Kona's Fire Mountain bike is a classic Kona produce, and has been around since the company first opened over 20 years ago. The Kona Fire Mountain is still a well-regarded mid-range introductory performance mountain bike. It's moderately priced (around £357 in 2011) to encourage new riders to make an investment they are comfortable with. The Fire Mountain is quick and light enough to race, and is designed to perform on varied terrain, descends with control and climbs with relative ease.
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The Kona Mountain Fire comes in five frame sizes: 14 inches, 16 inches, 18 inches, 20 inches and 22 inches. This measurement refers to the length of the "seat tube", which is the bar that extends from the seat to the bottom of the bike's frame. The frame is made of butted 7005 aluminium, which is an aerospace grade aluminium alloy. Butted tubes are thicker and stronger at the ends where tubes are the most stressed, and thinner in the centre to conserve weight.
The 2011 Kona Mountain Fire bike has 6-inch Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, model M445. The entire braking system uses Shimano parts, which are designed to conserve weight and withstand the shock and stress of rugged trails. Writing about his experience with the Kona Fire Mountain for the Courier-Journal newspaper, novice mountain biker Gary Garth found that the stopping power of this system to be quick and comfortable, especially on downhill trails and bumpy terrain.
The 2011 Kona Fire Mountain is outfitted with Vittoria Geax 26 x 2.0 tires. Geax is Vittoria's line of mountain bike tires, and they're designed to withstand serious punishment. The deep "side knobs," referring to the tread on the outer edges of the tire, allow added grip and stability during turns.
Gears and Grips
The gear system is the standard Kona design, which is known for smooth, quiet shifting and responsiveness. With 27 gear combinations possible, you can experiment with different levels of resistance during your ride. The handlebars are outfitted with the Kona's Mooseknuckle grips, so you can shift all day and your hands will not budge from the bars.
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