Kona Kahuna DDL bike check
This is my 2016 Kona Kahuna DDL. It is an aluminium framed, light weight, XC shredding machine. I use it mostly for training rides and the odd backcountry adventure. It's a mile muncher for sure!
Despite being aimed at XC riders, the Kahuna is not solely an XC race day only bike. The geometry is more relaxed than its carbon counterparts which equals more confidence when ripping single track. It is one thing above all - versatile. I ride this bike on everything from trail centre blues, blacks and everything inbetween.
I have a few little personal touches which make the bike truly mine. I have installed a different damper in the fork. The bike usually comes with a lockable damper unit which is activated via a remote. I have done away with this and opted for an 8 click adjustable damper. In basic terms, it allows more fine tuning with regards to how stiff the fork is. I also have some heavier oil to help the fork remain supportive when crushing KOM's.
I have been really impressed with the Deore brakes, the entry level Shimano model are quality stoppers. I have also been impressed with the Kona branded handlebar and stem combo. The XC/BC bars are 740mm in length and have a relaxed sweep which makes the front end nice and predictable when the trail points down.
I always run CrankBros Candy pedals
I have 3 stem spacers under the bars to raise it up a wee bit. I run 40mm rise bars on my Enduro bike so by comparison the Kanhuna's front end is still low.
I'm really enjoying riding the Kahuna at the moment and it is really helping me with my training leading up to the first race of the season.
If you want to find out more about the Kahuna click here.
All photos kindly provided by Naturally Niamh