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    Kona Fat Bike

    Has this been shared yet? It was posted by a rep from another Canadian bike company on my Facebook feed.
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    Just saw that myself. $1799.00 and that shop is taking pre-orders already. Crazy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted View Post
    Just saw that myself. $1799.00 and that shop is taking pre-orders already. Crazy!
    Did you see it posted by Jason at Norco? Is it possible that we have the same friend?

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    US pricing listed at $1699. Specs were released as follows.

    KONA WO Specs

    CATEGORY: Fat Bike

    MODEL: WO

    FRAME MATERIAL: Kona 6061 Aluminum Butted

    SIZES: S, M, L, XL

    Fork: Kona P2 Fat Disc

    Crankarms: FSA

    Chainrings: 24/36/Guard

    B/B: FSA ISIS

    Pedals: Wellgo Platform

    Chain: KMC

    Freewheel: Shimano HG20 11-34t 9 spd

    F/D: Shimano SLX

    R/D: Shimano Deore Shadow

    Shifters: Shimano Alivio

    Brake Calipers: Tektro Mechanical

    Front Brake Rotor: Tektro 160mm

    Rear Brake Rotor: Tektro 160mm

    Brake Levers: Tektro ML330

    Headset: TH Internal

    Handlebar: Kona Handplant

    Stem: Kona XC/Road

    Seatpost: Kona Double Clamp

    Seat Clamp: Kona Thumb OB

    Grips: Kona SLOG

    Saddle: Kona Fat

    Front Hub: Joytech 135mm

    Rear Hub: Joytech 170mm

    Spokes: Stainless 14g

    Rims: Jetset

    Front Tire: Vee Rubber 26x4.0"

    Rear Tire: Vee Rubber 26x4.0"

    Paint Color: Matt Black w/Grey

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machinist View Post
    Did you see it posted by Jason at Norco? Is it possible that we have the same friend?
    Kootenay Bike shop is who I saw post it.

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    It looks like Jason shared it from Kootenay Bike Shop, so we both saw the same source.

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    I just put a deposit on a ute and was going to throw my gazzis in it.
    I'll take a pic when i'm done, should look nearly identical!
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    Oh yeah, they state that it is spec'd with 4" tires but the fork has room for more. Sounds like Bud and Lou are out for the rear and probably BFLs as well.
    I'm guessing the Vee rubber tire they talk about is the mission, but who knows. Also wondering if they are going to spec a trials width rim from Jetset or if there is something wider in the works from them.

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    9 speed, Alivio shifters, and ISIS BB are rather disappointing. Joytech hubs and Jetset rims are probably similar to the On-One Fatty. If the Vee rubber tires are their current models, then they're real heavy; it would be a good thing if Kona has Vee making a new, lighter tire for them. I guess that we'll see...

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    And, it begins. It looks like a competent attempt at making a competitor to the pugsley. The rear dropouts are a serious improvement over the pugsley. I like the rear brake mount on the chainstay. Frame looks like a frame. The big question is gonna be, what is a jetset rim and what are those vee rubber tires? As for the rest of the parts, nothing fancy.

    Be interesting to see how it handles...

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    Jetset has a new singlewall 70 on their website
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeG View Post
    9 speed, Alivio shifters, and ISIS BB are rather disappointing. Joytech hubs and Jetset rims are probably similar to the On-One Fatty. If the Vee rubber tires are their current models, then they're real heavy; it would be a good thing if Kona has Vee making a new, lighter tire for them. I guess that we'll see...
    I will say that the new Alivio shifters feel pretty good. Better than 4 years ago deore 9 speed shifters. With X7 cranks as an option it would have been nice to see something better than Isis for sure. I'm not familiar with the wheels from the Fatty. Honestly, I dealt with the guys from Planet X a few years ago and they were complete asses. I was an On-one fan until then, but now I would never buy one of their bikes. Because of that I haven't paid attention to their offering, much to my own detriment of knowledge.
    I can't imagine Kona has the pull to have Vee make something better. If it's better than the mission or the origin8 stuff I'm guessing it was in the pipeline before Kona asked. Could be wrong on that though. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens.

    Oh yeah, and Tektro Mechanicals!? Seriously!? Not on a $1700 bike with no suspension. The $499 Lanai comes with Tektro mechanicals. Even their $700 hardtails come with hydros. To me, that's a joke. Plan on shelling out more $$$ on an instant brake upgrade with that bike.

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    The geometry is something I would like to see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SOS View Post
    Oh yeah, and Tektro Mechanicals!? Seriously!? Not on a $1700 bike with no suspension. The $499 Lanai comes with Tektro mechanicals. Even their $700 hardtails come with hydros. To me, that's a joke. Plan on shelling out more $$$ on an instant brake upgrade with that bike.
    I agree. Given the price, I'm somewhat disappointed in the build. Same price as a Pugsley, but at least with the Pug you get BB7s and Marge Lites and not-Joytech hubs.
    Oh noes. I'm going to drink the Kool-Aid.

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    I think people looking for innovation from Kona, Trek, Specialized, etc. are going to be sorely disappointed, at least for now. The point now is to take advantage of hype and dealer networks to sell a hot item at a premium price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smithcreek View Post
    I think people looking for innovation from Kona, Trek, Specialized, etc. are going to be sorely disappointed, at least for now. The point now is to take advantage of hype and dealer networks to sell a hot item at a premium price.
    Agreed. THis is a test. if it works, it'll get more dollars for development. but for now, this is just a toe in the water. However, even for such a small test, they got someone else to make a 70mm rim. that means potentially one more rim option on the market.

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    Re: Kona Fat Bike

    Meh...

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    What's with the 24 X 34 granny gear. Not enough for my riding, not even close.

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    Interested in Geometry and thinking that the 1699 may be a bit high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckfiddious View Post
    Agreed. THis is a test. if it works, it'll get more dollars for development. but for now, this is just a toe in the water. However, even for such a small test, they got someone else to make a 70mm rim. that means potentially one more rim option on the market.
    Do we know it's a 70mm rim? I assumed it was the same as the On One Fatty, so not a specific Kona item.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smithcreek View Post
    I think people looking for innovation from Kona, Trek, Specialized, etc. are going to be sorely disappointed, at least for now. The point now is to take advantage of hype and dealer networks to sell a hot item at a premium price.
    Word. I'm just hoping tires get cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by druidh View Post
    Do we know it's a 70mm rim? I assumed it was the same as the On One Fatty, so not a specific Kona item.
    On jetset's website, there's a new single wall 70 mm rim listed. Also a bunch of cool looking trials rims.

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    Quote Originally Posted by druidh View Post
    Do we know it's a 70mm rim? I assumed it was the same as the On One Fatty, so not a specific Kona item.

    From Jetset's website:
    JETSET - PRODUCTS

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    The 70mm rim is the Jetset HC-517S if you want to search for it.
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