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Kona Zing Review

We were very excited to review the Kona Zing bike. After all, how good could it be? We were surprised to find that as a non-race race bike, the Zing fared pretty well against better known brands like Specialized and GT.

Kona has made an aluminum butted frame specially developed to be “super light.” We found the frameset indeed to be quite light in weight, and also highly responsive. It’s no ultralight as the brand claims to be, but it’s on the low end of the weight scale. Thanks to the frame design, this bike doesn’t have to rigidity of certain older model frames.

The model is equipped with a Shimano R501A wheelset and Tektro R312 brakes. The compact cassette comes with only 9 gears with 18 speeds, which is a bummer. The components hold together well, but on higher speeds, some of us heard some noise. Even though this is intended for long rides, Zing won’t make the numbness of long rides disappear. Regardless, this bike delivers considering the price.

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  • Light frameset
  • Good specs
  • Nimble and responsive

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  • Only 18 speeds
  • Can be noisy
  • Could be more comfortable


The Verdict

Kona Zing is a solid and trustworthy long road race bikes for users with varying levels of expertise.

This brand delivers considering that this is the first race bike model for them. We were impressed by the specs, though some of the functionality left a little to be desired. However, we highly recommend this bike model as you next race bike.

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