Please note: all of our bike models come with an EU standard brake setup. This will need to be reversed to comply with UK cycling standards.
The Kona Libre is the result of years of dreaming of the ultimate carbon bike. It's partly racing, partly mountain and very tough. A Shimano Ultegra 2x11 drive provides maximum range, while the WTB 650B tubeless ready wheels offer plenty of room for your favourite tyres. The new Kona Verso Carbon Touring fork is one of the few carbon forks on the market that offers multiple mounting options for fenders and rear rack.
650b wheels and tyres have an overall diameter similar to a conventional 700c gravel or commuter tyre, but with a smaller diameter rim and a wider, larger tyre. The extra air volume in this new generation of urban and compound tyres allows them to be driven comfortably at lower pressures while rolling fast on a variety of surfaces at the same time. It is the best of both worlds.
12 x 142 mm rear axle
12 x 142 mm, 12 x 148 and 12 x 157 rear axle standards offer two main advantages for Kona riders: the 12 mm diameter of the rear axle ensures maximum stability on the rear hub and frame, while the 142/148/157 mm outer diameter of the hub ensures that the wheel is fast and correctly positioned in the frame before the rear axle can be used. From 2016, the 12 x 148 standard will be available as a mix, especially on the new Honzo series. 12 x 148 offers more tyre clearance on the chainstay, while the rear wheel is more stable and durable than a 12 x 142 thru axle.
Tapered Head Tube
More circumference on the underside of the head tube distributes the shock better, prolongs the headset's bearing life and eliminates brake shock while providing safe steering performance. The inherent strength of its triangular design also means a stronger steering position and improved balance, giving the driver more control on uneven terrain.