In many parts of the world, the big-wheel paradigm shift has already happened. For those where it hasn't, we aim to help usher it through. Make no mistake, the 29er revolution is upon us: great traction, incredible climbing and the ability to roll over obstacles are just a few of its attributes.

Our US-based product development team is all about the big wheel. They crush buddies on Tall Boy Tuesdays then destroy the competition on Saturdays, leaving their mark on everything from technical descents to raging singletrack. Kona has embraced 29er bike design for the last seven years with a new long-travel dual-suspension Satori, a carbon fiber King Kahuna and an aggressive all-mountain Cromoly Honzo in the lineup for 2012, and our big-wheel offerings have never been so, well, big.



New for 2012 we introduce the Honzo, a balls-out, aggressive all-mountain 29er Cromoly hardtail. Featuring a beyond-vogue slack 68-degree headtube angle, low bottom bracket and short chainstays, the Honzo is all about getting radical on technical singletrack near you. Featuring a zero-stack internal headset with tapered steertube, Kona continues to lead the way when it comes to the evolution of steel. A single front chainring with chain guide, 9-speed 36-tooth cassette, 31.6 seatpost with dropper post cable routing, and ISCG 05 tabs, the Honzo goes up, down, and all the way around.


Frame Material Kona Clump Cromoly Butted
Sizes 16",18",20",20L"
Rear Shock N/A
Fork RockShox Revelation RL Dual Air 120mm/20mm DO
Crankarms FSA Step-Up ISIS
Chainrings 32T
Pedals Kona Jackshit
Chain Shimano HG53
Freewheel Shimano HG61 12-36 9 spd
F/D E*13 LS1
R/D Shimano Deore GS
Shifters Shimano Alivio
Brake Calipers Avid Elixir 1
Front Brake Rotor Avid G2 180mm
Rear Brake Rotor Avid GS 160mm
Brake Levers Avid Elixir 1
Headset FSA
Handlebar Kona Energy Deluxe
Stem Kona OB/DH
Seatpost Kona Double Clamp
Seat Clamp Kona QR
Grips Kona G-LOG
Saddle WTB Volt Comp
Front Hub Formula Disc
Rear Hub Shimano M475 Disc
Spokes Stainless 14g
Rims WTB FX 23
Front Tire Maxxis Ardent 29x2.4
Rear Tire Maxxis Ardent 29x2.25
Paint Color Matt Blue
Extras N/A
inches 16 23 74.5° 68° 16.3 27 43.1 20.8 1.8 12.2 31.5 3.5 73mm N/A 24.9 16
inches 18 24 74.5° 68° 16.3 28.1 44.1 20.8 1.8 12.2 32.5 3.9 73mm N/A 25.2 16.9
inches 20 25 74.5° 68° 16.3 29.1 45.2 20.8 1.8 12.2 33.5 4.3 73mm N/A 25.6 17.8
inches 20L 26 74.5° 68° 16.3 30.1 46.1 20.8 1.8 12.2 33.5 4.3 73mm N/A 25.6 18.7
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 Cromoly

We'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 Toptube

Kona 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.

Internal Headset

By 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 Fit

Sizing 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 Warranty

Kona 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.

  • RockShox Revelation RL Dual Air 29er
  • Avid Elixir 1 brakes
  • Shimano 9-speed 11-36 rear cassette
  • Maxxis Ardent tires
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Honzo & Satori
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