We can recall a few years when Kona’s new range has seemed to be big on range but low on new. That’s not particularly an accusation that could be levelled at the recently-launched 2007 range, though. There’s an impressive 15 new models in there – some are substantial redesigns, some are all-new. Obviously the whole range has been updated for 2007, but we’re just looking at the bikes that can be justifiably called “new”. Here’s some road changes…
Kona does a bunch of road, cyclocross and “transportation” bikes. New for 2007 is the Paddy Wagon, described as a “track/messenger” bike. We don’t know if the geometry is more track than road, but it does at least come with brakes so it’s road-friendly in that sense at least. You get a Dedacciai butted chromoly frame, Project Two road fork and a flip-flop rear hub so you can run a fixed sprocket on one side and a freewheel on the other.
On the cyclocross side, the new Major Jake is a full-on CX race beastie built around an Easton Ultralite frame with carbon seatstays. The fork is also from Easton, an EX90X carbon item, and you get Mavic Ksyrium Equipe wheels. And a nice orange colour.
Obviously there’re a hell of a lot more bikes than that in the range, but those are the new ones. UK pricing is yet to be fixed, and some specs may change before the bikes arrive here sometime in the Autumn.