Written by Wally Wallace Thursday, 07 February 2013 19:09
The 2013 Kona Honzo frames are in! The Honzo basically started the all mountain 29er hardtail movement in 2012. Well, it's back again in 2013 with the same trail ready, tackle any terrain, huck it if you brung it geometry as the 2012 model...but with a couple sweet improvements.
The 2013 Kona Honzo still has the slack 68 degree head tube, low bottom bracket, and super short chainstays from the 2012 Honzo, retaining that playful ride that made it so popular. In our opinion, the chainstays are the magic there. Tucking the rear wheel under the rider and slacking off the head tube with a nice longer travel fork makes wheelies and wheelie drops a breeze. Just goose the pedals and lift a bit and that big front wheel is up and over most obstacles faster than you can say "technical riding genius". It still has that big ole 44mm head tube to allow you to use whatever steerer configuration you want and a geometry built around a 120mm fork. Also still invited to the party are the ISCG 05 tabs for mounting your favorite chain retention system.
But what's new you ask? Well, let me tell ya, a lot. Lets start small and work up to big shall we. First thing you'll notice is the new gusset on top of the top tube at the seat tube juncture. Burly just got burlier. Next, the paint job is very interesting if you look nice and close. They call it matte gold, but it's different than most paint jobs in that you can see the brass material where fittings are brazed to the frame. Pretty trick.
The biggest improvement by far is the update to the rear axle. This is a trail bike, so Kona beefed up the rear end with a nice 142x12 thru-axle on their slick looking sliding drops. Nice touch, plus they include the RockShox Maxle QR to boot. Pair that with a 20mm thru-axle fork up front and you have a bike that can handle a serious beating and track a tight line through the burliest terrain. With a couple nicely thoughtout tweaks, Kona has made a great bike even better. Did we mention it is few schillings less than last year too? Giddyup!
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