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Kona Libre EL

Kona Libre EL
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The Libre EL has made itself known as a go-to adventure bike for people of all abilities. Looking to up your distance? Want a tool that allows you to ride farther in less time? The Libre EL is a versatile machine that has the legs to go just about anywhere. Built on our wildly popular Libre platform, the Libre EL features an aluminum frame and Verso Full Carbon Flat Mount Disc fork. Like its CR DL sibling, it runs a gravel-specific drivetrain and brakes, ensuring the grime that you'll inevitably get from a mucky ride doesn't affect shifting and braking performance. Unlike its analog sibling it gets a power boost from a Shimano motor and internal battery. In other words, it'll get you to the top of that insanely steep mountain you've been eyeing up, and let you enjoy the benefits of rippin' gravel on the way down!

Kona 7005 and 6061 Aluminum alloys are used extensively throughout our fleet of mountain and asphalt bicycles. A tough, durable, light alloy, both Kona 7005 and 6061 deliver fantastic, reliable performance that lasts for thousands of rides. Much of our 7005/6061 tubing is butted and/or formed, meaning the tubing's wall thickness can be increased or decreased, as well as shaped, so we can fine-tune a particular frame's strength and ride characteristics depending on its intended application.

Bearing cups are actually pressed into the frame and are easily removable. An internal headset also reduces stack height, so the height of the stem and bars are more adjustable, giving the rider the best fit possible.

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—maximizing bearing durability where it's needed.

Tubeless rims allow for tires with more puncture resistance; the ability to run lower tire pressure, which provides better tire grip on the trail; lower rolling resistance; and weight savings over traditional tube and tire systems.

12x142mm AXLE
12x142mm, 12x148 and 12x157 rear axle standards provide two major advantages to the Kona rider: the 12mm diameter of the rear axle provides the rear hub and frame with a stiff interface, while the 142/148/157mm 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 tires have a similar overall diameter to a traditional 700c gravel or commuting tire, but with a smaller diameter rim and a wider, taller tire. The extra air volume in this new generation of urban and mixed-surface tires 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.

Geometry Chart:
Frame Size50cm52cm54cm56cm58cm
Seat Tube Length (mm) 455 490 510 540 550
Top Tube Length (mm) 543 558 573 588 608
Reach (mm) 378 383 386 389 394
Stack (mm) 575 590 610 630 660
Standover (mm) 721 749 772 799 818
Head Tube Angle 70.5 70.5 71 71 71
Head Tube Length (mm) 137 153 175 196.5 230
Seat Tube Angle 74 73.5 73 72.5 72
Chainstay Length (mm) 440 440 440 440 440
Bottom Bracket Drop (mm) 75 75 72 72 70
Bottom Bracket Height (mm) 268 268 271 271 273
Wheelbase (mm) 1042 1052 1058 1068 1084
Front Center (mm) 613 623 628 638 654
Fork Length (mm) 410 410 410 410 410
Fork Offset (mm) 50 50 50 50 50
Frame SizeHeight (inches)Height (cm)Inseam (inches)Inseam (cm)
50cm 4'10"-5'1" 147-155cm 24"-27" 61-69cm
50cm 5'0"-5'3" 152-160cm 26"-29" 66-74cm
50-52cm 5'2"-5'7" 157-170cm 27"-30" 69-76cm
52-54cm 5'6"-5'10" 168-178cm 29"-31" 74-79cm
54-56cm 5'9"-6'0" 175-183cm 30"-33" 76-84cm
54-58cm 5'11"-6'2" 180-188cm 32"-35" 81-89cm
58cm 6'1"-6'5" 185-196cm 33"-36" 84-91cm


Frame Kona 6061 Aluminum Butted
Fork Kona Verso Full Carbon Flat Mount Disc
Rims WTB HTZ i25 TCS 2.0
Hubs Front: Formula 100x12mm
Rear: Formula 142x12mm
Spokes Stainless 14g
Tires Front: WTB Venture TCS w/Puncture Protection 650x47c
Rear: WTB Venture TCS w/Puncture Protection 650x47c
Crankset Shimano E8000
Chainrings Direct Mount Samox 38t
Shifters Shimano GRX 810
Rear Derailleur Shimano GRX
Cassette/Freewheel Shimano Deore 11-42t 11spd
Chain Shimano 105
Brakes Shimano GRX 810
Rotors Shimano RT66 160mm
Brake Levers Shimano GRX 810
Handlebars Kona Road
Tape/Grips Kona Cork Tape
Stem Kona Road Deluxe
Headset Orbit 1.5 ZS, No.57-T
Seatpost TranzX Dropper +RAD Internal w/Shimano Lever 31.6mm
Saddle WTB Volt
Pedals Sold separately
Motor Shimano E7000 20MPH
Battery Shimano 504Wh
Controller/Display Shimano SC-E7000 Display
Charger Shimano STEPS 2A

* Subject to change without notice.