Kona Satori - The 29” Trail Fully for all situations
Time and time again, the guys and girls at Kona have shown how to build bikes that put big smiles on the faces of experienced MTBers, whilst also giving newcomers powerful and reliable all-round riding machines.
Models such as their Process-Fully line or the aggressive Honzo have anticipated current mountain bike developments way before other manufacturers even recognised them. With the new Satori, Kona continues its tradition as a pioneer.
The Kona Satori is a powerful yet extremely effective 29 Trail-Fully, with a long main frame, a deep bottom bracket and a crisp, short rear end. The combination of 29" wheels, 140 mm travel up front and 130 mm travel on the rear offers a real all-mountain feeling on rough trails. A comparatively moderate steering angle and a short rear end ensure explosive dynamics and agility on every ride. But the highlight of the Kona Satori, without a doubt, is the cleverly designed central positioning of the rider. With its super-steep seat angle, Kona ensures balanced weight distribution for the downs and extremely efficient power transmission when pedalling – so the Satori will also beat lighter XC bikes uphill. On the rear wheel of its sturdy aluminium frame, the Fuse Suspension Platform takes 130 mm of travel out of the RockShox Deluxe RL Debon Air shock and manages to miss a pivot point on the rear end. This saves weight, wear and introduces extra stiffness to the short rear. In the main triangle of the Satori’s frame you’ll find ample space for a large drinking bottle. Another noteworthy feature includes cleverly-positioned external cable guides that make maintenance work easier. Consistently high-quality equipment includes a dropper seatpost and tubeless tyres that optimally equip the new Satori for every conceivable trail adventure – from local mountain rides to the BC Bike Race.
The basic version of Kona’s 2019 Satori comes with a RockShox Recon Gold Solo Air suspension fork and matching Deluxe RL Debon Air rear shock. It rolls to the starting line on fairly light yet extremely stable WTB STP i29 wheels with wide tubeless rims. The Shimano Deore drivetrain only needs 10 gears, as it boasts a wide-range cassette with a teeth gradation of 11-42. In terms of precision and range, the Deore needn’t be embarrassed by Shimano’s more prestigious XT group. The RaceFace Aeffect cranks are an upgrade you’ll enjoy for a long time. This model also relies on the stability and power of Shimano hydraulic disc brakes. Robust Maxxis tubeless tyres, a Trans-X dropper post and a mix of WTB and Kona components make the Kona Satori fully ride-ready.
The Satori offers ridiculous levels of trail fun and better speed both up and downhill. Are you ready?