EXPLOSIF
A long-time Kona Cromoly classic hardtail returns newly cloaked. Armed with the same will to excel in trail riding of all types, the new Explosif frame is built around the 27.5-inch wheel size, incorporating the obstacle rollover ability of bigger wheels, without sacrificing reaction and agility. Forged from light, responsive and supple Reynolds 520 Butted tubing, the bike’s geometry and build are tailored towards more aggressive, hardcore singletrack: a Recon Gold 120mm fork, sliding 12x142 dropouts that can be converted to singlespeed and 2.25 tires.
Frame Material Reynolds 520 Butted Cromoly
Sizes 15", 17", 19", 21"
Rear Shock n/a
Fork RockShox Recon Gold RL 120mm Tapered QR15
Crankarms Shimano SLX
Chainrings 24/38t
B/B Shimano SLX
Pedals Shimano M520 Clipless
Chain KMC X10
Freewheel Shimano Deore 11-36t 10 spd
Chainguide n/a
F/D Shimano SLX
R/D Shimano XT Shadow Plus
Shifters Shimano Deore
Brake Calipers Shimano SLX
Front Brake Rotor Shimano SLX 180mm (centerlock)
Rear Brake Rotor Shimano SLX 160mm (centerlock)
Brake Levers Shimano SLX
Headset ZST NO. 10/7B/44
Handlebar Kona XC/BC Riser
Stem Kona XC/Road
Seatpost Kona Double Clamp w/offset
Seat Clamp Kona Clamp
Grips Kona Race Light Lock-on
Saddle WTB Volt Comp
Front Hub Shimano Deore QR15
Rear Hub Shimano Deore 142x12
Spokes Sanvik Stainless 15g fr / 14g rr
Rims WTB ST i23
Front Tire Maxxis Ardent 27.5x2.25"
Rear Tire Maxxis Ardent 27.5x2.25"
Paint Color Matt Raw Steel w/Orange Tint
Extras n/a
sizing chart mm   |   inches
  Size 15 17 19 21
1 Reach 386 408 431 454
2 Stack 608 617 627 636
3 HT Angle 68 68 68 68
4 HT Length 105 115 125 135
5 ST Angle 73 73 73 73
6 ST Length 381 432 483 533
7 CS Length 420 420 420 420
8 BB Drop 42 42 42 42
9 Wheelbase 1078 1104 1130 1157
10 Front Center 661 687 713 740
11 Fork Length 509 509 509 509
12 Fork Offset 42 42 42 42
13 TT Length 572 597 622 648
14 Standover 766 794 822 850
  Size 15 17 19 21
1 Reach 15.20 16.06 16.97 17.87
2 Stack 23.94 24.29 24.69 25.04
3 HT Angle 68 68 68 68
4 HT Length 4.13 4.53 4.92 5.31
5 ST Angle 73 73 73 73
6 ST Length 15.00 17.00 19.00 21.00
7 CS Length 16.54 16.54 16.54 16.54
8 BB Drop 1.65 1.65 1.65 1.65
9 Wheelbase 42.44 43.46 44.49 45.55
10 Front Center 26.02 27.05 28.07 29.13
11 Fork Length 20.04 20.04 20.04 20.04
12 Fork Offset 1.65 1.65 1.65 1.65
13 TT Length 22.52 23.50 24.49 25.51
14 Standover 30.16 31.26 32.36 33.46

REYNOLDS 520 BUTTED CROMOLY

From one of the world’s top cromoly manufacturers, Reynolds Cycling Technology, comes Reynolds 520 tubes, which are mandrel butted for accurate profiles and available in a wide range of shapes. Weight savings from butting provides competitively priced, light framesets. The Reynolds 520 range uses the same chemistry as their 725 range but without the heat-treatment process.

COMPACT REAR TRIANGLE

Short chainstays and seatstays provide a perfect balance of stability and power transfer when out of the saddle and pedaling hard. Shorter seatstays also have less deflection during braking and accelerate faster than longer stays. A more compact rear triangle also helps the bike to negotiate tight-twisting sections of trail. The Honzo, Operator and Process 111 are good examples of 2014 bikes with incredibly compact rear triangles: quick, aggressive in corners, fun to jump and laterally stiff.

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. 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.

TUBELESS COMPATIBLE RIMS

An increasing amount of 2014 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 2014, 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 / 12x157 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.

DROPPER POSTS

Dropper posts are a key element in riding technical singletrack. No surprise then, for 2014 we’ve spec’d dropper posts on numerous models throughout our Enduro and MTB Trail platforms, featuring the lightweight and proven seat posts from Kind Shock. Bikes like the Honzo, Taro and new Wo fat bike do not come equipped with dropper posts but have cable routing to allow for after-market upgrades.

27.5-INCH WHEELS

Introduced on the Kona Explosif in a mid-season launch last year, for 2014 you’ll find 27.5-inch wheels on the Process 134 and 153, the Explosif, Cinder Cone and Blast. The benefits of the 27.5-inch wheel are simple: they roll over obstacles and track better than 26-inch wheels, but are more maneuverable and nimble than 29-inch ones. They are, quite literally, the best of both worlds. Specifically for Trail and Enduro applications, they noticeable increase overall performance and ride confidence.

TRAIL 27.5" HT
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FEATURES:

  • Seemless 3-2.5 Titanium
  • Modular dropout system with 135x10 included, SS and 142x12 available
  • Manufactured in the USA by Lynskey
  • 44mm headtube
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FEATURES:

  • All new 27.5/650b Kona Race Light Scandium 6069 frameset
  • RockShox 30 Gold 100mm travel fork
  • Shimano SLX/Alivio drivetrain
  • Shimano 505 hydraulic disc brakes
  • 60tpi Maxxis Ardent 27.5x2.25" front and CrossMark 27.5x2.1" rear
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FEATURES:

  • All new 27.5/650b Kona Race Light 6061 Aluminum Butted frameset
  • RockShox XC 30 100mm travel fork
  • Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and Deore rear derailleur
  • 60tpi Maxxis Ardent 27.5x2.25" front and CrossMark 27.5x2.1" rear tires
  • Shimano 27-speed drivetrain
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TRAIL 27.5" HT
TI EXPLOSIF
TI EXPLOSIF
VIEW DETAILS

FEATURES:

  • Seemless 3-2.5 Titanium
  • Modular dropout system with 135x10 included, SS and 142x12 available
  • Manufactured in the USA by Lynskey
  • 44mm headtube
TI EXPLOSIF
CINDER CONE
CINDER CONE
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FEATURES:

  • All new 27.5/650b Kona Race Light Scandium 6069 frameset
  • RockShox 30 Gold 100mm travel fork
  • Shimano SLX/Alivio drivetrain
  • Shimano 505 hydraulic disc brakes
  • 60tpi Maxxis Ardent 27.5x2.25" front and CrossMark 27.5x2.1" rear
CINDER CONE
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FEATURES:

  • All new 27.5/650b Kona Race Light 6061 Aluminum Butted frameset
  • RockShox XC 30 100mm travel fork
  • Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and Deore rear derailleur
  • 60tpi Maxxis Ardent 27.5x2.25" front and CrossMark 27.5x2.1" rear tires
  • Shimano 27-speed drivetrain
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