/SLX/XT combine 12-speed drivetrain and Shimano Deore brakes. It’s additionally specced with a Maxxis Assegai entrance tyre, Minion DHR II rear tyre mixture.
The brand new 2021 Kona Honzo ESD retails for £2,699 / $2,699.
2021 Kona El Kahuna
Positioned as Kona’s “utilitarian trekking bike” due to rack and mudguard mounts, 100mm of suspension journey and clearance for 29in tyres as much as 2.35in large, the El Kahuna electrical mountain bike relies round Shimano’s STEPS E6100 motor with a 504Wh battery.
It’s specced with 10-speed Shimano Deore equipment and a Suntour XCR34 fork. Meaning it must be glad tackling light path centre loops or blasting hearth roads, and the 504Wh battery means it’ll have loads of juice for many adventures.
The 2021 Kona El Kahuna will retail for £2,599.
2021 Kona Splice-E
Greatest suited to tackling lengthy days within the saddle exploring tarmac roads, whizzing to the outlets or changing the automotive for brief journeys, the 2021 Splice-E makes use of Shimano’s E6100 motor with a 504Wh battery.
It comes fitted with mudguards and lights as customary gear and has mounts for rear pannier racks. It’s additionally decked out in Shimano Alivio equipment with 160mm hydraulic disc brakes and is on the market in 4 sizes from small to extra-large.
In response to Kona, the 2021 Splice-E will value £2,599.