Kona Five-0 DJ/MtnX

DESCRIPTION

Beat the burl back with the ultimate punisher. Because every stretch of tough singletrack needs a hardtail hero, we continue to refine our mean Jean North Shore persuader, the Five-0. Get your gnarl on with a super tough aluminum frame, Marzocchi 55-RS 140mm fork, mad paint, and new this year, an internal headset for a bitchslapper of a front end. Super solid.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 17, 2015]
John
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Very durable heavy-duty bike, great street ride and even skatepark bike with a tire change, plenty of cockpit room, long top tube

Weakness:

It's heavy, not a typical XC bike, not for people who count ounces

I bought a new 2009 Kona Five-0 Delux. I have beat on it incessantly from day one. I have taken it street riding, to the skatepark, off 3-foot-plus ledges, on BMX dirt jumps, downhill at Snow Summit, all over Moab, and even used it as a cross-country climbing bike. I have a late 1980s-present BMX background and prefer flat pedals, a longer top tube and longer wheelbase with plenty of stability from a mid-length chaintube for manuals and wheelies. It took me a while to settle on this bike when scanning geometry specs. Once I sat on it, I knew it was the bike for me. I didn't make any changes to the bike out of the box to better fit me except chop a couple inches off the seat post so I could drop it all the way. I'm 5'11 and around 190 pounds. I purchased the 16-inch frame and couldn't be happier. The spokes have come loose a few times, once from from a heavy all-weekend downhill beating at Snow Summit, but it's sort of expected when using a hard tail as a downhill bike. I have had the local shop true the wheels twice. I have blown out a bottom bracket and worn out grips and tires. The front fork is starting to ooze a little oil out of the pressure side cap (right fork), but not enough to cause concern. The second bottom bracket is a little loose and likely ready for replacement, but overall this is a solid bike you can really beat on if the extra weight doesn't bother you.

Similar Products Used:

Not similar but 2002 Santa Cruz Bullit, and 2012 Specialized Demo 8 Troy Lee edition, Giant AC1

[Aug 12, 2011]
R2ana
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Very strong a stiff frame. "Playful" geometry.

Weakness:

Should come with dropouts for ss.

If u can snatch one of these frames up and build it with great components, there is nothing this bike CANT do. I've taken it on downhill runs, hucks, and jumps. But it climbs like a goat, too. If your stable is in dire need of a long travel hardtail, kona produces many steeds that can fill that niche. I almost like their hardtails more than their full sussers...!

Similar Products Used:

Never rode a long travel hardtail before. N/A

[Mar 12, 2011]
BikeRiderTom
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

a

Weakness:

b

e

Similar Products Used:

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[Apr 04, 2010]
scottr95
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great frame, sweet fork, pretty light, rear derailleur is OK.

Weakness:

Brakes - very noisy when wet, loses power quickly, lever becomes wiggly pretty quick.
Rims - pretty weak, not saying that they taco, but mine are already bent after only a few days of some small dj's
Pedals - Bearings are garbage.
Front Derailleur - Slow, chain still occasionally comes off when changing from 2nd to 1st even after modifications.
Frame Paint - Looks like diarrhea and graphics are stupid and pointless. Can't even tell you have a Kona. ('09 model)

For the price, it's a great bike. The frame is solid and the fork has lots of travel and good rebound. The rear derailleur isn't bad, no complaints at least.

Might need to change the Hayes hydros for some more responsive hydraulics or even some high end mechanicals! The brakes are the worst part of the bike in my opinion (I'm not surprised that they changed them to the Shimano's for the 2010 model).

The paint job is pretty poor but not really a big deal since it doesn't effect the performance of the bike, obviously.

They should've upgraded the rims considering it is a bike meant for free-ride, light DH, and dj's, not to mention some pretty intense single track.

Overall, I'm pretty pleased with the bike. Couldn't do any better for the price ($880 CAD since it was last years model) and with some simple upgrades you could have a pretty sweet bike on your hands.

Similar Products Used:

GT Outpost, Kona Cowan, Specialized P.2, Giant STP 1

[Mar 17, 2010]
james
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

bomb proof frame / fork / bars / stem. Strength to weight ratio is awesome. Great for park, DH and DJ, and heavy trail.

Weakness:

Stock setup is pretty poor. Wheels = taco's. Cranks, pedals, brakes and derailer are poo if you ride agressively at all. Change these and you will get a nice ride.

A good bike for price, a great bike after modifications. This frame is like th front end of a Stinky welded to the rear end of a Cowan. It manuals like a park bike, and descends like a DH bike up front. After some upgades, this bike will cop a flogging. It is light enough for XC, and definately will put up with anythingu are game to attempt, from drops to jumps to DH. You can get a nice single speed drop out kit from Kona as well.

Similar Products Used:

Kona Scrap, scott voltage, Orange ZERO

[Dec 27, 2009]
ZMC
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Strong frame with some beautiful welds, front rake angle, rear dropouts.

Weakness:

A boat anchor that won't wheelie or manual at all.

Color is ugly poo brown. Nobody can see you have a Kona, because graphics are so poor (09 graphics). Brakes are very poor, better off with high end pull disks like BB7, rather than low end rubbish fluid like these Hayes stroker things, rear lever brake already doesn't come back out to start position. Bars, pedals, stem, chain rings (appeared to be made out of old cola cans) tires and tubes all very poor quality. Some Maxxis tires are good, but the cheaper versions as on this bike the side knobs just collapse under cornering. Seat and seat post OK quality, but use so stupid 30mm size so you can only buy Kona for it, absolutely no engineering reason for this they just want more of your money. Forks and rims and rotors weigh a freakin' ton. Deore rear Derailer works OK but is as slow as a glacier compared with an X7. Forks are acceptable, but not what you'd call good.

It terms of the frame this bike is good. But it is a one trick pony, good downhill and over some jumps.

If you weigh over 240lbs but you used to be a great rider or BMXer and want to get back into the sport you have some trails near you, and never want to just goof around in a city and you don't mind spending some serious cash on replacement parts over time this bike might suit you.

This bike was such a poor choice. The gains from this bike are so marginal downhill, it just not worth it. The bike is just too heavy and geometrically suited to one style that it becomes a poor choice.

98% of riders, especially those without any kind of jumps or serious downhill trails near them would be better off with something like a Specialized Hardrock Rockhopper SL Pro, sure you lose a little downhill, but you gain everywhere else.

3 Chilis, -1 for stupid seat post size.

Similar Products Used:

Many XC bikes

[Jul 27, 2009]
OSM
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Quality made frame. dual wishbone mono stays. geometry is spot on for climbing and descending, Awsome paint. stiff BB area, increased top tube clearance for no-footed cans. stable under breaking at higher speeds due to longer wheel base.replacable dropouts. I like the cable routing under top tube looks clean and stays out of way. Zero stack headset is clean too. fair weight for a bigger frame. a whole lb. lighter than my last 16''frame.

Weakness:

Kona graphix are painted on, kinda weird lookin'. It's a lil' harder to find a 30.0mm seat post for a kona. made in Tiawan:(

I was gonna buy a full susser,but talked myself out of it. I have gone on two rides for a total of 32 miles and 4.5 hours with 4,100 ft. of climbing &13 mi of DH single track. this 18 inch frame fits me great(I'm 6'1'') great for bigger guys 200+lbs this is a burly frame. rear end is 1/2 inch longer so little manuals need to be picked up more, but it wheelies/manuals predictably. comfortable geometry on long rides. stays planted while climbing steeps and gets the power to the ground. GOOD steering angle navigates DH thru rocks and roots better than anything else i have had. this thing tracks very well under braking, and turns sharper than I expected. increased self confidance. no problems off more than 30 jumps and drops on the trails. I cant wait for some great rides on this thing. my first 2 rides were EPIC.

Similar Products Used:

Monngoose tyax. Haro zero, steelhead, Giant STP.

[Jul 17, 2009]
Lew
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Money spent in right places on bike.Bike is great in all the places where it matters. Love the front hub, forks and frame which are reasons I bought the bike.

Weakness:

Some issues with lesser component choices
Other components suck, the pedals are good, it terms of look and grip, they are almost certainly cheap wellgo pedals as the typical left pedal poor bearing quality, even though they are named Kona.

Maxxis High Rollers, why? Too wide, too soft, too slow. Constant puncture headache as always from Maxxis and to be honest I think some WTB tires such as as Prowlers or moto raptors would be far superior. Also tubes are wrong size for tires stock.

Brakes are dumb, the Hayes stroker Rydes are noisy, and provide no more feel or stopping power than Avid BB7's, so are a heavy wate of tome, except all your mates can see you have hydralic brakes.

Bars are too wide but can be changed. Saddle is fine, but not great, grips suck, gears are OK

I you keep breaking XC hardtail bikes with cheaper forks such as Rockshox dart this bike is for

This AM freeride will obviously slow you down but give you more durability so you will need to set it up for your own style and trail conditions.

Similar Products Used:

Giant XTC frame self built machine with lots of component changes

[May 12, 2009]
Anonymous
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

This review is for the '09 Five-O Deluxe. This bike has been great so far. The Deluxe spec is pretty decent to start out with. The Marzocchi 55r does the job and have had no problems with it, even though I see it has gotten mixed reviews. Stable with great steering response, just point it where I want to go and drive it through rock gardens and drops with no problems. Good acceleration out of corners. The bike feels very playful, again, stable with no sketchiness when I air as I hit roots, rocks and lips while flying down the trail. Climbs well too.

Weakness:

Color - it's okay, but would prefer something not so drab. Kona QR seat clamp is a b*tch - need to be superman to unclamp that thing.

It has been a very fun bike. I ride aggressively, sometimes leading the pack and easily keeping up with others on full-sussers. It is a burly hardtail and can be made even better as you upgrade it. It's an ideal bike that spans the range from newbies to advanced riders preferring a hardtail or those looking not to spend the cash on a full-susp. but have something that will definitely keep up with them.

[Feb 15, 2009]
Anonymous
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

mid-weight frame with perfect geometry for aggressive riding in all forms. This frame is very stout, climbs like a goat, jumps like a dart, and carves like a serrated blade. Rear dropout/Hanger is very stout. Internal headset is sweet.

Weakness:

Bike spec sucks. The 55r is a huge disappointment, hayes brakes lick balls and the wheels are taco material. Get it in a frame only, it is super cheap.

This frame is a sleeper. It can ride anything from a 40 foot gap to a 40 mile trail ride. Performance is top notch, about as good as you could possibly get for a hardtail frame. Get the frame only, the modern budget build is a waste of coin.

Similar Products Used:

Kona chute, transition vagrant, chameleon

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