Kona Blast

2016
 
5.0 stars
 (5 Reviews)
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Description

Kona takes their experience from designing XC and backcountry hardtails and applies it to every mountain bike that bears their name. Enter the Blast. Equipped with 27.5-inch WTB wheels and Maxxis tires, it's ready for long days of singletrack and high-speed XC fun. It's built on a lightweight, nimble-handling Kona aluminum frame with trail-worthy components, including a 100mm-travel RockShox fork for control. Combine that with a smooth 27-speed Shimano drivetrain that makes quick work of hills and Shimano hydraulic disc brakes to deliver awesome all-weather, any-conditions stopping power and you're sure to have a blast on this Blast.

Features & Info

Geometry chart

27.5-inch/650B wheels

Consumer Reviews

 
5.0 stars

(5 reviews)

100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight  (5)
  • Durable  (4)
  • Handles Well  (2)
  • Versatile  (2)
  • Good Geometry  (2)
  • Great Components  (2)

Cons

  • Cheap wheels 

Best Uses

  • Mountain Biking  (4)
  • Road Biking  (2)
  • Commuting/City 
  • Descending 
  • ALL Mountain 
  • XC and XC Racing 

 
5.0
Sep 06, 2015

It truly is a blast.

Pros:
Lightweight, Stylish, Smooth And Comfortable, Handles Flawlessly
Cons:
Best Uses:
Mountain Biking, Road Biking
I have this bicycle less than a month. I've been riding on a road trails and couple times on dirt trails. So far No cons for this Blast as it makes tribute to its name.
by Chuy from San Francisco,CA

 
5.0
Nov 10, 2012

wow funtastic on two wheels

Pros:
Durable, Versatile, Lightweight, All That I Needed And Mor
Cons:
Best Uses:
Mountain Biking, Commuting/City, Road Biking
this bike got a lot of very positve comments.from coworkers, and other commuters alike. It got me to and from work in all types of weather rain wind snow and sunshine. we even went to the hills and chased gravity. it was a whole lot more tha i expected for the cost. nothing negitve.
by old commuter from Kelowna. B.C.

 
5.0
Oct 13, 2011

Fantastic, light and fast!

Pros:
Light plastiformed frame, Durable, Quick Kona Geometry, Versatile, Components work great, Lightweight
Cons:
Cheap wheels
Best Uses:
XC and XC Racing, Mountain Biking, ALL Mountain
I love this bike!! Looked around at Giant, Trek, you name it. The Blast had the equipment package of Giants and Treks that cost about $300 more, and it's lighter and looks better. I chose it over the Cinder Cone because I liked the brakes better, plus the blue and white color scheme is gorgeous in person. An unfortunate side effect is that I'm constantly cleaning the bike to make it look clean, but then it'll probably last longer! I've ridden this bike several times through the Frederick watershed here in MD, many trails of which are miles and miles of nothing but rock gardens. This bike takes them like a champ! Other than regular chain lubes and maintenance I've had zero issues mechanically with the bike. The parts all work together in concert great. Switch the pedals out for some Kona Wah Wahs or Jack Sh!ts and the bike is nearly perfect. I'd also recommend a better wheelset, the Alex rims really let the bike get up and moving quick but I managed to break one in a crash. Kudos to Kona however for replacing it free. You'll need wider rims if you want to put larger rubber than the 2.1 Aspens that are included. I've relegated the stock rims to gravel trails, fast XC tracks and put some wider Shimano rims with beefier Maxxis Ardents for my all mountain type rides.
by SgtBaxter from Maryland

 
5.0
Jul 22, 2008

Kona Blast is a BLAST

Pros:
Good Geometry, Great Components, Lightweight, Handles Well, Durable
Cons:
Best Uses:
Climbing, Single Track, Technical Riding, Descending
I absolutley love this bike after riding a rigid fork for the past 10 years I wonder why I waited so long to spend my money, I will be doing less road work and more trails for sure. I decided to by a guys bike as that is what Iam used to and the Blast felt like home!
by Cronie from Oshawa Ontario

 
5.0
Jun 02, 2007

Blast

Pros:
Durable, Good Geometry, Lightweight, Handles Well, Great Components
Cons:
Best Uses:
Racing, Casual Riding, Mountain Biking
I've had this bike for about a year it's a "blast". For the price you get a great shox decent cranks and awsome tires. these brakes work better than the ones on the Specilied hardrock. The only thing I did to mine was i put azonic bars on it.
by Kona Kid from walingford,Ct

Specifications

Frame
Kona Race Light 6061 butted-aluminum
Fork
RockShox 30 Silver TK, 100mm-travel
Rims/Wheels
WTB SX 19
Hubs
Novatec
Spokes
Stainless-steel; Front: 15g; Rear: 14g
Tires
Front: Maxxis Ardent, 27.5 x 2.25, Rear: Maxxis Crossmark, 27.5 x 2.1
Crankset
Shimano Alivio
Chainrings
40/32/22
Front Derailleur
Shimano Alivio
Rear Derailleur
Shimano Deore
Rear Cogs
Shimano, 9-speed: 11-34
Shifters
Shimano Altus
Handlebars
Kona XC/BC Riser
Tape/Grips
Kona Race Light
Stem
Kona XC
Brake Levers
Shimano hydraulic
Brakes
Shimano hydraulic disc, 180/160mm rotors
Pedals
Wellgo platform
Saddle
Kona XC
Seatpost
Kona Thumb