At Kona, all of us are about the freedom and empowerment associated with bicycle. We have been since 1988. We still have the same founding owners. We are still inhabited by a staff of keen, energetic, impassioned cyclists. We are not huge, nor are we that small. Just a dedicated selection of cyclists making bicycles for those who love bikes-no matter if it love is new or long-established.
Venture Two, initial right knee MTB manufacturing fork is introduced. Throughout the Kona range today, there are more than 10 versions of the hand produced for 26", 29" and 700c wheel hill and asphalt bikes.
Ex-roadie Bruce Spicer (today Brodie) races regarding the Kona Factory MTB staff.
Doug Lafavor, "Dr. Dew" joins Kona in July 1990.
Kona range is expanded to 8 models at Interbike Anaheim 1990, first Hawaiian names are introduced.
Sandvik Special Metals starts production of the Kona Hei Hei in July. 4, 000 Kona titanium structures are produced through the after that ten years.
Kona Hot, the second US-made XC hardtail starts manufacturing in August 1990.
Max Jones of Carson City, Nevada joins the Kona Factory Team in March 1990. He could be inducted into the MTB Hall of Fame in 1995.
World Champion DH rider Cindy Devine joins the Kona Factory Team. She takes the Bronze medal within World Championships in September 1991 and a World Cup DH success at Mount Snow, VT in Summer 1992. She is inducted into the MTB Hall of Fame in 2003.
The long run Shock hand is introduced, a leading-link design by Joe Murray. In a really amicable arrangement with Specialized, the name is altered to Z-Link. The hand is a total flop, is not safe to ride, and all sorts of stock is dumped to the Straight of San Juan de Fuca.
Kona provides maximum Jones race clinics at NORBA and World Cup events. Above 200 dealership and 2-day mini-clinics take place, with over 5, 000 riders discovering from maximum's expertise as a racer and from his "Tricks of Trade" booklet.
Haole, initial Kona road bike, features a titanium frame-made by Sandvik.
Kona Hahanna and Fire Mountain are the first Kona Asphalt designs, designated because, "Mountain Cross" crossbreed bikes with 26 x 1.50 smooth tires.
Kona Kilauea wins 1993 "Bike of the season" from hill Biking magazine.
AA and Kula tend to be introduced in September, 1st aluminum (Easton tubing) bikes created by Kona. An overall total of 20 designs tend to be provided at Interbike Anaheim.
Intercourse One and Sex also are introduced in September, 1st Kona dual-suspension bikes.
Humuhumu-Nukunuku-Apu'A wins on as the title when it comes to Kona single peed cruiser over device. It is the longest name useful for a bicycle model additionally the first named after circumstances fish.
The truly amazing Steve Peat races DH in the united kingdom on a Kona Hei Hei Ti framework. Future NORBA champ Kirk Molday events XC in Canada for a passing fancy cycle.
Kona presents the Buck-A-Bike system on February 14. A total of $80, 000 is raised between 1995-1998 by the program which supported cycling advocacy companies like IMBA, Rails to tracks and NORBA.
Made by Altitude Cycles, Ku could be the very first aluminum hill bicycle frame from Kona in the USA. Altitude produced over 3, 000 high-end metal and aluminum bike structures for Kona, their first United States buyer.
Kona Design Group creates very first original twin suspension system design-a unified, linear-rate design known as Intercourse (for suspension system knowledge) One, also and Three.
A two acre parcel is paid for and a 15, 000 sq ft office/warehouse is built in Ferndale, Washington, expanded to 30, 000 square feet in 1998.
Kona European countries is launched with head office inside Black Forest area of Germany by Jimbo Holmstrom. After moving to Monaco and finally Geneva, it's today the largest unit of Kona.
Dave Wiens, 1993 US nationwide champion, joins the Kona Factory Team. Inducted to the MTB Hall of Fame in 2000.