Words by Brice Minnigh
Photos by Sterling Lorence
It might not have gull-wing doors and a fiberglass underbody like the DeLorean from Back to the Future, but the iconic Kona Cinder Cone sure has come a long way since its inception in 1988. Watch as Matthew Slaven takes us from the Cinder Cone’s no-nonsense beginning all the way to the present—at the same time. This video will make you want to get out and ride.
Cinder Cone Time Machine from Kona Bikes on Vimeo.
Matthew Slaven gets to know himself a bit better during a moment of reflection in Maui.
Fully rigid and ripping like it was 1988, Matthew Slaven makes no excuses.
Sometimes Slaven struggles to keep up with himself.
It’s hard not to be pinned when you’re running pinner bars like the original Cinder Cone sported.
It’s amazing what a suspension fork and a pair of comparatively wide bars can do for one’s form.
A Lycra kit and an old-school helmet can keep you nice and cool when you’re shredding through a Maui banyan forest.
But forget the good old days…there’s no better time than the present.