Kona Kitsune 2013 Mountain Bike

This is my Kona Kitsune 2013, purchased online in September 2016 from ‘new, old’ stock. I got it in 21″ size, which fits my 6ft 4″ frame well.

The Kitsune has 140mm of front suspension travel and 130mm of rear, both with Rockshox shocks. There is a decent kit mix, comprising XT, SLX and Deore for the shifters. Tyres are a Maxxis Ikon at the rear, and an Ardent at the front.

I never fitted the Shimano SPD pedals supplied; I’ve had really bad experiences with them previously, so went for flats straight away. I normally choose DMR V8s, but Halfords was the only bike shop open when I needed them, so I ended up with some Boardman flat MTB pedals. These have definitely done the job so far, after seven months of ownership, despite their thin platform.

I upgraded to a Rockshox Reverb externally routed hydraulic dropper post at Christmas of the same year.. absolutely epic bit of kit.

The Kitsune was only available for one year, and considering how well it rides, I’ve often wondered why that was. I think it was related to a team change, with the Process becoming the do-it-all bike for most applications, in it’s multiple travel configurations. There is also the fact that it was designed around 26″ wheels, with 650b becoming the defacto standard.