Daily Archives: 06/04/2018

Lucky #13

We’re bucking tradition with this week’s race result. Kona ripper Connor Fearon finished his Fort William weekend with a great performance landing in 13th place, moving him into protected status for next week’s race in Leogang. Connor was just 1.5 seconds off of the podium in a super tight race.

“I was pretty happy with the way I rode for FortWilliamm. 13th doesn’t sound like an outstanding result but I just got unlucky being just behind a whole bunch of guys on the same second. Just 1.5 seconds faster and I would have been on the podium. It’s crazy to think it comes down to that after over four and a half minutes of high-speed rock smashing. I was really happy with the way the new 29er rode. After the weekend I’m 15th overall which should mean I’m back being protected which is a relief.” -Connor Fearon

Tegan Malloy finished the weekend in 16th place and put on a jump clinic for the spectators. All in all it was a solid weekend for the Kona crew! Stay tuned for updates from Leogang as the week progreses!

Kona Dream Build: Brendan’s Shred 24 Orange Rocket

This week’s dream build may be a 24″ kids bike, but the amazing spec list and well thought out build would make many full-sized adult rider green with envy. Andy, Brendan’s dad, set out to build Brendon a 22 pound 24″ race bike. He’d narrowed it down to the Shred and another bike but the Kona won out for a number of reasons. The fact that it was designed around 165mm cranks was one, the fact that Kona was founded in Canada was number two (Brendan lives in Ontario), the slightly relaxed head tube angle and finally, the color and graphics made the decision a no-brainer (It matches his sponsor Bike Zone’s perfectly.)

Brendan is 4’4″ (132cm) tall and weighs in at 64lbs (29kgs). The final weight of his race-ready Shred 24 tipped the scales at 22lbs 4oz (10kgs) read on for all the build details.

For the drivetrain, there is a lot of Canadian love with a 165mm Race Face SixC carbon crankset connected to a Race Face Cinch bb and 32t & 30t narrow-wide chainrings, depending upon each race course.

The cockpit sees even more love for the maple leaf with a Race Face Next Carbon Handlebar, cut to 640mm, a Race Face Next Carbon Stem, 70mm, -6 degree rise. It’s all rounded off with ODI Troy Lee Designs grips, color matched of course.

Brendan’s wheels are Stan’s Crest MkIII’s in 24″, they feature convertible hubs and are currently set up 10×135 rear and 9×100 front.
Schwalbe’s Rocket Ron 24” Tires are set up tubeless with 18 psi up front and 20 psi out the back.

The bike runs RST’s F1rst Air 24 fork up front at features a remote lockout and 65mm travel.

Oh, and some classic Shimano XT clipless pedals, transfer the power via that bling gold KMC X11SL chain to the Shimano XT 1×11 rear derailleur.