At Kona, our roots have everything to do with going fast on a bike. Our staff, our designers, and our founders have all raced bikes at some point. XC, DH, 4X, dual slalom, even BMX, at Kona we have a deep respect for competition. The Kona Factory Team is the ultimate manifestation of our racing ethos, with a celebrated history as being one of the fastest off-road cycling teams in the world.
For 2008 the Kona Factory Team will be hitting it all, everything from UCI World Cup, NORBA, 24-Hour, multi-day stage races, Marathon Endurance events, even local grassroots events. Classifications include XC, DH, and dual slalom.
On the long, arduous quest for podiums and championships, not only will our athletes provide exposure for the Kona brand, they are also a crucial element in the ongoing testing of our bicycles. All of our riders are heavily involved with our design team, helping us make refinements aimed at maximizing bike performance. Refinements that ultimately make it back to us—all the regular hammerheads of the world.
Headlining the 2008 Kona Factory Team, the Twin Timbers—2007 US Short Track champion and 2006 US XC champ, Ryan Trebon, and 2006 US Short Track champion, Barry Wicks, will be roaming the globe looking to lay major hurt on the field.
The XC team also includes Canadian speedster Wendy Simms, fan favorite Erik Tonkin, and 21-year-old whipper-snapper and rising XC star, Neal Kindree. Kindree will take his success as U23 Canadian National Champion on the world stage. Fellow Canadian Kris Sneddon joins Kindree, taking his specialty in endurance racing to multi-day, 24-hour and XC races all over the world.
UK downhill phenom, 2006 World Cup overall champion Tracy Moseley will continue to set the bar with her blazing skill on the DH World Cup circuit this year, with goals that would see her as the #1 female downhill racer in the world.