A totally new model for 2013, the Kitsune has the Swing Link rear suspension configuration introduced on our Satori and brings to life a 130mm (front) and 120mm (rear) travel, 26-inch wheel all-mountain bike specifically designed to fit even the smallest riders. With great standover height, this bike's rear travel platform is efficient while climbing and plush when descending. Add geometry focused on rider confidence and great handling, and the Kitsune, which means "fox" in Japanese, is sure to outsmart the world's most devious terrain.


Frame Material Kona Race Light 6061 Aluminum Butted 120mm Travel
Sizes S, M, L, XL
Rear Shock RockShox Monarch RL
Fork RockShox Sektor TK Solo Air Tapered 130mm
Crankarms Shimano Deore
Chainrings 42/32/24
B/B Shimano BB51
Pedals Shimano M505 Clipless
Chain Shimano HG54
Freewheel Shimano HG62 11-36t 10 spd
F/D Shimano SLX
R/D Shimano XT
Shifters Shimano Deore
Brake Calipers Shimano Deore
Front Brake Rotor Shimano 180mm
Rear Brake Rotor Shimano 160mm
Brake Levers Shimano Deore
Headset FSA No.57B
Handlebar Kona XC/BC Riser
Stem Kona XC/Road Deluxe
Seatpost Kona Double Clamp Deluxe w/Offset
Seat Clamp Kona Clamp
Grips Kona Race Light LOG
Saddle WTB Volt Comp
Front Hub Shimano SLX
Rear Hub Shimano SLX
Spokes Sandvik Stainless Double Butted 14g fr / 15g rr
Rims WTB STi23 TCS
Front Tire Maxxis Ardent 26x2.25" Folding
Rear Tire Maxxis Ikon 26x2.2" Folding
Paint Color Matt Dark Silver w/White
Extras N/A
inches S 22.5 74° 68° 16.6 26.8 43.3 20 1.5 0 13.2 31.1 3.9 73 Direct 22.1 16.2
inches M 23.5 74° 68° 16.6 27.8 44.4 20 1.5 0 13.2 31.3 4.7 73 Direct 22.5 17
inches L 24.5 74° 68° 16.6 28.8 45.4 20 1.5 0 13.2 31.5 5.1 73 Direct 22.9 18
inches XL 25.5 74° 68° 16.6 27.8 44.4 20 1.5 0 13.2 31.7 5.5 73 Direct 23.2 18.8
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



Kona Race Light 7005/6061 is a lighter, more performance-oriented fabrication of our 7005/6061 Aluminum tubing. Designed to meet Kona's discerning race specifications, Race Light 7005/6061 uses custom butting to create thicker tubes at weld areas and important parts of the frame, providing incredible strength and torsional integrity to the feel of the ride. We remove wall thickness in other parts of the frameset to lighten up the bike, providing the perfect balance between quickness and stiffness. The emphasis here is on performance, lightness and speed built the Kona way.


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.

First introduced on our Satori in 2012, and featured on the Satori and Kitsune for 2013, it is important to note that Kona's new Swing Link suspension setup represents no functional difference from our traditional Walking Beam 4-Bar Linkage. Both configurations are single-pivot rocker-actuated suspension designs. We refer to our traditional design as a Walking Beam and the Satori as Swing Link, but this only describes the manner in which the rocker is configured, not how the suspension functions, which is the same between them.

We changed the configuration of the Satori's rocker to increase standover and optimize the leverage rate for 29inch all-mountain riding in a way that we could not have done with our traditional Walking Beam configuration.


A 12x142mm rear axle provides two major advantages to the Kona rider: the 12mm diameter of the rear axle provides the rear hub and frame with a stiff interface, while the 142mm outer diameter of the hub allows the wheel to be quickly and properly positioned in the frame before the rear axle is inserted. The definition of all-mountain: DH stiffness with the speed and ease of XC.


A number of 2013 Kona models feature the benefits of tubeless compatible rims. Tubeless rims allow for tires with more puncture resistance, better tire grip on the trail, lower rolling resistance and weight savings over traditional tube + tire systems. For 2013, you'll find tubeless compatible rims on most of our XC race and trail bikes, as well as our carbon fiber Major Jake, Red Zone and Zone Two.


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