Another news release for Whislter Bike Park Fans out there.



Kona will once again be the official bike supplier of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park (WMBP), the world's number one mountain bike resort destination. The formalization of the 2004 relationship marks the 5th year the two companies have been working together.

As part of the relationship, Kona will provide WMBP with 120 special edition Stab Garbanzo downhill bikes for the park's rental fleet, plus five Stab Primos for the park's top guides. Kona will also be the exclusive sponsor of Whistler's Air Downhill, Joyride BikerCross and SlopeStyle events.

According to Jake Heilbron, Kona's chairman, over the years the WMBP has proved to be an exceptional testing ground for Kona in developing bikes specifically for use at downhill resorts and other uses. "The feedback we get from the guides and the mechanics has shown us the potential weak spots when spec-ing our bikes DH for park uses and general freeride rigs," said Heilbron. "Last year, each frame had more than 1 million vertical feet of riding. That's some use."

Heilbron also noted that in the last four years, not one Kona frame from the WMBP rental fleet has failed. An incredible accomplishment considering the abuse most less experienced riders dish out, as well as the mind-set associated with having a "rental".

Whistler's Rob McSkimming is excited to have Kona back. "The Whistler Mountain Bike Park is excited to have Kona on board as an Official Supplier for the fifth consecutive year. Kona's products have proven year in, year out that they can take all the pounding that the Park can dish out. We anticipate that our Garbanzo Expansion which, will triple the vertical of the WMBP to 3,400 feet, will test our Kona rental fleet even more. We have no doubt that our special Garbanzo Edition Stabs will be more than up to the challenge."

About the Whistler Mountain Bike Park:

The Whistler Mountain Bike Park features more than 200 km of lift-serviced trails, dropping riders more than 4,800 vertical feet. The park features three skills centers and a BikerCross Course.

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