Stylish Freeride Bike
Kona have a special name and fame that has attracted numerous fans because of its stylish mountain bikes around the world. Kona has specially skilled prodigious bikes lined up for 2010 with various facelifts. It makes bigger strides to impress mountain bike lovers. It is Kona’s tradition to build more fabulous mountain bikes that really speak a lot in both their riding performance as well as in the look of the bike.
Kona started its operations in 1988 and always kept the bike market engaged and competitive by introduced various mountain bike variants with technically advanced 4 bar linkage designs and light weight frames. Kona creates the same shape and design in mountain bikes over the years, but with little tweaks. These create big impact in riding performance and make the bike suitable for different riding styles. Kona Stinky 2010 freeride Mountain Bike is built with the same basic shapes and design, but it has some interesting features that need to be discussed for those who can afford it. Kona stinky is a pure freeride bike and the most popular full suspension mountain bike, which sure pumps up your adrenaline.
Light Weight Frame
Kona stinky 2010 has all the essential muscles built around the durable and light weight Kona clump DH 7005 Aluminium frame. This pushes the stinky to its limits, to prove that what this bike can do for freeride. This prodigious bike has a stout look with its strongly made light weight aluminium frame. This aluminium frame has been additionally constructed with an extra triangular design around the seat bar. The stiffness is further accentuated with nicely finished bulging welds near the attachment. This freeride mountain bike has hydro-formed tubing that adds strength but cuts the weight near the welding points.
4 bar Linkage – Rear Suspension
This Kona mountain bike has Marzocchi Roco Coil R along with a matte finished long swing-arm, which ensures full action with 7″ of travel. All these are engineered to cut weight for efficient uphill peddling. The rear shocks are well positioned and get full support by versatile action from the faux bar swing arm linkage. This linkage is tightly fitted with massive bearings. Stationed pivots strongly brace the bar between the two sides.
This simple 4 bar linkage design keeps the pivots far from each other to avoid side-to-side movement on the linkage, which decrease the life of bush and bearing. The Marzocchi Roco Coil R rear shocks add a little weight to the bike and are used for moderate uphill tasks. Need for more action with light weight rear suspension then try Kona Sticky Air 2009 mountain bike, which uses Fox DHX Air 5.0. But for this you need to pay a heavy price of around £3000.
Floating brake System
During aggressive breaking, Kona Stinky 2010 Mountain Bike pulls out D.O.P.E, a floating brake system that efficiently handles the suspension with full action. Kona has thoughtfully fitted this floating brake to provide efficient braking at tight corners. In some higher models of Kona bikes, this floating brake is even adjusted to make the bike do a little squat when you apply brake into a corner. Shorter distance chain-stay and long swing arm with neatly designed chain guides, enhances the majestic look of this full suspension mountain bike.
All the rear hub types would remain in the frame and you can comfortably remove the wheel without disturbing the hubs. Same dropout type is followed with Kona Stinky 2010 when compared to Kona Stinky 2009, but it is slightly tweaked with an improved interface and strong bolts that enhance the stiffness. Ultimately the bushings and linkages work with minimum side forces for better suspension action with improved stiffness. With 1.5-inch head tube and a new cable routing, it makes this mountain bike a new version freeride bike.
This freeride mountain bike boldly stands out with its Marzocchi 66 RCV fork that firmly sits on 20mm Dropouts for quick action. The matching dark brown colour and sporty graphics with 180mm of adjustable travel adds more attraction to the bike. This adjustable front fork gets into action till end of stroke with quick ramp up and added compression. With adjustable rebound facility the bike can fit into any type of riding style.
Frame and Wheels
The light weight Aluminium frame of this Kona mountain bike does all the work when going downhill and Kona Jackshit peddles give efficient pedalling when climbing up in freeride park. The total pair of wheel-set weighs approximately 2 kg only, which gives prompt agility and good acceleration. Kona Stinky should have gone for tubeless tyres, instead they built around Kenda Nevegal 26″, which seems a little heavier than tubeless.
Rear and Front Section of the Bike
Shimano SLX rear derailleur with 9 speed mech is well handled by low profile Shimano Deore rear only shifters. New Shimano M575 8″ Disc brake smoothly distributes the resistance for better controlling the speed. It also provides refined power to stop instantly during downhill. You would get whole array of advantage over riding performance with the nicely built Kona OB/DH RaceFace bar, 10° angled Kona Clump 60mm stem, FSA Moto X crank arm and Kona XC/BC seat-post.
Kona Stinky 2010 Freeride Mountain Bike gives excellent bottomless feeling with 7″ of travel and is even considered for riding on XC route. It smoothly goes downhill and is well prepared for peddling uphill. This bike is a better choice for freeride biking. The slacken head tube and steep frame design take care of a decent climbing job. You need not apply frequent brakes when you role the Kona Stinky on the trail and it is quite a chore without any slow down. It is priced reasonably around £1700 and gives lot of room for upgrades.
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|Brand Name: Kona Stinky 2010 Mountain Bike – Freeride|
|Full Suspension Bike|
|Steep frame geometry|
|4 Bar linkage|
|7″ of Travel|
|Usage: For Freeride|
|Extra triangle design around the seat bar|
|Matching brown colour and stunning graphics|
|180mm of coil spring travel|
|Single pivot linkage|
|4 bar linkage layout design|
|Full action suspension|
|Suitable for freeride|
|Floating brake system|
|Shorter distance chainstay|
|Improved interface and strong bolts|
|1.5-inch head tube|
|New cable routing|
|Improved peddling for uphill|
Design & Components
|Available Frame sizes 15″, 15.5″, 16″, 16.5″ and 17″|
|Colour: Dark Brown|
|Frame: Kona clump DH 7005 Aluminium|
|Fork: 180mm adjustable Marzocchi 66 RCV fork|
|Rear: 180mm of Marzocchi Roco Coil R spring travel|
|Tires: 26″ Kenda Nevegal|
|Crank: FSA Moto X Crankarm|
|Chain: Shimano Deore|
|Freewheel 9 speed Shimano HG50|
|Brake: 8″ Shimano M575 Disc brake|
|Stem: 10° slacken 60mm Kona Clump|