The Fierceness has actually gone through a radical remodeling. It lost its carbon skin as well as 'changed' to an aluminum framework. This is not only cheaper and also much less time-consuming than carbon, yet allows kinematics and geometries to be transformed throughout growth. That does not suggest the present model isn't more modern and also sophisticated compared to it ever before has actually been. As a matter of fact, most of the testers felt this Fierceness was an enhancement over previous models.
So, does this new carbon Operator signal a moving of the trends at Kona HQ? Yes as well as no. Kona is investing greatly in design and also commercial layout, as well as it reveals, however the foundation on which the business was constructed remains. Each design element on the brand-new Driver concentrates on supplying much better longevity, ease of service and also improved flight experience.
Team Beast Energy-Specialized debuted this concept in 2010, and lots of racers have actually since attempted duplicating it with their very own less-ingenious customizations. Unfortunately, it doesn't function faultlessly because the limit screws on the derailleur do not stop over-shifting on top sprocket, although an artificial guard does assist.
Lots of rockers are welded together down the facility, which calls for more producing steps. Carbon would have been much too large to give adequate strength, so Kona located a means to bond the two alloy plates to a carbon bridge.
The Wilson obtained a couple of essential element upgrades this year. The framework is currently offered with the 216-millimeter RockShox Vivid R2C rear shock, as well as Whistler-born-and-bred Chromag obtains the nod for bars and stem this year. The 780-millimeter-wide Fubars as well as the Director stem replaced the Truvativ Boobar and Hozfeller direct-mount stem.
Kona has actually long been called the blue collar bike brand name, which is no accident. The company was improved using extremely reputable bikes at cost effective costs. Certain, sometimes, Kona has omitted some bells as well as whistles in order to do so, and they've commonly been a little bit heavy, yet being the lightest or the flashiest brand on the block has actually never ever been Kona's objective. Kona has actually commonly focused on making bikes that ride well as well as last forever, something we can all value.