Kona May 2012 Newsletter
The latest installment from Kona has recently come our way and is once again jam packed with news and info on some great stories, competitions and happenings in the Kona world…
In an effort to make owning Kona’s new Entourage or Entourage DL 170mm DH/Freeride bike even more of a blast that it already is, we’ve created two super cool contests that offer purchasers of the bike both the chance to win great prizes, and FREE epic trips.
In North America we’re launching the Bring Your Entourage Sweepstakes. Get a Kona Entourage before June 30, 2012, register your warranty and the purchaser is automatically entered in the chance to win 1 of 12 GoPro HD HERO 2 cameras with freeride specific mounts, 1 of 2 RockShox Totem forks, 1 Easton Havoc 35 carbon bar and stem, 1 Easton Havoc wheelset, and 1 of 20 DVD copies of Anthill Films’ Strength in Numbers?36 individual prizes totaling nearly $15,000!
Go HERE for more info.
In Europe our Super Riding Weekend promotion entitles riders who buy an Entourage or Entourage DL before May 30th to a free weekend at either Leogang Bike Park, Austria, Laajauori Bike Park, Finland, or Les Arcs Bike Park, France.
2013 Sneak Peek – The Rove, Kona’s New Drop Bar All-Terrain Time Machine
When it comes to “Monster Cross” or “Gravel Grinder” bikes, we wanted to design a ride that would excel on as many rough surfaces as we could throw at it. Everything from bumpy backroads to dusty highways, with all forms of irregularity in between. A bike that could go on a month long tour one day, ride to school the next, then race cross on the weekend. The Rove is all about filling that slot…or slots we should say. Featuring large tire clearance, eyelets for racks and fenders, and mechanical disc brakes, the Rove’s Kona Cromoly frameset is all about doing a lot with a little, and having boatloads of everywhere fun along the way.
Based on extensive testing in and around our Ferndale, WA product development offices?on everything from full-on singletrack to rough rural roads?we’re extremely happy with the versatility and ride feel of the bike. It doesn’t ride low, like some bikes in the category. It’s aggressive yet comfortable, nimble but sturdy. Priced at $1699USD, the Rove will be launched with Kona’s new 2013 collection and will be available late summer 2012. Go HERE for more.
Team Update – Kona’s Front Line Warriors Continue to Kick Ass
The Kona Team’s star-studded cadre of international pro cyclists continues to turn heads with solid results, incredible exposure and good time antics. We’ve got our young Aussie DH rippers tearing up tracks from South Africa to BC, our trifecta of freeriders, Aggy, Bass and Bizet continue to wow the world with their aerial antics, our Enduro team is hammering off to a great start, and the XC steeds are laying some serious heat on the competition. Go HERE for a full report on the Kona Team’s recent exploits.
Kona Announces 2012 Grassroots Line-up
Since Kona began its Grassroots Pro Development Program in 1990, we’ve helped hundreds of amateur cyclists take the next step in their competitive cycling endeavors. Some notable riders that started in Grassroots include Ryder Hesjedal, Geoff Kabush, Barry Wicks, and Ryan Trebon. Two current Team Kona athletes that got their start in the program include Graham “Aggy” Agassiz, and Antoine “Bizzy” Bizet. “New developments in cycling have always started at the grassroots level,” explains Jacob Heilbron, one of Kona’s founders. “Being in touch and working with up and coming athletes has driven just about every important new platform and model that Kona has introduced since we started building bikes in 1988.”
For the 2012 racing season, Kona’s Grassroots Program features over 60 riders in 10 countries. Disciplines include: Enduro, DH, XC, CX, Dirtjump and Freeride. The list is impressive, with representation from tween national DH contenders to Finnish Enduro athletes, French dirtjump upstarts to female teenage American cross-country rippers. Go to our Grassroots page to see a full list of riders, go to our COG to keep tabs on their exploits throughout the season.
Kona House of the Big Wheel Press Launch ? Tucson, Arizona
For the last six years Kona has been the title sponsor for the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo, what has become one of the most revered 24-hour events in North America. For this year’s event ? our last as title sponsor ? we invited 15 of the world’s top mountain bike journalists to join us for four days of riding, racing and reviewing Kona’s high grade offering of 29-inch wheel cross-country and all-mountain bikes, highlights from our House of the Big Wheel collection: the King Kahuna, Hei Hei 29 Supreme, Honzo, Satori and Raijin.
Editors from UK’s Mountain Bike Rider and Privateer, the US’s Mountain Bike Action, Bike and Bicycling, France’s Velo Vert, Norway’s Terrengsykkl, and Belgium’s O2 Riders, as well as many other great publications, packed their sunscreen, lungs, legs and puffjackets as they readied themselves to race, ride and explore the epic singletrack of Arizona in February. The goal was not only to get some of the world’s top mountain bike journalists on great trails (riding great bikes), but to meet and ride with the people behind the bikes?our Kona USA sales staff, product managers, marketeers, and the always shred-ready Kona Team.