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The first thing that simply just MUST be said is What a wonderful bike! I started using this bike just over a year ago when I took up mountain biking. Since then the bike hasn't let me down once. *The bike itself* A list of the components Frame Size 18" Frame Tubing Kona All-Mountain Butted Aluminum Seat Post Kona Thumb Seat Clamp Kona QR Saddle WTB Pure V SPORT Stem Kona Control Forks Rockshox DART 2 w/Turnkey 100mm Travel Headset Hope Integrated threadless headset Gear Shifters Shimano Deore Grips Ergon GC2 Series Bar Kona Riser Bottom Bracket FSA Powerdrive Front Wheel Rim Sun Black Eye Hub King Kong KDF2S Spokes Stainless 14g fr/14g rr Tyres (Summer) Maxxis IGNITOR 26x2.1 Rear Wheel Rim Sun Black Eye Hub Shimano FH-M475 disc Spokes Stainless 14g fr/14g rr Tyres (Summer) Maxxis IGNITOR 26x2.1 Cassette Chain Shimano CN-HG53 Chain Set Crank Arms FSA Alpha Drive Powerdrive Chain Rings 44/32/22 Front Derailleur Shimano Deore Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore LX Pedals Shimano M520 Freewheel Shimano Deore (11-32t, 9speed) Brake Levers Hayes Sole Brakes (Front) Hayes Hydraulic Sole Rotor & Size Hayes Disc Rotor Brake Pads Brakes (Rear) Hayes Hydraulic Sole Rotor & Size Hayes Disc Rotor Color Orange *My experience* Although the bike has been ridden for over 2,000 miles it has NEVER failed me. I prefer to ride the Cinder Cone using clip in pedals as it increases the benefit on your muscles behalf, holding your feet in perfect position at all times. However, as the Kona is also used heavy duty offroad aswell as smooth trails/roads it comes as a bonus to have half pedal-surface half clip in pedals. Whether it is riding on roads or riding on a jagged downhill dash, the bike is supremely dominant and has never been defective. One key feature of the Cinder Cone is its outstanding front forks, these beasts truly make a difference when cycling on rough terrain, they truly do bring out the inner greatness of this bike. Aswell as the forks, the brakes are wonderful, providing sharp, responsive feedback and generally working a treat whatever the circumstances. Every feature of this bike is truly outstanding. Overall I'd honestly recommend anyone looking for a tough, durable, high performance hard tail to strongly consider this beauty, as I expect it will never let you down, just like it hasn't with me. Although this may be a bit of a short review, I've found it rather difficult finding things to write about the bike so any feedback in the way of how to improve would be well appreciated. Thanks for reading.
I have had a Kona for about 3 months now after geting back into mountain biking and my Diamondback falling apart after about 20 miles. I have done about 250 miles on the Kona now and its still works perfectly. This bike is very well made and flies both up and down hills. I would recommend any Kona bike but the cinder cone is a excellent bike for the money. I have tackle a few technical descents on the bike and Kona have the geometry spot on. The Hydraulic brakes do what they should and the derailers also do a good job with nice shifts. The shifts are not smooth but I dont like smooth shirts they clunk in so you know you are in a diffrent gear it does this very quickly and even when under power going up hills which some gears cannot manage. Overall recommended to anyone wanting a good hardtail bike but not wanting to spend the earth buying it.
I've had a Kona Cinder Cone for about 8 years now, and though it has evolved a bit since 1992, the process has been a gradual one, and today's Kona's share the ride and handling characteristics of my bike. Konas have a very distinctive look, with a long sloping top tube which gives plenty of stand over height, essential for not injuring yourself, and it also makes the frame stiffer and lighter. Kona handling is legendary, very responsive, but forgiving. I have got rigid Project 2 forks fitted, which give positive steering, and they have a bit of flex as well. Me and my bike have been throught a lot toegther, but it is dependable and reliable (which is due to the components) but the heart of any bike is the frame, and that is what is the best feature of a Kona. If you are looking for a new bike, try out a Kona, you will be pleasantly surprised. The ride and handling are suitable for a beginner, but as you become more experienced, you will learn to appreciate the Kona traits.