Looks like Kona has dropped the Satori for 2015. Hate to see this bike go away after only a 3 year life.
I worked for Kona from 1995-2002 and so owned many a Konan bike in my day. The Satori which I got in summer 2012 is the most fun bike I have owned to date, Kona and otherwise. I dropped serious weight on mine by going XX1 and a better wheeler. Mr. T (as I call it) rides better that my Spec Stumpy CarbonFSR and cost half as much and is 3+ pounds heavier. Was hoping Kona would make a carbon version at some point but now no options at all in that platform.
I wondered about that but the Process 111 makes plenty of sense to me based upon owning a Honzo and riding it where and when I've thought I needed 5-6 in of suspension.
Of course Kona also knows what ultimately sells or adds to their bottom line. At my age I've certainly loved some products but the masses haven't so they didn't continue. Sorry if that happened to you here, but you still have a bike you love!
Mr. T has a place in my stable for a long time, I love it. I don't see the ride of the 111 the same as the Satoru, but I may be missing something.
I also feel like my Satori is a very special bike.I have owned so many sweet bikes over the last 28 years but The Satori is in the top 2 for sure.It is a "keeper" for me but as of late it is splitting time with my Turner Czar.
This is kind of an oddball, but the Hammerhead Thumper uses the same front triangle as the Satori, but has what equates to an FSR/Horst link rear end. The 2014 Cove Hustler is also derived from this.
So in a sense the Satori lives on.
^^ I literally came here to post this ^^
Originally Posted by Vegard
The front triangle is exactly the same. From the same frame manufacturer (Caribou) Some (myself included) will argue that the Thumper/Switchback Unveil9 is actually better as it has FSR vs. linkage driven single pivot out back.
'14 Bronson C
'12 Tallboy A
'13 DB Mason 29er/650b+
'13 SC Juliana 650b'd (wife's)
Satori was a great under the radar big trail capable 29er - when I demoed and owned - it put a smile on my face unlike no previous bike I'd ever ridden. Took me to a different level of riding bar none. Should have kept it - but sold it to get the next bike.
If i come across a blazing hot deal in the future I could see it in the stable!
Originally Posted by hokiebrett
The Transition Bandit also appears to be some kind of open mold Satori.
Below is some more info I found straight from Hammerhead/Switchback.
Originally Posted by Switchback/Hammerhead
The factory that produces the frames builds the alloy frames for Kona, Pivot, Niner, and Santa Cruz.
Funny why it has not sold as all who own them seem to love it.
I've got a '13 that I got late last year on a killer deal
Upgraded quite a few things but she is pretty heavy at 15kg but I could afford to loose a few kilos myself
I guess cutting it from the line up just makes our bikes all the more special
The Satori makes a pretty decent 117 as well. I tried mine out with a few spare parts I had lying around. Doesn't suit my terrain but it rode well.
Originally Posted by bitflogger
With a 120mm fork and a 145 x 45 shock[ ex Giant trance x] it drops bb by about 10mm but retains same geometry[ 68 deg HA].On paper it gives 117mm rear wheel travel.
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