Announced today, the new Kona Honzo ESD is a long, slack, big hitting trail machine that’s designed around a chromoly steel frame and a 150mm travel fork. Find photos and the complete build kit here…

New for 2021, the Kona Honzo ESD compliments the Kona Honzo ST in a big way—sporting a much more aggressive geometry and build kit that looks like it’s tailored specifically for rough, steep trails. Here’s what Kona has to say about the Honzo ESD: “If Mad Max rode a bike, it would be the Honzo ESD. It’s part Honzo, part monster, and with geometry derived from the Process X, it’s made for those who want to punish the trails. A steel frame holds a Marzocchi Bomber Z1 fork with 150mm of travel. Shimano Deore 4-piston brakes provide ample stopping power while Race Face AR 30 rims and burly Maxxis rubber stand up to the roughest trails. This is the Warrior of the Wasteland.”

  • 2021 Kona Honzo ESD
  • 2021 Kona Honzo ESD

At a glance, we can see a super slack 63° head tube angle, short 417mm chainstays, and a steep 77.5° seat tube angle. The complete Kona Honzo ESD is designed around 29″ tires, has a triple pack mount in the main triangle and a standard bottle mount under the downtube, and comes specced with Shimano’s latest 12-speed drivetrain and a Trans-X Dropper Post. Find the full build kit below.

Build Kit

  • Frame Kona Cromoly Butted
  • Fork Marzocchi Bomber Z1 Grip Damper 150mm
  • Crank Race Face Aeffect R, 30T
  • Bottom Bracket Race Face 73mm
  • Chain Shimano Deore
  • Cassette Shimano SLX 11-51t 12spd
  • Rear Derailleur Shimano SLX
  • Shifter Shimano XT
  • Brakes Shimano Deore, 4-Piston
  • Brake Rotors Shimano RT64 203mm / 180mm
  • Front Hub Shimano SLX 110x15mm
  • Rear Hub Shimano SLX 148x12mm
  • Spokes Stainless Black 14g
  • Rims Race Face AR 30
  • Front Tire Maxxis Assegai EXO TR 3C 29×2.5″
  • Rear Tire Maxxis Minion DHR II EXO TR 3C 29×2.4″
  • Headset FSA Orbit 1.5 E ZS
  • Handlebar Race Face Aeffect R 35
  • Stem Race Face Aeffect R 35
  • Seatpost Trans-X Dropper +RAD Internal w/ Shimano Lever 31.6mm
  • Grips Kona Key Grip
  • Saddle WTB Volt
  • 2021 Kona Honzo ESD
  • 2021 Kona Honzo ESD

The Honzo ESD comes in Gloss Metallic Red, as pictured, and the complete retails for $2,699 USD. It’s also available as a frame, but we’re not sure what the price will be for that yet. The 2021 Kona Honzo also receives new paint but otherwise remain fairly unchanged, while the Honzo DL gets new paint and slightly updated geometry with a slacker headtube angle, beefed up front suspension, and an overall more aggressive build kit.

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