kahuna dl


kahuna dl
We've drawn upon all of our 25 years making bikes to craft this 29-inch-wheel gem. Specifically purposed for cross-country riding and light duty XC racing, the Kahuna DL features all of the high-performance benefits of a Kona 7005 Aluminum Butted frameset—light, fast and marvelously responsive. Featuring the efficiency and confidence of 29-inch wheels, the Kahuna DL shares the same geometry as our race-ready Big Kahuna and carbon-fiber King Kahuna XC Race bikes.


Frame Material Kona Race Light 7005 Aluminum Butted
Sizes 14", 16", 18", 19", 20", 22"
Rear Shock N/A
Fork Rock Shox Recon Gold TK Solo Air Tapered 100mm
Crankarms Sram X5
Chainrings 44/33/22t
B/B Sram X5
Pedals Shimano M505 Clipless
Chain Sram PC1031
Freewheel Sram PG1030 11-36t 10 spd
F/D Sram X5
R/D Sram X7
Shifters Sram X5
Brake Calipers Avid Elixir 3
Front Brake Rotor Avid HS1 180mm
Rear Brake Rotor Avid HS1 160mm
Brake Levers Avid Elixir 3
Headset FSA No.57B-1
Handlebar Kona Energy
Stem Kona XC/Road
Seatpost Kona Double Clamp w/offset
Seat Clamp Kona Clamp
Grips Kona Race Light LOG
Saddle WTB Volt Sport
Front Hub King Kong
Rear Hub Formula
Spokes Stainless 14g
Rims WTB SX23
Front Tire Maxxis Ikon 29x2.2"
Rear Tire Maxxis Ikon 29x2.2"
Paint Color Matt Grey w/White & Grey
Extras N/A
inches 16 22.5 74° 68.5° 17.3 26.2 43.3 19.9 1.9 - 2.3 12 30.7 4.3 73 34.9 24.3 15.5
inches 18 23.5 74° 70° 17.3 26.6 43.8 19.9 1.9 - 2.1 12.2 32.1 4.7 73 34.9 24.8 16.3
inches 19 24 73° 70° 17.3 26.7 43.8 19.9 1.9 - 2.1 12.2 32.7 5.1 73 34.9 25.1 16.3
inches 20 24.5 73° 70° 17.3 27.2 44.3 19.9 1.9 - 2.1 12.2 33.3 5.5 73 34.9 25.4 16.6
inches 22 25.5 73° 71° 17.3 27.8 44.9 19.9 1.9 - 2.1 12.2 34.6 6.3 73 34.9 26.4 17.4
GEOMETRY LEGEND: FC = Front To Center BBH = Bottom Bracket Height
TTH = Top Tube Horizontal WB = Wheelbase SO = Standover
STA = Seat Tube Angle FL = Fork Length HT = Head Tube Length
HTA = Head Tube Angle OF = Fork Offset BBS = Bottom Bracket Size
RC = Chainstay Length BBD = Bottom Bracket Drop FD = Front Derailleur Clamp Size
REACH = Horizontal Distance from center of BB to the top of the headtube centerline
STACK = Vertical Distance from center of BB to the top of the headtube centerline
Note: All Specifications Are Subject To Change Without Notice



At Kona, we are always refining materials to achieve the best mix of ride performance for certain applications. With Kona Race Light 6069 tubing, which mixes trace elements into the alloy, we are actually able to make framesets that are lighter and stiffer than Scandium 7005. Not quite as light and stiff as Scandium 6069, but significantly more affordable, Kona Race Light 6069 Aluminum allows our designers to make the tubing thinner while maintaining the preferred ride characteristics, stiffness and strength for a desired riding application—in this case, medium-travel all-mountain bikes, like our new Process.


Short chainstays and seatstays provide a perfect balance of stability and power transfer when out of the saddle and pedalling hard. Shorter seatstays also have less deflection during braking and accelerate faster than longer stays. The shorter rear triangle also helps the bike to negotiate tight-twisting sections of trail. Our new Entourage short-travel downhill bike is a good example of an incredibly compact rear triangle. Our goal was to create a bike that was easy to jump and trick, and could also corner aggressively. With seatstays measuring just 415mm, we've created one of the most nimble short travel DH bikes in the industry.


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.


For 2013, you'll find a large majority of Kona bicycles featuring zero stack and tapered headtubes. From cyclocross to cross-country, 29ers right through to longer-travel dual-suspension models, like our Entourage and Operator, a tapered headtube provides more support at the intersection of the toptube and downtube, greatly improving stability and overall performance.

Aside from improving the aesthetic due to its cleaner lines and smooth transition between the fork crown and the headset cover, tapered headtubes also offer a more solid interface between forks with tapered steertubes and the bicycle frame itself. More girth at the bottom of the headtube better distributes shock force, prolonging the bearing life of the headset itself. The inherent strength of its triangular design also means a stronger steering position and improved balance, giving the rider more control in rough terrain. A zero stack, tapered headtube also puts strength where the load is going—into the lower headset cup—maximizing bearing durability where it's needed.


Kona warrants to the original owner that their new Kona bicycle frame purchased from an authorized Kona dealer shall be free of defective materials or workmanship for the lifetime of ownership by the original owner. This warranty is limited to five years for carbon fiber frames.

During this warranty period, Kona shall repair or replace, at its sole option, the bicycle frame if Kona determines the frame is defective and subject to this limited warranty. The original owner shall pay all labor and shipping charges connected with the repair or replacement of the bicycle frame. Please see the Kona owner's manual, provided with your bicycle, for additional information