Bike First Impressions: Kona Shonky Complete

Bike First Impressions: Kona Shonky Complete

The dirt jumper’s glory days are behind us, and it’s hard to point to exactly why. Maybe the kids who were supposed to take the reins opted instead for BMX bikes or fixies or fidget spinners. Maybe Danny MacAskill’s videos eclipsed those of Jeff Lenosky, Aaron Chase and John Cowan. But there was a time when dirt-jump bikes (which the kids now just call hardtails) were a staple in nearly every brand’s lineup. And no brand carried the torch better than Kona. Their boxy aluminum frames proudly bore cartoonish fonts spelling out cartoonish names like “ROAST,” “SCRAP” and “STUFF.”

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