2011 Kona Bikes, Something for the Ladies.

I’m happy to report on any bike company that supports women-specific cycling. And wether you agree with WSD (women specific design) or not, you can’t argue that these companies are getting more women riding bikes. Isn’t that what we all want?
For 2011, Kona Bikes presents a smaller women’s lineup this year with the unfortunate cancellation of the freeride-specific, Minxy, the 4″ travel, XC-specific dually, the Lisa 120, the mid-priced hardtail, Lisa Deluxe and their women’s commuter, Dr.Lisa. 
Though we bid adeui to some fantastic bikes, we also welcome the addition of the new Hei Hei Lisa. Check her out!

“It’s the female counterpart to our much heralded Hei Hei 100, the smoothest dual suspension mountain bike in the world today. Make no mistake, the Hei Hei Lisa is its own chariot, designed specifically to the needs and fit of the female body. New for 2011, we’ve given the bike more standover and ride characteristics focused on making it lighter, quicker and more nimble. The ultimate women specific dual suspension XC bike comes with lockout levers for front and rear suspension, WTB Speed She saddle, Kona Lisa grips, and narrower women specific handlebar. Available in four different sizes”.
Also available is the Kula Lisa, described by Kona, “It’s not a race bike, but it’s fast as you want it to be, with female specific geometry and components that blend comfort and confidence. The perfect ride for ladies who want to venture further and deeper into the wide, wonderful world of off-road cycling”.

And finally on the mountain bike spectrum of women’s-specific bikes, Kona offers a more budget-friendly ride for the rider who wants more than entry level, the Kona HT.

“Using a redesign of our popular Fire “Mountain hardtail mountain bike, the Lisa HT uses women specific geometry to ensure new-to-the-sport recreational female cyclists enter the world of forest and trail with confidence and comfort. Featuring Shimano hydraulic brakes and female-friendly components throughout, like a WTB Speed She saddle.”
And lastly, for the woman who loves riding on the road as much as off-road there is the Lisa RD.  This is no entry-level road bike either, with a 105 Groupo, (with Ultegra rear deraileur), double chainring, (39/50 tooth), Shimano RR5500 crank and carbon fork. The Lisa RD will have you sprinting faster than Jeannie Longo…well almost.

“Designed to be a super comfortable, zippy, economically priced and power efficient road bike, we’ve gone over every detail to ensure the Lisa RD meets the demands of women cyclists looking to log some serious road miles. A beautifully crafted aluminum frame features a carbon fork, Shimano cranks and wheels, a Selle Italia Lady Flow saddle and taller/shorter geometry best suited for novice right through to experienced roadies. Available in four different sizes to ensure a perfect fit.”
There you have it girls, the 2011 Kona women’s-specific line-up. Have more questions? Contact your nearest Kona dealer for more information or visit KonaWorld.com


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