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The genre-defining Precept takes the rollability, traction and quick handling of 27.5-inch wheels and 120mm of Kona’s Swinger Independent Suspension to create an incredibly efficient climber and a faster, more stable, descender. Thanks to an amazing price, it’s a bike that knows no bounds. Outfitted with a Shimano drivetrain highlighted by a Deore Shadow rear derailleur, 130mm RockShox fork and refined trail geometry with excellent standover, the Precept is everything a great mountain bike should be: solid, smooth and full of smiles.
At Kona we’re proud of our ability to create mountain bikes that create mountain bikers while allowing existing riders to expand their horizons. Our Precept line is distilled from the Process and Operator lines to give any rider a solid and super-affordable chassis to ride it all and ride it well. For 2015 the Precepts return, keen to convert many more to the church of rip-roaring, dual-suspension mountain biking.
Kona 6061 Aluminium Butted
Kona 7005 and 6061 Aluminum alloys are used extensively throughout our fleet of mountain and asphalt bicycles. A tough, durable, affordable, light alloy, both Kona 7005 and 6061 deliver fantastic, reliable performance that lasts for thousands of rides. Much of our 7005/6061 tubing is butted and/or formed, meaning the tubing’s wall thickness can be increased or decreased, as well as shaped, allowing us to fine-tune a particular frame’s strength and ride characteristics depending on its intended application.
The major benefit of an internal headset, whereby the bearing cups are actually pressed into the frame and are easily removable, 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.
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, thanks to more weld contact area. More girth at the bottom of the headtube better distributes shock force, prolonging the bearing life of the headset itself, eliminates brake shudder, all while providing positive steering performance. 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.
Swinger Independent Suspension
Featured on the recreational-oriented Precept line of Trail bikes, and the new Precept 200 DH bike, Kona’s Swinger configuration allows us to smartly increase standover and optimize the leverage rate for both Trail and Gravity riding in a way that we couldn’t have done with other configurations. It retains the same advantages and performance features as our other designs, but at a more affordable price.
The benefits of the 27.5-inch wheel are simple: they roll over obstacles and track better than 26-inch wheels, but are more maneuverable and nimble than 29-inch ones. They are, quite literally, the best of both worlds, effectively increasing overall performance and rider confidence. No surprise then, that 27.5-inch wheels have found their way throughout our Mountain Bike range. You’ll find the wheel size throughout our Enduro platform and now throughout many of our traditional mountain bikes, like the Cinder Cone, Blast and Lana’i.
New for 2015! Register a new 2015 Kona bike within three months of purchase, and the original owner qualifies the Kona frame for a free Lifetime Warranty. Note: this does not apply to Kona Carbon models.
Shimano drivetrain w/ Deore Shadow RD
RockShox XC 30 120mm air sprung fork
Tektro HDC-290 hydraulic brakeset
WTB SX23 27.5-inch rims