- Sandvault partners with Kona on bikes. Kona is a Vancouver company founded in 1988 that believes strongly in the freedom and empowerment that bicycles allow. Kona and their staff are keen, active, impassioned cyclists making bicycles for people who love bikes – no matter if that love is new or long established. Kona launched the AfricaBike program in 2006 to use bike sales as a way to provide bikes to communities in need. In the last five years, over 2,500 bikes have been sent to Africa along with staff and volunteers to train the local communities to repair and maintain the bikes.