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A classic bike that has been available throughout mountain bike history, we review whether the latest iteration of the Kona Cindercone is good enough to carry the name forward

kona cindercone
Overall Score
A top spec frame that can grow with your mountain biking
Basic components keep the price reasonable, but will ultimately need replaced

The Kona Cinder Cone has been around pretty much forever in an ever developing format. We were riding them back in the early nineties, and they are as good now as they were then.

These days it has been brought bang up to date with 27.5 inch wheels, tapered headtube for a stiffer and more direct steering column and a lovely Scandium frame that sets off the light and flickable weight.

Sensible component choice from the lower range of Shimano kit has kept the price reasonable for such a top notch frameset, but it is all functional and reliable, plus you can always upgrade parts as they wear out. Supplied with a versatile 3x10 gearing you will be able to go anywhere, and the Shimano hydraulic disc brakes are always top of our list for stopping power.

This is a fun trail bike that can grow with your commitment to the sport.

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