XC RACE LIGHT

KING KAHUNA

KONA CARBON INTERNAL HEADSET TAPERED HEADTUBE TUBELESS COMPATIBLE RIMS 12X142 REAR AXLES 29" WHEELS
Propelling Kona Team rider Spencer Paxson to two podiums at the 2013 US XC National Championships, the King Kahuna is our flagship hardtail. Essentially, it’s the lightest and fastest racing mountain bike we make, able to take every ounce of your physical output and turning it into forward momentum. From tip to tail, you’ll find top-of-the-line spec focused on speed and smiles, built around a wildly quick and perfectly angled Kona Carbon Race Light monocoque frame.
  • Avid X0 Trail hydraulic disc brakes
  • RockShox SID XXS 100mm fork
  • RaceFace NEXT 35 handlebar and Turbine 35 stem
  • SRAM XO1/XX1 drivetrain
  • Stan’s ZTR Crest wheelset w/ Maxxis IKON EXO TR 29-inch tires

SPECS

Frame Material Kona Race Light Carbon
Sizes 16", 18", 19", 20", 22"
Rear Shock n/a
Fork RockShox SID XXS 100mm QR15 Tapered XLOC
Crankarms RaceFace Next SL
Chainrings 34t
B/B RaceFace Next
Pedals n/a
Chain SRAM PC1130
Freewheel SRAM XG1195 10-42t 11spd
F/D n/a
R/D SRAM XX1
Shifters SRAM XO1
Brake Calipers Avid X0 Trail
Front Brake Rotor Avid Centerline 180mm
Rear Brake Rotor Avid Centerline 160mm
Brake Levers Avid X0 Trail
Headset FSA No.57E/SL
Handlebar RaceFace Next 35
Stem RaceFace Turbine 35
Seatpost RaceFace Turbine
Seat Clamp Kona Clamp
Grips Kona Race Light LOG
Saddle WTB Volt Race
Front Hub Stan's ZTR Crest Wheelset QR15
Rear Hub Stan's ZTR Crest Wheelset 142x12mm
Spokes Stan's ZTR Crest Wheelset
Rims Stan's ZTR Crest Wheelset
Front Tire Maxxis Ikon EXO TR 29x2.2"
Rear Tire Maxxis Ikon EXO TR 29x2.2"
Paint Color Matt UD Carbon w/Purple, Orange, White & Black
Extras n/a

TECHNOLOGY

XC RACE LIGHT

Super fast and really fun: that’s how we like to describe our 2015 lineup of Race Light XC bikes. Since cross-country legend Joe Murray designed some of our first bikes back in 1988, we’ve always been focused on creating incredibly light, ridiculously fast mountain bikes. But what differentiates us from the competition is our want to ensure our bikes deliver equally on the smile quotient. From our technically capable Hei Hei series of dual-suspension trail igniters to the legendary ride of the Kahuna hardtails, no one puts more fun into going fast than Kona.

KONA CARBON

To create our growing fleet of Kona Carbon bikes our design team works intimately with our manufacturers to ensure the desired ride characteristics, durability demands and weight stipulations are met to the highest standards possible. Kona Carbon bikes are feather-light, super-fast, extremely durable and wildly fun.

WHEN DO WE CHOOSE CARBON?

The first step in the design phase is ensuring how carbon fiber can be optimized for its intended use. An increasingly refined and tested material, carbon fiber is the ideal choice when it comes to creating light, tough, playful bikes. While we’re selective when choosing carbon fiber for a given application, for certain models it provides that perfect balance of weight, strength, frame damping, stiffness, compliancy and durability.

DESIGNING THE KONA RIDE

It’s imperative that key elements of the Kona Ride come to life in our carbon bikes. Like with all of our designs, it is efficiency, agility, comfort, and overall strength that are key considerations. We work to leverage all the inherent properties of the material, which are markedly different than steel or aluminum. For our designers it’s crucial that our carbon bikes still feel, ride and last like a Kona.

SMART FABRICATION

THE WEAVE: Kona Carbon bikes use TORAY fibers, the most technologically advanced in the industry. Toray is the same weave used in Formula 1 cars. Our entire structure is built with unidirectional prepreg carbon fiber underneath a UD frame finish. The result is frames with industry-leading weight, stiffness and durability.

THE FRAME: Kona Carbon frames are built with a monocoque main triangle that allows continuous fibers at tube junctures, resulting in a stronger, lighter overall structure. Our production process also eliminates as much bonded-in aluminum inserts as possible. Kona Carbon frames are only molded with internal air bags, which are removed after the molding process.

TORTUROUS TESTING

During the prototyping process, our frames are tested on veritable bike torture machines that push our designs through tens of thousands of test hours. What we learn from this directly translates into making stronger frames, while eliminating unnecessary material. Kona Team athletes are next on the beat down list, but even after they’ve had a rigorous go, our product team steps on to abuse the same prototypes, day-in and day-out, usually through a cold and wet Washington winter.

INTERNAL HEADSET

The major benefit of an internal headset, whereby the bearing cups are actually pressed into the frame and are easily removable, 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 HEADTUBE

Aside from improving the aesthetic, due to its cleaner lines and smooth transition between the fork crown and the headset cover, tapered headtubes also offer a more solid interface between forks with tapered steertubes and the bicycle frame itself, thanks to more weld contact area. More girth at the bottom of the headtube better distributes shock force, prolonging the bearing life of the headset itself, eliminates brake shudder, all while providing positive steering performance. 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.

TUBELESS COMPATIBLE RIMS

An increasing amount of 2015 Kona models feature the benefits of tubeless compatible rims. Tubeless rims allow for tires with more puncture resistance, better tire grip on the trail, lower rolling resistance and weight savings over traditional tube + tire systems. For 2015, you’ll find tubeless compatible rims on most of our XC Race Light and Enduro bikes, as well as throughout our Cyclocross and Road platforms.

12X142 REAR AXLES

The XC/Trail/Enduro 12x142mm and the DH 12x157 rear axle standards provide two major advantages to the Kona rider: the 12mm diameter of the rear axle provides the rear hub and frame with a stiff interface, while the 142mm/157mm outer diameter of the hub allows the wheel to be quickly and properly positioned in the frame before the rear axle is inserted. The take-away? 12x142 and 12x157 standards make a bike that rides better and is easier to work on.

GEOMETRY

mm   |   inches   |   sizing chart
  Size 16 18 19 20 22
1 Reach 396 415 414 422 441
2 Stack 608 629 638 652 675
3 HT Angle 68.5 70 70 71 72
4 HT Length 100 120 130 140 160
5 ST Angle 74 74 73 73 73
6 ST Length 406 457 483 508 559
7 CS Length 440 440 440 440 440
8 BB Drop 58 53 53 53 53
9 Wheelbase 1099 1112 1114 1115 1130
10 Front Center 666 677 679 680 695
11 Fork Length 506 506 506 506 506
12 Fork Offset 47 47 47 47 47
13 TT Length 572 597 610 622 648
14 Standover 740 790 810 830 870
  Size 16 18 19 20 22
1 Reach 15.6 16.3 16.3 16.6 17.4
2 Stack 23.9 24.8 25.1 25.7 26.6
3 HT Angle 68.5 70 70 71 72
4 HT Length 3.9 4.7 5.1 5.5 6.3
5 ST Angle 74 74 73 73 73
6 ST Length 16 18 19 20 22
7 CS Length 17.3 17.3 17.3 17.3 17.3
8 BB Drop 2.3 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1
9 Wheelbase 43.3 43.8 43.9 43.9 44.5
10 Front Center 26.2 26.7 26.7 26.8 27.4
11 Fork Length 19.9 19.9 19.9 19.9 19.9
12 Fork Offset 1.9 1.9 1.9 1.9 1.9
13 TT Length 22.5 23.5 24 24.5 25.5
14 Standover 29.1 31.1 31.9 32.7 34.3

ROAD/CX/ASPHALT

Height/Inches Height/Metric Inseam/Inches Inseam/Metric Road CX Asphalt
4'10" - 5'1" 147 - 155 cm 25" - 27" 64 - 69 cm   47 cm 46 cm
5'0" - 5'3" 152 - 160 cm 26" - 28" 66 - 71 cm 49 cm 47/49 cm 46/49 cm
5'2" - 5'7" 157 - 170 cm 27" - 29" 69 - 74 cm 49/52/53 cm 49/53 cm 49/53 cm
5'6" - 5'11" 168 - 180 cm 29" - 31" 74 - 79 cm 53/54/56 cm 53/56 cm 53/56 cm
5'10" - 6'3" 178 - 190 cm 31" - 33" 79 - 84 cm 56/58/59 cm 56/59 cm 56/59 cm
6'2" - 6'5" 188 - 196 cm 33" - 36" 84 - 91 cm 61 cm 61/63cm 61 cm

MTB/ALL MOUNTAIN/GRAVITY

Height/Inches Height/Metric Inseam/Inches Inseam/Metric MTB XC All Mountain/Enduro Gravity
4'10" - 5'1" 147 - 155 cm 24" - 27" 61 - 69 cm 13/15 Small Small
5'0" - 5'3" 152 - 160 cm 26" - 29" 66 - 74 cm 13/15/16 Small Small
5'2" - 5'7" 157 - 170 cm 27" - 30" 69 - 76 cm 13/15/16/17 Small/Medium Small/Medium
5'6" - 5'10" 168 - 178 cm 29" - 31" 74 - 79 cm 15/16/17/18 Small/Medium Small/Medium
5'9" - 6'0" 175 - 183 cm 30" - 33" 76 - 84 cm 17/18/19 Medium/Large Medium/Large
5'11" - 6'2" 180 - 188 cm 32" - 35" 81 - 89 cm 18/19/20/21 Large/XL Medium/Large
6'1" - 6'5" 185 - 196 cm 33" - 36" 84 - 91 cm 19/20/21/22 Large/XL Large

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