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Safariland Introduces Kona Patrol Bicycle

May 11, 2012  | 

Photo: Safariland
Photo: Safariland

The Safariland/Kona Patrol Bike 29er arrived for bicycle patrol officers at the International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA) Conference that ended May 5. The company first unveiled the rugged patrol bike at SHOT Show in January.

The purpose-built patrol bike—the result of a partnership between Safariland and Kona USA—is available in both a 29er (29-inch wheels) and 26-inch wheel base.

The Safariland/Kona Patrol Bike is built with the Kona Race Lite 7005 aluminum frame that provides better durability. It arrives with Shimano components throughout, including the Shimano 30-speed drivetrain, SLX derailleur Roxshox forks, and hydraulic disc brakes for greater stopping power.

Other features include a sloping, padded Toptube with greater standover clearance; integrated rear rack for superior payload strength; tapered oversized headtube for improved stability; internal cabling system for non-obstructive riding; 29-inch wheels for improved stability; and an optional light-and-siren system from CycleSiren.

Safariland is offering a line of patrol-bike accessories that include Shimano pedals and shoes, Bell helmets, a hydration backpack system from Geigerrig, and bike tools from Blackburn.

Other accessories suited to bicycle patrol officers include lightweight Level II and IIIA armor from ABA and Second Chance, STX-finish holsters and slimline magazine pouches from Safariland, AccuMold and PatrolTek products from Bianchi, and batons from Monadnock.

New offerings include the Hatch Special Unit Bike Glove and Break Free Chain Lube. The entire line can be viewed at the Safariland/Kona Patrol Bike website.

Related:

Safariland/Kona Patrol Bike (video)

Walking the SHOT Show

Tags: Safariland, Bicycle Patrol

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Comments (2)

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Frank @ 5/16/2012 4:01 AM

The departments will only purchase this model if it comes equipped with the chrome bell on the handlebars.

J. Mata @ 7/8/2012 9:27 AM

The partnership between Kona and Safariland has reached and hit a new high mark for the patrol bike industry. New innovation and design.

With any and all new first generation designs and production models, the new end result will more than likely have a chink. What I noticed from viewng videos showing the Kona Patrol Bike, more than likely the chink might be nothing more than a cost issue than a design flaw. As we all know when trying to keep the cost factor down, it will have some negative effect on any new product or system to some extent. What I’m referring to is the kickstand.

The kickstand that’s mounted on the new Patrol Bike appears to be the same model and or type that is currently outfitted on some of the bicycles in my unit and other department bicycles that I’ve seen throughout the years. That kickstand design is to linier in relationship to the frame, in that it would not extend out diagonally, with any added length, to allow the officer to properly plant the bike utilizing a tactical dismount without the bike tipping over. For those officers that remember, take a closer look at the kickstand.

For bicycle patrol work, you really do need a kickstand that is strong, reliable and able to allow to operator to set and plant the bike for a tactical dismount when making contacts in the field. I haven’t had the opportunity to ride the new Kona Patrol Bike, so I would hope the kickstand is nothing more than a visual reflection of a poor design from another manufacturer and nothing more. Kona does manufacture great mountain bikes, mountain bikes that do not require kickstands only aggressive riders.

J. Mata

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