Twenty-five years ago, we set out with one guiding principle: create bikes that are fun, durable and affordable. The Tanuki perfectly embodies that ethic, constituting the ultimate entry-level, dual-suspension bike. Featuring 130mm of travel designed to hit the sweet spot between efficient climbing and confident descending, and a beautifully crafted Kona Race Light 6069 Aluminum frame that will last a lifetime, not to mention an excellent component selection for the money, the Tanuki is converting regular riders into avid cyclists on a daily basis. Because that's just what mythical Japanese raccoon dogs do.


Frame Material Kona Race Light 6069 Aluminum Butted 130mm Travel
Sizes 15", 16", 17", 18", 19", 20", 22"
Rear Shock RockShox Monarch R
Fork RockShox Sektor R Coil 130mm
Crankarms Shimano Acera
Chainrings 44/32/22t
B/B Shimano UN26
Pedals Shimano M505 Clipless
Chain KMC HG53
Freewheel Shimano HG20 11-34t 9 spd
F/D Shimano Acera
R/D Shimano Deore
Shifters Shimano Acera
Brake Calipers Avid Elixir 1
Front Brake Rotor Avid G2 180mm
Rear Brake Rotor Avid G2 160mm
Brake Levers Avid Elixir 1
Headset FSA No.57B-1
Handlebar Kona Aluminum Riser
Stem Kona Control
Seatpost Kona Thumb
Seat Clamp Kona QR
Grips Kona Mooseknuckle
Saddle WTB Volt Sport
Front Hub Formula
Rear Hub Shimano M475
Spokes Stainless 14g
Rims Sun SR25
Front Tire Maxxis Ardent 26x2.25"
Rear Tire Maxxis Ardent 26x2.25"
Paint Color Matt Black w/White & Gold
Extras N/A
inches 15 22.5 74° 68° 16.8 26.9 43.7 20 1.6 + 0.5 13.7 29.9 4.7 73 34.9 22 16.1
inches 16 23 74° 68° 16.8 27.4 44.2 20 1.6 + 0.5 13.7 29.7 5.1 73 34.9 22.3 16.5
inches 17 23.5 74° 68° 16.8 28 44.8 20 1.6 + 0.5 13.7 30.3 5.3 73 34.9 22.5 17
inches 18 24 74° 68° 16.8 28.5 45.4 20 1.6 + 0.5 13.7 30.9 5.5 73 34.9 22.7 17.4
inches 19 24.5 74° 68° 16.8 29 45.8 20 1.6 + 0.5 13.7 31.5 5.7 73 34.9 22.9 17.8
inches 20 25 74° 68° 16.8 29.5 46.3 20 1.6 + 0.5 13.7 32.1 5.9 73 34.9 23.1 18.3
inches 22 26 74° 68° 16.8 30.5 47.3 20 1.6 + 0.5 13.7 33.2 6.3 73 34.9 23.4 19.2
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.


Since Kona first introduced the Walking Beam 4-Bar Linkage platform in 1996, we've been refining and honing the most functional, durable and performance-oriented dual-suspension platform ever invented. You'll find versions of Kona's Walking Beam 4-Bar Linkage on everything from the Hei Hei XC race bike, to our Supreme Operator, the Entourage, and on one of the best-performing, entry-level dual-suspension bikes ever made, the Tanuki.

FUNCTION AND DURABILITY: Anytime you have a pivot in anything, there is side-to-side movement, or tolerance. It's what allows the pivot to move freely. When you have pivots that are close together, the side-to-side movement in those pivots becomes amplified, what's called tolerance stacking. Kona's 4-Bar system keeps pivots as far away from each other as possible, minimizing the negative effects of tolerance stacking. Ultimately, it equates to a stiffer rear end, as well as a significant decrease in bearing and bushing wear.

PURE SHOCK MOVEMENT: Another benefit of our 4-Bar system is minimized side load on the rear shock. If you have proximate pivot points and/or the shock positioned so that it is exposed to lateral forces, you have side load on the shock. Side load causes resistance, which can negatively impact suspension performance.

SHOCK LONGEVITY: With our 4-Bar system, the rear shock is protected from side-to-side forces. Side load is one of the main causes of premature seal failures. As a result, we have a very low rate of shock problems, as well as an exceptionally responsive feel to the rear suspension.

INCREDIBLE TUNE-ABILITY: By using 4-Bar, our designers are able to incorporate a huge range of suspension characteristics into our dual-suspension mountain bikes. Simply by changing the shock's positioning and configuration, we're able to make either an efficient climber or a wicked descender. For example, on our XC bikes, we can take an inherently progressive air shock and make the suspension more linear, allowing the rider to benefit from all of the bike's travel. For downhill bikes, like our Operator and Entourage, an inherently linear coil shock can be set up to be more progressive for big hits. When it comes to range of application, 4-Bar is the ultimate rear-suspension platform.

PLUSH FACTOR: With pivots, bearings and the shock itself well supported and protected from linear side load, Kona's Walking Beam 4-Bar Linkage system delivers that extraordinarily plush, smooth feel we all crave as mountain bikers. Whether it's taking the edge of a technical XC race course, the burl out of a backcountry all-day epic, or leveling out the brake bumps at your local bike park, Kona's Walking Beam 4-Bar Linkage delivers that sweet feel. Ride in, ride out.


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