December 16, 2012
Straight forward design, nimble.
Despite having additional set screws to lock the rear wheel in place, I have been able to shift it and after a few rides it needs to be readjusted. Which, in all honesty is not difficult so no points have been removed.
This is my first mountain bike. I ride a lot of road, and have a geared and fixed gear bike. I noticed that I rode the fixed gear much more because it is so trouble free. I took that knowledge and applied to my mountain bike requirements. Simplicity is key when in the brush in my eyes, and this bike is simple. Less tools are needed to be brought along in an emergency kit, and there is no chance of bending (or scrapping) a rear derailuer. Some people may think that SS mountain bike would be slower on the trails, but I have noticed that riding with other people on geared bikes is kind if a chore. They are too slow, spinning up hills, and small grades is not an option for a person riding SS. You gotta charge up the hills to gain the momentum. I have ridden geared mountain bikes and I would never buy one now. There is no use to do so. I do just fine with only one gear, and this Kona is a great way to start out. Good components, great frame, nimble, fast. It is a superb all-around MB that always puts a smile on face whenever I take it out. So far the longest ride I have been on is for three hours. And that was all trail riding. No pavement.