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    • Kona Ute Bike 2012

  • Kona Ute Bike

    Our do-it-aller, carry-everything, long-wheelbase Ute continues to change people's lives all over the world. The self-powered, two-wheeled revolution is upon us and the Ute is doing its part to push the paradigm shift. This year we've added a smooth weld to make the aesthetic of the frame more streamlined. We've added an internal headset with an oversized headtube to stiffen up the bike's front end. We've also beefed up the downtube to increase the lateral stability of the bike when it's carrying heavy, world-changing loads.

    Kona Ute Bike Features:

    Kona 7005 Aluminium

    Kona 7005 Aluminum is used extensively throughout our fleet of mountain, asphalt and road bicycles. A tough, durable, affordable, light alloy, Kona 7005 delivers fantastic, reliable performance that lasts for thousands of rides. It is, by far, the ultimate aluminum tubing on the market today. Much of our 7005 tubing is butted and/or formed, meaning the tubing's wall thickness can be increased or decreased, as well as shaped, allowing us to fine-tune a particular frame's ride characteristics depending on its intended application.

    Sloping Toptube

    Kona recognized the advantages of sloping toptube frame design right from the beginning. Designed by inaugural MTB-Hall-of-Fame legend Joe Murray back in 1988, the very first Konas were some of the first mountain bikes to feature sloping toptubes (STT). As a company we've stayed true to this philosophy, going so far as to pioneer the design in road bikes long before its benefits were understood by most of the industry. Because of the many positives STT design brings to overall bike performance and comfort, you'll find it today throughout our entire line of road, commuter and mountain bikes.

    Here's why: Firstly, STT design allows the toptube to be lower, providing more room for correct positioning and free body movement and enabling more standover clearance, which is particularly useful on dual-suspension bikes that have higher bottom brackets. Riders have a more secure riding position, a real benefit when riding downhill sections.

    Secondly, a big benefit of STT is a longer and more compliant toptube. As the top and downtube become more parallel, there's less triangulation, resulting in more compliancy. Not only is the frame stronger and more responsive, but it absorbs more shock than frames with horizontal toptubes.

    Internal Headset

    By having the headset bearing located inside the headtube (called zero stack), rather than the top and bottom, we are able to achieve a number of advantages when it comes to front-end stiffness, durability and overall riding performance. The major benefit of an internal headset is the extra layer of protection it provides the bearings against the elements. Additionally, the bearings are commonly available angular contact bearings, which are easily and inexpensively replaced. 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.

    Kona Ute Bike Specifications:

    • Frame Material: Kona 7005 Aluminum Butted
    • Rear Shock: N/A
    • Fork: Kona Project Two Aluminum
    • Crankarms: FSA Alpha Drive
    • Chainrings: 36/26/Bashguard
    • B/B: FSA Powerdrive
    • Pedals: Wellgo LU-C3
    • Chain: Shimano HG53
    • Freewheel: Shimano HG20 11-32 9 spd
    • F/D: Shimano Acera
    • R/D: Shimano SLX Shadow GS
    • Shifters: Shimano SL-M390
    • Brake Calipers: Avid BB-5 Mechanical Disc
    • Front Brake Rotor: Avid G2 Clean Sweep 180mm
    • Rear Brake Rotor: Avid G2 Clean Sweep 160mm
    • Brake Levers: ProMax BL42
    • Headset: TH ZST No. 10
    • Handlebar: Kona Handplant
    • Stem: Kona Commuter
    • Seatpost: Kona Thumb
    • Seat Clamp: Kona Clamp
    • Grips: Velo DuraCork
    • Saddle: Kona Plush
    • Front Hub: Formula Disc
    • Rear Hub: Shimano M475 Disc
    • Spokes: Stainless 14g
    • Rims: Freedom CruzDisc
    • Front Tire: Freedom Trekking 700x45
    • Rear Tire: Freedom Trekking 700x45
    • Extras: Fenders, Kickstand, Bell, Acacia Wood Deck, 2 Kona Big Ute Bags

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