2012 BIKES : MTB TRAIL/ALL MOUNTAIN : MAGIC
MTB TRAIL/ALL MOUNTAIN
In a world where we want more for less, Kona's Magic Link Active Geometry suspension platform delivers. Magic Link is a proprietary two-shock system offering unique capabilities you won't find on any other dual-suspension mountain bike. Imagine a bike that can change geometry, suspension characteristics and travel length based entirely on trail and rider input. Magic Link enables you to climb quickly, efficiently and comfortably, and then descend with speed, confidence and extraordinary plushness. It's the suspension platform of choice for two of the fastest enduro riders in the world: Matt Slaven and Karim Amour.
It's the ultimate marathon XC bike. Designed to be light and nimble, with incredible short-travel climbing abilities, the 2+2 can turn on plush, relatively deep travel when the situation determines it. It's the perfect bike for XC riders looking for more. More travel, more terrain adaptability, more comfort, more fun. This bike is built using new Scandium 6069, one of the lightest, strongest and most durable aluminum alloys on the planet. Combine this with a component package meant to travel long, far and fast and you're diving deep into life's twisting trails-add 2+2.
|Frame Material||Kona Scandium 69 Butted Aluminum 50-100mm travel|
|Sizes||14", 16", 18", 20", 22"|
|Rear Shock||Fox Float RP2 w/BSD|
|Fork||RockShox REBA RL 100mm w/15mm TA|
|Pedals||Shimano M520 Clipless|
|Freewheel||Shimano HG81 11-36 10 spd|
|R/D||Shimano Deore XT Shadow SGS|
|Brake Calipers||Avid Elixir 5|
|Front Brake Rotor||Avid HS1 180mm|
|Rear Brake Rotor||Avid HS1 160mm|
|Brake Levers||Avid Elixir 5|
|Handlebar||Kona XC/BC Riser|
|Seatpost||Kona Double Clamp w/offset|
|Seat Clamp||Kona SeatClamp|
|Grips||Kona Race Light LOG|
|Saddle||WTB Valcon Comp|
|Front Hub||Easton EA70 XCT Disc Wheelset|
|Rear Hub||Easton EA70 XCT Disc Wheelset|
|Spokes||Easton EA70 XCT Disc Wheelset|
|Rims||Easton EA70 XCT Disc Wheelset|
|Front Tire||Maxxis Aspen 26x2.1 Kevlar|
|Rear Tire||Maxxis Aspen 26x2.1 Kevlar|
|Paint Color||Brushed Silver/Orange/White|
|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 Magic Link Active Geometry - Intuitive Adaptability
With the ability to change geometry, travel length and suspension performance based entirely on rider and trail input, Kona's patented Magic Link Active Geometry is one of the most intuitive and adaptable rear-travel suspension platforms ever invented.
By using both a main air shock and a coil-sprung auxiliary shock, Magic Link is able to deliver relatively quick, linear, cross-country-oriented suspension that's ideally suited for climbing, and, without flicking a switch or making any external adjustments, Magic Link changes to a longer, more progressive, noticeably plush suspension designed to take on big hits and technical terrain. Here's how:
- Climbing: Effective pedal pressure keeps the Magic Link's auxiliary shock from engaging, so the rider is only using the main shock. This results in good pedaling efficiency by enabling comfortable geometry and firmer, more linear suspension characteristics. Everything you need for good power transfer.
- Cross-country: Tire drag, faster corners and bigger bumps cause the Magic Link's auxiliary shock to move deeper into its travel. Chainstays elongate, the saddle and bottom bracket lower, and the headtube slackens, all amounting to an agile, confident riding position, with increased wheel traction and plusher travel.
- Descents: When the main shock and the auxiliary shock fully engage, Magic Link lets the bike's geometry slacken considerably, enabling the rider to position themselves further behind the bike, with a lower center of gravity and extended rear triangle for increased stability. Rear wheel travel also increases, and the rear shock becomes more progressive to avoid bottom out.
- Variable Spring Rate: One of Magic Link's more unique characteristics is its use of two shocks. The result is a highly adaptable variable spring rate that enables the bike's rear suspension to be quick and short on the climb, and slower and more plush during the descent. Two shocks working together in series also allows the rear wheel to pop over big, sharp bumps with virtually no resistance. Because the main shock becomes more progressive as the link engages, it won't blow through the travel or bottom out. It's important to remember that the auxiliary shock is in a constant state of flux depending on pedal (rider) and trail (terrain) input.
- Extended Travel: Finally, Magic Link also has the ability to lengthen rear travel. In our Cadabra models, travel ranges from 100mm in climbing mode to 160mm when fully engaged. In our CoilAir series travel ranges from 125mm to 200mm. In our 2+2 cross-country models, travel ranges from 50mm to 100mm.
Kona Scandium 6069Known to be one of the lightest and strongest alloys in the world, and originally developed by the aerospace industry, new Kona Scandium 6069 is featured in many of our high-end bike models, from dual-suspension mountain bikes through to some of our top-ranking asphalt rides.
Scandium is a rare earth metal and potent grain refiner that, when added to aluminum alloy, elevates the strength and durability of the material by 50 per cent. Scandium aligns the grains of the alloy, making the metal less susceptible to failure. Scandium alloys are twice as strong as 6061 or 7005 aluminum, which means our Product Team uses much less material. Because of a Scandium alloy's strength, it can be butted thinly enough so the aluminum gives a more compliant feel that's similar to steel but without weight. In more specific terms, we're shaving weight off our aluminum frames by 10 to 15 per cent, without sacrificing strength and durability.
New Kona Scandium 6069, recently made available for 2012, comes with yield strengths that are about 40 per cent higher than previous scandium alloys. The result is the strongest per-weight aluminum alloy ever made. Because of its fibrous or fine-grained structure, Scandium 6069 alloy reveals a unique combination of high strength, high toughness, good corrosion resistance and excellent fatigue strength.
For 2012, you'll find Kona Scandium 6069 sprinkled throughout our bike platforms, most notably in the Abra Cadabra 100-160mm variable travel backcountry bike and the Big Kahuna 29er hardtail.
2012 Kona Scandium 6069 bikes: Hei Hei 29, Hei Hei 29 Deluxe, Hei Hei 29 Supreme, Hei Hei 100, Tanuki Supreme, 2+2, Cadabra, Abra Cadabra, Big Kahuna, Big Unit, Lele
Hydroformed TubingHydroforming is a tube-shaping technology that uses high-pressure liquid to form the shape of a tube and align its grain structure. Quite simply, the technology delivers a sound structure and ride performance like no other tubing in the world. The process results in a seamless, continuous, aligned piece of metal-right down to the fiber structure itself.
Hydroformed tubing is especially advantageous at weld points where tubes can be flared to increase weld areas, adding strength without adding weight in the form of extra gussets. The result is a strong, flawless frame with great lateral stability, durability and responsiveness. Not to mention, it looks real sharp too.
Internal HeadsetBy 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.
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.
Asymmetrical ChainstaysWhen a rider puts force into a bicycle's drivetrain (cranks, chain and rear cassette), they are propelling the bike forward and also putting a significant amount of torsion on the rear chainstays. Because the drivetrain is on one side of the bicycle, the frame wants to flex laterally. It is the one element of bike design that's not in perfect balance.
Used primarily on our dual-suspension mountain bikes, asymmetrical stays help to stiffen the rear end by compensating for the offset forces of this imbalance. The drive side chainstay is straight, while the non-drive side chainstay takes advantage of no chain rings and chain, incorporating an asymmetrical stay that's better able to counter the torsional forces in the rear triangle. By putting strength where it is needed, pedaling stiffness and rider efficiency is greatly increased.
Asymmetrical stays also allow us to use a shorter and lighter non-drive side chainstay. The weight saved can be added to the drive side chainstay so that it can take heavy rotating loads generated from powerful multi-piston hydraulic brakes and large rotors.
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.
- RockShox Reba RL fork
- Fox Float RP2 shock
- Shimano 10-speed SLX/XT drivetrain
- Easton EA 70 XCT wheelset