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Kona mountain bikes for teenagers - 2017 models
Continuing in my series of posts looking at junior mountain bikes, I'm taking a look this week at 2017 Kona mountain bikes. The main reason for choosing Kona is that we were in Vancouver over the summer, and I was highly jealous of all the bikes the locals were riding. So, in true Cycle Sprog style, I'm looking at what Kona have to offer the younger rider. My first post is on Kona mountain bikes for teenagers, which looks at their standard sized 2017 MTBs. These bikes can, in the correct frame size, be ideal for younger riders.
Who are Kona?
Founded in Vancouver, Canada, in 1988 Kona is a name synonymous with mountain biking. The current MTB line up covers the whole spectrum of off-road bikes, but true to their origins they still produce a great range of hardtail mountain bikes. They're all built to handle the type of "woodwork" you find on Vancouver's North Shore.
For younger children Kona have a range of both 20" and 24" wheeled bikes. But for juniors needing 26" and above, there are several Kona mountain bikes for teenagers. It is important to note though that the 26" wheeled bikes are not 'junior specific', but xs sized bikes designed for smaller riders. The Kona Tika model has female specific geometry.
The next size up from xs is the 'small' frame, and for this one Kona have introduced 27.5 sized wheels. With such a broad range, these Kona mountain bikes for teenagers give plenty of options.
Kona mountain bikes for teenagers
Kona Lana'i 2017 (RRP £499)
The Kona Lana'i is a great bike for a teenager looking to get into mountain biking and start tackling the trails and trail centres that are dotted around the UK. A variety of size options are available (XS to XL) so there should be something suitable from young teens to fully grown adults.
The specification gives the rider 24 gears to choose from, with a triple chainset at the front mated to an 8 speed cassette at the rear. The Kona Lana'i is also equipped with an 100mm coil spring suspension fork from Suntour that will help soak up the bumps when out on the trail. Entry level disc brakes from Tektro are fitted front and rear and these are cable actuated rather than hydraulic.
Kona Tika 26" and 27.5" girls mountain bike (RRP £599)
The Kona Tika is a stunning looking aluminium framed mountain bike which utilises a SRAM triple chainset to give a broad spread of gears. Coupled to a 9 speed cassette, there are 27 ratios in total to choose from.
The Tika model forms part of the Kona women's range and has been specifically designed to accommodate smaller riders. Subtle tweaks to the geometry give a much better feel plus it's also kitted out with female specific grips and saddle. These could easily be changed over to male items if need be (perhaps for a younger brother coming along afterwards).
The XS frame comes equipped with 26" wheels which should be an ideal size for a young teenager, while moving up to the small frame size sees the introduction of the 27.5 wheel size and this could be perfect for early or mid teens.
Kona Fire Mountain 2017 (RRP £599)
The Kona Fire Mountain presents an identical specification to the female Tika model, but this time with male orientated geometry. Once again, there's the option of 26" or 27.5" wheels by choosing the XS or small frame respectively.
The 27 speed drivetrain on the Kona Fire Mountain uses components from the Shimano Altus range. The Kona Fire Mountain is a great looking bike especially spec'd in the glossy orange!
Where to buy Kona Bikes
There are Kona dealers situated throughout the UK, and the bikes are also stocked by Tredz, Wheelies and Wiggle. Occasionally a smaller sized Kona mountain bike does come up on Ebay, if you're looking for a second hand bargain.
This article on 2017 Kona mountain bikes for teenagers is one of a series from Cycle Sprog to highlight the best MTBs for younger riders that are currently available from various manufacturers including Cube, Giant and Kona.
Some of our other articles that may be of interest:
- Best kids 26" wheel mountain bikes
- Buying a kids mountain bike – things you need to know
- Cheap but quality 26″ and 27.5″ kids mtb’s for around £400
- 12 things you need to know before buying a kids bike
- Mountain bike gifts for kids
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