Kona was founded in 1988 by longtime riders and racers who had previously worked for other pioneering west-coast mountain bike companies. The first Kona bicycles were custom machines based on the Kona founders' own personal preferences in high-end off-road bikes. And, this tradition of making thoughtful, reliable, special, well-balanced bicycles is still the cornerstone of the Kona way.
Kona's headquarters are in Ferndale, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia, home to some of the most demanding trails on the planet. This Disneyland for mountain bikers consists of near-vertical ramps, ladders and root entangled mudslides to name just a few of the obstacles. And they're all things that Kona's employees ride every day.
This exciting environment is thrilling to ride and harsh on equipment and riders making it ideal for evaluating Kona frame designs and components. If a bicycle excels in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest under Kona's demanding and accomplished test riders, it will excel everywhere!
So why does a company that straddles the US/Canada border have a Hawaiian name? It comes from their fascination with all things volcanic. They're located on the northern edge of the volcanic Cascade Mountain Range, which runs down the Pacific Coast from Canada to Southern California. The Hawaiian Islands are part of that volcanic chain, so the Kona name connection came along naturally.
But, don't let the laid-back Hawaiian company or bicycle model names fool you. Whether you love stomping huge drops with 8-inches of travel or sailing around high-speed sweeping corners on a road bike (yes, Kona makes awesome road bikes, too!), or touring across the globe (photo), Kona has the perfect bike for you!
And, you can be confident that every one is dialed to perfection thanks to valuable input and extensive testing from Kona's factory pro riders.