3. Kona Bikes
The bike company Kona Bikes is rather new on the scene. Founders Dan Gerhard and Jacob Heilbron launched the company in 1988. Even now, the brand is still owned by the same couple and operates out of the same Seattle office.
The straight leg mountain bike manufacturing fork developed by Kona is the company’s claim to fame. Brodie (aka Bruce Spicer) collaborated with the company to create the distinctive motorcycle look. Kona’s current lineup of forks includes ten distinct models, with options for both mountain and road cycles of varying sizes.
While the company’s initial concentration was on mountain bikes, Kona now manufactures a wide variety of bicycles, including road and cyclocross models. The company debuted its first carbon frame bicycles in 2011, including a cyclocross racer and a Kula Watt 26″ hardtail.
A manufacturer of high-quality bicycles, Colnago is located in Italy. In 1952, Ernesto Colnago established the bran in Cambiago. As a child, Ernesto Colnago showed interest in cycling, despite his family’s hopes that he would take over the family farm. He began his career in the bicycle industry as an apprentice at age 13 and went on to create his own business.
Colnago is a high-end bicycle manufacturer that has been compared to Ferrari by The Telegraph. Many of Colnago’s top-tier bikes are constructed from scratch by skilled Italian artisans using only the finest materials, so the description is spot on.
Colnago is definitely not a cheap brand. Its entry-level versions cost more than $1,000, while its high-end racing bicycles go for $5,000 or $6,000.