A Kona carbon frame puts the highest emphasis on performance by putting the right fibres in the right places
Ride on the gravel, road, easier MTB trails… it’s your choice with the Libre
650b tyres can be run at lower pressures while still rolling quickly on a variety of surfaces
Hydraulic brakes give you more stopping power and control.
Light, fast and versatile
The Libre is the result of years of dreaming up the ultimate carbon dream machine. It’s part road bike, part mountain bike, part gravel grinder, and entirely badass.
A Shimano 105 2x11 drivetrain ensures maximum gear range, while WTB 650b tubeless-ready wheels provide ample clearance for your favourite tyres. The Kona Verso Carbon Touring fork also stands out in being a carbon fork that allows for multiple rack and fender mounting options.
Designed to be lightweight and built to demanding standards. Carbon fibre has long been praised for its weight and strength, but rather than chase grams, Kona places its efforts on the performance that is possible when the right high-modulus fibres are in the right places. Its designers work closely with its manufacturer to ensure there is no compromise to the desired ride characteristics, durability and – finally – weight stipulations that Kona expects from its bikes.
Integrated headsets are simple, light and effective headset systems whereby the bearing race cups are actually part of the head tube, and they are either machined away and left with the head tube, bonded (carbon), or welded in with steel or alloy. Like an internal headset, an integrated headset also reduces stack height, so the height of the stem and bars are more adjustable, giving the rider the best fit possible.
Tapered head tube
More girth at the bottom of the head tube better distributes shock force, prolonging the bearing life of the headset itself and eliminating brake shudder, while providing confident steering performance. The inherent strength of its triangular design also means a stronger steering position and improved balance, giving the rider more control in rough terrain. A zero-stack, tapered head tube also puts strength where the load is going—into the lower headset cup—maximiing bearing durability where it’s needed.
The 12x142mm rear axle standard provides two major advantages to the Kona rider: The 12mm diameter provides the rear hub and frame with a stiff interface, while the 142 outer diameter of the hub allows the wheel to be quickly and properly positioned in the frame before the rear axle is inserted.
650b wheels and tyres have a similar overall diameter to a traditional 700c gravel or commuting tyre, but with a smaller-diameter rim and a wider, taller tyre. The extra air volume in this new generation of urban and mixed-surface tyres means they can be run comfortably at lower pressures while still rolling quickly on a variety of surfaces. It’s the best of both worlds.
|frame||Kona Race Light Carbon|
|sizes||46, 49, 51, 54, 55|
|fork||Kona Verso Full Carbon Flat Mount Disc|
|freewheel||Shimano 105 11-34t 11spd|
|front derailleur||Shimano 105|
|rear deralleur||Shimano Ultegra|
|brake callipers||Shimano 105 Flat Mount|
|front brake rotor||Shimano RT54 160mm (centrelock)|
|rear brake rotor||Shimano RT54 160mm (centrelock)|
|brake levers||Shimano 105|
|stem||Kona Road Deluxe|
|seatpost||Kona Deluxe Thumb w/Offset 31.6mm|
|seat clamp||Kona Clamp|
|grips||Kona Cork Tape|
|saddle||WTB SL8 Pro|
|front hub||Formula 100x12mm (centrelock)|
|rear hub||Formula 142x12mm (centrelock)|
|spokes||Stainless Black 14g|
|rims||WTB KOM i25 TCS|
|front tyre||WTB Byway TCS 650x47c|
|rear tyre||WTB Byway TCS 650x47c|
|paint colour||Gloss Deep Purple w/ Blue and Desert Tan Decals|
*All specifications listed are subject to change without notice.
|FRAME||Kona Race Light Carbon|
|SIZES||46, 49, 51, 54, 55|
|Fork||Kona Verso Full Carbon Flat Mount Disc|
|FREEWHEEL||Shimano 105 11-34t 11spd|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano 105|
|Rear deralleur||Shimano Ultegra|
|Brake Callipers||Shimano 105 Flat Mount|
|FRONT BRAKE ROTOR||Shimano RT54 160mm (centrelock)|
|Rear brake rotor||Shimano RT54 160mm (centrelock)|
|Brake Levers||Shimano 105|
|Stem||Kona Road Deluxe|
|Seatpost||Kona Deluxe Thumb w/Offset 31.6mm|
|SEAT CLAMP||Kona Clamp|
|GRIPS||Kona Cork Tape|
|Saddle||WTB SL8 Pro|
|FRONT HUB||Formula 100x12mm (centrelock)|
|REAR HUB||Formula 142x12mm (centrelock)|
|SPOKES||Stainless Black 14g|
|RIMS||WTB KOM i25 TCS|
|FRONT TYRE||WTB Byway TCS 650x47c|
|REAR TYRE||WTB Byway TCS 650x47c|
|Paint colour||Gloss Deep Purple w/ Blue and Desert Tan Decals|
|Kona carbon||A Kona carbon frame puts the highest emphasis on performance by putting the right fibres in the right places|
|Handy hybrid||Ride on the gravel, road, easier MTB trails… it’s your choice with the Libre|
|Let's talk wheels||650b tyres can be run at lower pressures while still rolling quickly on a variety of surfaces|
|Shimano hydraulic brakes||Hydraulic brakes give you more stopping power and control.|