Kona's foray into the bicycle industry began in the early nineties as a manufacturer of lightweight seatposts. They eventually took over the marketing of these posts and opened an office for Kore in `93. Their offerings grew to include the first suspension oriented lightweight skewers and a lightweight stem (now known as the Lite stem). By `95 their offerings had grown to include two product levels; the Elite, their American made products, and the Lite, an assortment of components made in Taiwan.
Though Kore officially began in `93, their roots reach back to the introduction of the Thrashguard in `90. This removable bolt on bashguard paved the way for many of today's “Street” frames. Since then, they've continued to make advancements in the “Street” and “Flatland” scenes and have since added a few main stream products to our BMX line.