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Kona Big Honzo ST 27.5" Mountain Bike 2020 - Hardtail MTB

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The Big Honzo has taken the hardtail world by storm! The Big Honzo has the same playful nature as the classic Honzo, but with 130mm of front suspension and wider tires to add a bit more of a plush ride. Ride it down rock faces. Ride it over chunder. Ride it to experience your favorite trail in a new way! Available in carbon, aluminum and steel, the Big Honzo is ready for big fun!

The Big Honzo ST is the result of all of our favorite options coming together in a single bike. It’s steel, so it feels amazing. It has adjustable dropouts, so you can run a front derailleur or even as a single speed. It comes set up as 27.5+ but can run a 29” wheel. It’s got boost spacing for extra stiffness and control. It’s got an NX/SX Eagle drivetrain, so it climbs with ease. It’s the hardtail that gives you all of the options for customization but is also ready to rip right out of the box.

Key Features:

KONA CROMOLY
Very few materials offer as much shock absorption, durability and supple-ride characteristics as steel. We’ve never strayed from cycling’s original material and have worked tirelessly to adapt, refine and innovate Kona Cromoly framesets as rider demands continue to evolve.

INTERNAL HEADSET
Bearing cups are actually pressed into the frame and are easily removable. An internal headset also reduces stack height, so the height of the stem and bars are more adjustable, giving the rider the best fit possible.

TAPERED HEAD TUBE
More girth at the bottom of the head tube better distributes shock force, prolonging the bearing life of the headset itself and eliminating brake shudder, while providing confident steering performance. The inherent strength of its triangular design also means a stronger steering position and improved balance, giving the rider more control in rough terrain. A zero-stack, tapered head tube also puts strength where the load is going—into the lower headset cup—maximizing bearing durability where it’s needed.

TUBELESS COMPATIBLE RIMS
Tubeless rims allow for tires with more puncture resistance; the ability to run lower tire pressure, which provides better tire grip on the trail; lower rolling resistance; and weight savings over traditional tube and tire systems.

12x148mm AXLE
12x142mm, 12x148 and 12x157 rear axle standards provide two major advantages to the Kona rider: the 12mm diameter of the rear axle provides the rear hub and frame with a stiff interface, while the 142/148/157mm outer diameter of the hub allows the wheel to be quickly and properly positioned in the frame before the rear axle is inserted. For 2017, you’ll see the 12x148 Boost standard in the mix. Boost spacing provides more tire clearance at the chainstay yoke, while the rear wheel is stiffer and more durable relative to a 12x142 thru-axle.

27.5"+ WHEELS
The benefits of the 27.5-inch wheel are simple: they roll over obstacles and track better than 26-inch wheels, but are more maneuverable and nimble than 29-inch ones.

Occasionally, without notice, manufacturers change product design and/or specifications.

Specification

Frame:Kona Cromoly Butted
Fork:RockShox Revelation RC DebonAir 130mm Tapered 110mm Spacing
Headset:FSA No.57B
Stem:Kona XC/BC 35
Bars:Kona XC/BC 35
Front Brake:SRAM Guide T/Centerline 180mm
Rear Brake:SRAM Guide T/Centerline 160mm
Brake Lever:SRAM Guide T
Rear Mech:SRAM SX-Eagle
Shifters:SRAM SX-Eagle
Speed:12
Rims:WTB ST i35 TCS
Front Hub:Formula 110x15mm
Rear Hub:Formula 148x12mm
Spokes:Stainless Black 14g
Front Tyre:Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR DUAL 27.5x2.8"
Rear Tyre:Maxxis Rekon EXO TR DUAL 27.5x2.8"
Seat Post:Trans-X Dropper Internal 31.6mm
Saddle:WTB Volt Sport (Sport 250 size S)
Chainset:32t X-Sync Eagle
Bottom Bracket:SRAM DUB 73mm
Chain:SRAM SX-Eagle
Cassette:SRAM SX-Eagle 11-50t 12spd
Pedals:Kona JS2

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MTB Hardtail Guide

 

Hardtail Mountain Bike Guide

Is a Hardtail mountain bike right for me?

If you’re new to the cycling world, we highly recommend taking a look at our bike buying guide overview or our mountain bike buying guide to help you decide what type of bike is right for your needs.

When you’re choosing a hardtail mountain bike, there are a few things to look out for which can help you to work out the quality and performance you can expect from a particular model.


Usage and suspension travel

Depending on the type of mountain bike riding you’ll be doing, you will want a bike with a longer travel or shorter travel suspension fork as well as components suited to more or less technical terrain.

Usage

Travel

Price Bracket

Pros

Cons

Recreational - riding on gravel tracks and rough roads

80 - 100mm

£200 - £500

Affordable. Low profile tyres roll quickly on smooth surfaces

Not very lightweight. Not capable on technical terrain. Components are less durable.

Cross-country / XC - more adventurous off-road riding and XC racing

100mm

£500 - £9,000

Lightweight, especially high-end carbon models. Fast climbing and accelerating. Efficient on long rides

Less capable on technical terrain than a trail hardtail

Trail - riding technical trails and trail centre loops

120mm – 150mm

£800 - £4,000

More capable on technical terrain, especially fun downhill sections

Heavier than an XC hardtail. Less efficient when climbing

Jump - Dirt jumping and skatepark riding

100mm

£500 - £1,500

Robust frames and components. Ideal for learning airborne skills

Not good for general mountain bike riding

Usage

Travel
& Price

Pros
/ Cons

Recreational - riding on gravel tracks and rough roads

80 - 100mm

£200 - £500

Affordable. Low profile tyres roll quickly on smooth surfaces

Not very lightweight. Not capable on technical terrain. Components are less durable

Cross-country / XC - more adventurous off-road riding and XC racing

100mm

£500 - £9,000

Lightweight, especially high-end carbon models. Fast climbing and accelerating. Efficient on long rides

Less capable on technical terrain than a trail hardtail

Trail - riding technical trails and trail centre loops

120mm – 150mm

£800 - £4,000

More capable on technical terrain, especially fun downhill sections

Heavier than an XC hardtail. Less efficient when climbing

Jump - Dirt jumping and skatepark riding

100mm

£500 - £1,500

Robust frames and components. Ideal for learning airborne skills

Not good for general mountain bike riding


Frame Material

Hardtail MTB frames are mostly made from aluminium alloy. High-end cross-country race bikes will have carbon fibre frames while trail hardtails and jump bikes sometimes feature steel frames.

Aluminium

Aluminium alloy frames are strong and lightweight. More expensive alloy hardtail MTBs tend to have ‘butted’ and/or formed frames which are lighter but just as strong.

Steel

Steel frames are heavier but offer a more comfortable ride, especially on higher end models, thanks to the more compliant nature of steel.

Carbon fibre

Carbon fibre composite frames offer the best of both worlds as they are strong, lightweight and comfortable. They are more expensive however and carbon hardtails start at around £1,300


Groupset and Drivetrain

A bike’s groupset, or drivetrain, is where the biggest difference in component quality is seen. A complete groupset comprises of the following parts:

  • Chainset (aka Crankset)
  • Bottom bracket
  • Brakes
  • Brake levers
  • Shifters
  • Front & rear derailleur
  • Chain
  • Cassette

Mountain bike groupset components are typically supplied by either Shimano or SRAM, with additional manufacturers like Formula, Hope, Magura, Tektro and TRP supplying brake systems.

Shimano & SRAM both produce a range of groupsets to suit different budgets. The hierarchy table here compares the different Shimano & SRAM groupsets to determine which bikes offer the best performance. 

Groupset comparison - Shimano & SRAM

What gearing options are there?

Most hardtails offer a wide range of gears for taking on a variety of terrain. It’s not all about the number of gears though as fewer gears on the front, combined with a wide range rear cassette are much easier to use, but still give you the same wide range of gears. As you go up the price points shifting gets easier with more cogs on the rear cassette and fewer front chainrings.

Entry-level hardtails will have a triple chainset with a seven (3x7) or eight (3x8) speed cassette

Mid-level hardtails tend to have a double chainset with a nine (2x9) or ten (2x10) speed cassette

High-end hardtails get a single front chain ring with a ten (1x10), eleven (1x11) or even twelve (1x12) speed cassette

Which are the best brakes?

There are three types of brakes found on most hardtail mountain bikes:

Rim brake example

Rim brakes are powerful in the dry but are significantly less powerful in the wet.

Mechanical disc brake example

Mechanical disc brakes are powerful in all weather conditions

Hydraulic disc brake example

Hydraulic disc brakes are the most powerful in all weather conditions, and also offer the best braking precision.


Wheel Size

You’ve probably noticed that mountain bikes come in a choice of wheel size, mainly a 27.5 inch wheel (also known as a 650B wheel) or a 29inch wheel (known as a 29er). Another option is 27.5+ or 6Fattie wheels which bridge the gap between 27.5” and 29” wheels. The traditional MTB wheel size is 26”, but are now only found on some small sized MTBs as well as jump bikes. The difference between these wheel sizes can have a dramatic effect on the way a bike feels and handles out on the trail.

MTB wheel sizes

27.5” (650b) wheels strike the ideal balance between fast rolling and nimble handling. They are lighter than 29” wheels so are faster to accelerate. On the other hand, the smaller wheel size rolls less efficiently than the larger size, making the bike more prone to losing speed over rough ground.

29” wheels roll fastest but are less nimble. These wheels are naturally smoother over rough ground but are heavier and slower to accelerate. Larger riders may find a better fit on a 29er, but smaller riders may find 29” wheels a little cumbersome.

27.5+ (6fattie) wheels feature wider 2.8” – 3.0” tyres and offer more cushioning (float) as well as more grip. With the extra size of the high-volume tyres, the overall wheel diameter is similar to a 29er so these wheels carry speed very well on rough ground. Plus sized wheels are ideal for riding more challenging terrain.

26” wheels are the nimblest and are great for smaller riders as well as jump bikes. While quick to accelerate these wheels are the slowest over rough ground.

Does tyre width make a difference?

Tyre width effects both speed as well as grip. Narrower tyres are faster rolling while wider ones offer more grip as well as more cushioning (float).

Recreational tyre example

1.95” - 2.0” tyres roll quickly and are good for recreational riding and light off-roading.

Trail tyre example

2.2” - 2.6” tyres are a little slower on smooth surfaces but offer much better grip in the corners and are ideal for MTB trail riding

Plus size tyre example

Plus size (6fattie) 2.8” – 3.0” tyres increase the overall diameter of the wheel so still roll quite quickly while offering a lot more grip and float. These are best for rougher terrain


Suspension Fork

The performance of suspension forks varies a lot. Forks on higher end bikes tend to offer more control and are more adjustable. Look for Fox, RockShox or Manitou forks with adjustable rebound and compression damping for the best performance on technical trails. The performance level you require will depend on what type of riding you want to do. 

For recreational riding on roads and gravel tracks, you won’t need a high-performance fork. A lockout feature can be useful for more efficient climbing on roads and smoother tracks. Air sprung forks are lighter than coil sprung forks.

For cross cross-country mountain biking lightweight air sprung forks are best. Adjustable rebound damping is essential for serious off-roading and a remote lockout switch will allow you to quickly firm up the suspension when climbing.

Trail hardtails feature longer travel suspension forks for riding on rougher terrain. Adjustable rebound damping is essential for control on challenging trails. Lockout is less important on these bikes as they are catering for riders who like the downs more than the ups. Adjustable compression damping is useful as it can help you achieve optimum performance levels. Thru-axles and tapered steerer tubes improve steering control.

Suspension fork in action

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