Kona did a really good job with the Remote 160. It honestly surprised us quite a bit and had all our testers smiling. When it comes to ranking the Kona Remote, we don’t really have many critiques or areas of performance that could be improved, instead it’s more of a spec, weight and value equation. For the price there are bikes with better spec, that weigh a little bit less, although they may not ride quite as well, it’s something we know consumers will consider. We would ideally like to see this bike drop a little bit of weight, get a better spec or come down about $500 in price.
When it comes to on-trail performance, there isn’t much the Kona doesn’t do well. Suspension performance is a highlight as it’s lively, supple and sensitive off the top, offering great traction and support, yet it ramps nicely off drops or big hits. The NX drivetrain quickly wore out and regularly required attention to shift smoothly, but otherwise it climbed very well. It navigated switchbacks with ease, allowed us to pedal over obstacles with ease and was ready to turn around and tackle them going down. If you are in the market for a good all-around ebike and can maybe find one of these for a slight discount, it’s an absolutely killer bike in terms of performance.
Weight: 53.1 lbs;