Project Description

The real-trail feel of steel, perfected geometry and carefully selected components explode in a fury of railing good times in the 2016 Kona Explosif. The ideal bike for those who love a quick, tough, simple and fun ride. Perfect for technical singletrack and aggressive riding.

“It’s lively acceleration and tight geometry begged for steez.” – Bike Magazine

Frame Features:
A from-the-ground-up re-think of Kona’s hardtail mountain bikes. First, Kona is introducing size increments that ensure they hit every type of rider. Now you can get closer to having a custom fit between a size structure (S, M, L, XL) that’s consistent across their entire range of mountain bikes. New aspects of the geometry are related to the ride and handling, with slacker head tube angles, lower bottom brackets and shorter chainstays. The result is a more capable bike for more challenging terrain, without comprising speed and efficiency when under power.


  • Frame Material: Reynolds 520 tubing with tapered HT
  • Wheel Size: 27.5-inch
  • Wheels: WTB i25 tubeless ready rims
  • Front Suspension: 120mm
  • Fork: Fox 34 Float Performance 120mm tapered
  • Crankset: RaceFace Æffect 1x
  • Drivetrain: Shimano XT
  • Cockpit: Kona XC/BC 35 riser bar, Kona XC/Road 35 stem, ODI Ruffian MX grips
  • Brakes: Shimano SLX
  • Tires: Maxxis Tomahawk EXO TR 27.5×2.3″
  • Saddle: WTB Volt Comp