In the past Kona have tended to have a reputation for overpriced and ugly bikes.
In light of Konas 2012 and 13 offerings, this slightly unfair reputation should be banished along with the quirky fraggle-rock kona decals.
The Kona Entourage along with its big brother the Operator are the real deal, great value, hard hitting and versatile bike park machines.
With slightly reduced travel, lower bb hight and shorter stays than its big brother, the Entourage is designed to find the right balance between low speed tight handling and high speed flat out riding.
The Entourage makes use of the dependable Fox Van R rear shock to deliver 170mm of travel – perfect for a Freeride/DH/Bike park mix.
Up front the Kona runs Rock Shox Domain coils also offering 170mm of travel and pairs up with the rear shock well.
Finishing kit is good mid-range fare with e13 chain guide, Sram x-5 and x-7, Avid codes, Formular hubs and Sun rims and to keep the final price down Kona own brand post, bar, stem etc… The Maxxis Minion tires are a nice touch especially when alot of bikes at this price come with sub-standard rubber.
At its original price of £2350 the Entourage has massive competition in the LT DH/freeride arena, including the Specialized Status, Giant Glory and Norco Atrium to name 3.
At its reduced price of £1349 with CRC the Kona Entourage is fantastic value with not a lot of competition at this low price. The Entourage should certainly be considered when looking for a new long travel machine.