Kona’s urban assault vehicle was designed from the ground up in partnership with Californian Police almost decade ago, having first joined their fleet back in 1988. Need we say more?
It has a rugged frame with built-in rack over 29″ wheels, hydraulic brakes and RockShox suspension forks. The step-over formula with bar ends is ideal for ejecting riders of various sizes quickly in the pursuit of bicycle thieves… and other rotters!
Unlike regular bikes, the Shield is built for strength and the rear rack is structural. This means that it can handle the weight of hefty day packs, whilst still handling all terrain riding with the dependable 1 x 10 Speed Shimano drivetrain. It also adopts thru-axles from high-end MTB rather than incorporating the flimsier quick release system from road bikes. The kickstand is designed for heavyweight cargo bikes, so equally durable and it keeps the bike upright when the rack is fully loaded too.
If you’re looking for reliable fleet transport, the Shield comes with high praise.
Meanwhile, the Kona Shield can also be used for more casual riding! The upright riding position and sturdy frame are well suited for carrying one child on the rear. It is especially good when two parents share the same bike for commuting in between the school run.
Child seats from both Yepp and Hamax are rated for ‘9 months to 22Kg’, so you can be confident that your little one will be secure too. When your child reaches that weight at around the age of 6 (or you have another one!), you can progress to the longer Ute Series.
You can also fit a rear box for hospitality deliveries, making the Shield one of the most versatile models available.
Sizing Guide, via Standover Height:
S: 680mm / 26.8″
M: 678mm / 26.7″
L: 712mm / 28.0″
XL: 749mm / 29.5″
Frame Material: Kona 6061 Aluminum Butted
Sizes: S, M, L, XL
Fork: RockShox Recon TK Coil Spring 100mm Tapered
Crankarms: Shimano Deore
B/B: Shimano 73mm
Pedals: Kona JS
Chain: KMC X10
Freewheel: Shimano Deore 11-42T 10 Speed
F/D: Shimano Deore
R/D: Shimano Deore
Shifters: Shimano Deore
Brake Calipers: Shimano Deore
Front Brake Rotor: Shimano Rt30 180mm (Centrelock)
Rear Brake Rotor: Shimano Rt30 160mm (Centrelock)
Brake Levers: Shimano Hydraulic
Headset: FSA No.57B
Handlebar: Kona XC/BC
Stem: Kona XC/BC
Seatpost: Kona Thumb
Seat Clamp: Kona Clamp
Grips: Velo Ergo
Saddle: Kona Comfort
Front Hub: Shimano Deore 100 x 15mm (Centrelock)
Rear Hub: Shimano Deore 148 x 12mm (Centrelock)
Spokes: Sandvik Stainless Black 14G
Rims: WTB STP i29
Front Tyre: WTB Cruz Comp 29 x 2.0″
Rear Tyre: WTB Cruz Comp 29 x 2.0″
Paint Colour: Matt Black
Plus: Kickstand, Handlebar Ends