Daily Archives: 04/27/2018

Kona Adventure Team Pedal Packs to Whiskey 50

The Kona Adventure Team congregated in Phoenix on Tuesday night. When the sun came up on Wednesday morning they loaded up their HEI HEI‘s with the bike packing bags and headed north west to Prescott, AZ.

The goal was to get out of the PHX sprawl ASAP and take the Black Canyon Trail north to Prescott. The unrelenting heat took a toll on the boys and they had to alter their plans from mostly single track to mostly gravel roads. With no water out in the desert, the choice was an obvious one, if they wanted to survive.

Kerry Werner will be posting up a 3 Vlog series on this mission. The first is up below…

The next two will be posted as the team navigates the Fat tire crit on Friday night, off day Saturday, racing the Whiskey 50 on Sunday, then riding back to PHX (on more single track) over the course of Monday- Tuesday. Laughs will be had and suffering will be felt, but it’s always more enjoyable amongst friends.

Kona Dream Builds: Shut Up Jens – Michael’s Buttery Smooth Major Jake

Michael’s Major Jake was sitting in the BikeFlights.com booth at Sea Otter last week when we spotted it. The pure bling factor of this real deal CX racing machine meant that there was no way we were going to pass up shooting a photo-set for a Dream Build post. We asked Michael for the motivation for the build and some of his favorite parts. Scroll down for all the details and more photos of this super fast CX race bike.

“Shut UP Jens!” This bike was built with cyclocross racing specifically in mind – though it rips on gravel roads as well. The idea was to create a light race bike, without compromise of integrity or components. Starting with the 2018 Kona Major Jake (size 50cm), a full Shimano Ultegra 6800 hydraulic-brake drivetrain was added (except for a 105 front derailleur) and a Pioneer power meter crankset 46-36t. Thomson Masterpiece seat post to match a Thomson 100mm X4 steam. The bars are Easton EC90 SL carbon wrapper with ESI Silicone Aqua tape. The wheels are Industry Nine Classic road hubs laced to 45mm Enve tubular rims with Challenge Tires. What I love about this bike, aside from its look, is how it rides. The bike buttery smooth, fast, comfortable, and tears down descents like a mountain bike – I couldn’t be happier!