Daily Archives: 07/25/2018

Kona Dream Builds: Jake’s Hand Built One Of a Kind Humuhauler

Normally here on the Kona Dream Builds page we feature some pretty cool custom builds, occasionally people get carried away and do a custom paint job. Today though, we have something truly special.  Meet the Humuhauler, an absolutely stunning one of a kind Humu cargo bike hand built in Portland by Jake Ryde at Fiets of Strength.

My name is Jake Ryder and I’ve been making custom bicycles in the Pacific Northwest for the last 15 years or so. I think Bicycles are fun in all shapes and sizes and I’m fortunate to have a fabrication studio where I can “experiment”. Making custom cargo bike conversions for people has been the more “practical” expression of my experiments. I call them Fiets of Strength.

I’ve been attracted to the good vibes and tasteful irreverence of Kona for a long time and had my eye on the Humuhumu for a number of years. It struck me as the perfect platform to springboard off of. And so the “Humuhauler” was born. It was a side project I slowly pieced together, mostly because I just wanted one to exist, and knew it would be awesome. I kept as close to the original Humuhumu styling as I could keep the stock bars, stem, and signature double top tube, though I did upgrade the drivetrain because gears are nice when hauling cargo. I just barely finished the bike in time for a group gravel cargo box rode it with a flatbed setup. I’ve since made a solid kid-carrying cargo box with a removable bench seat to make it the ultimate cargo hauler.

Jake’s custom HumuHauler is for sale! Click here for more info!

Leah Maunsell secures second place at EWS in La Thuile, Italy

Day one was a tough day in the saddle. Weather conditions forced the stages to run in reverse order. Trail conditions had changed massively since practice so it was hectic trying to find grip. I had a pretty messy day with lots of silly mistakes and minor crashes and one tight transition time which resulted in a time penalty (on stage two).

I wasn’t shocked at my mistakes and lack of fitness considering my lack of bike time over the last nine months due to my final school exams. I didn’t have many expectations coming into this race and after day one to be sitting in second place I was happy. I was hoping to maintain that position throughout the weekend.

Although it didn’t rain too much more day two also took a different direction than originally planned, but it made for a more exciting days racing. I was ready to get stuck in and was beginning to feel happier with how I was riding. Unfortunately, on stage four I collided with a rock and hit my right hand fairly hard and did some damage to three of my fingers. It was a struggle to hold on for the rest of the day but adrenaline and a bit of tape got me through! Right now I am waiting to get them X-Rayed as they are potentially broken but hopefully not.

At this stage in the day I was just concentrating on consolidating my second place position and riding fast and smooth to get both my bike and body to the finish in one piece and that we did!

It was my first big race of the season and my first on the new Process 153DL and I’m happy to say that we made it into second overall! I had forgotten how brutally tough these EWS races are, or as everyone seems to be saying lately “character building”. I have learned a lot this weekend and I am looking forward to some time at home to prepare for the remainder of the season.

Leah’s brother Jonathan also raced at the La Thuile EWS round finishing 131st in the trying conditions.

Werner Hits US Mountain Bike Nationals

Three days after BC Bike Race ended Kerry took a “red eye” home to the east coast. He spent Tuesday being a zombie. On Wednesday he drove 5hrs to Snowshoe, WV for the 2018 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Nationals.

He spent the week watching sunsets from high up on Snowshoe Mountain, scoping out the course, and trying to catch up on sleep.


You can watch how it all played out on Kerry’s Vlog!

Next up for Kery is a cyclocross camp. He will be hosting a skills camp in the mountains of western NC to help those who are aware that #crossiscoming and want to get a jump on sharpening the axes!

Make Hard Easy – The All New Big Honzo

It all started 30 years ago with a hardtail. We think it’s fitting that we continue to innovate what a hardtail can be. The Honzo changed the game for modern hardtails when it came out. Over the years it’s been refined and tweaked. All of the things that you expect from the original Honzo have been preserved in the Big Honzo, with some added flexibility. The Big Honzo allows you to run up to a 27.5 x 3.0the or 2.6 x 29 tire, has 130mm of front suspension, and comes in 3 frame materials (carbon, aluminum or steel). This is the bike for people who demand a flexible setup for rallying their local trails one day and loading up for a multi-day bike packing trip the next. The original Honzo was ahead of its time. The Big Honzo has arrived just in time.


2019 Big Honzo CR DL

The top of the heap. The Big Honzo carbon deluxe is our premium Big Honzo. Lighter than steel, more responsive than aluminum, the CR/DL gives a dialed ride feel and saves a little weight. The carbon Big Honzos are also the only Big Honzos with two bottle cage mounts. RockShox Pike RC, SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain, and RockShox Reverb dropper post all come stock.

2019 Big Honzo CR

Sporting the same carbon frame as the CR DL, the Big Honzo CR comes stock with a RockShox Revelation RC fork, SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain, SRAM Guide-T brakes, and a RockShox Reverb dropper.

2019 Big Honzo ST

We had to make one in steel. Long praised for its ride feel and longevity, the steel Big Honzo brings together all of our favorite things about the Honzo lineup, including adjustable dropouts. The Big Honzo ST comes stock with a RockShox Revelation RC fork, SRAM NX drivetrain and Guide-T Brakes, and a RockShox Reverb dropper. 

2019 Big Honzo DL

Want a Big Honzo but don’t need to spend the money on carbon, or don’t need the adjustable dropouts of the steel version? The Big Honzo DL hits the sweet spot in performance versus price. It comes stock with a RockShox Sektor RL fork, SRAM NX drivetrain, and a Trans-X dropper.

2019 Big Honzo

With a similar frame as the Big Honzo DL, the base level Big Honzo has a more economical build but still sports a RockShox Recon RL fork, SRAM NX drivetrain, and a Trans-X dropper post.

With so many options there’s a Big Honzo for every rider. Which Big Honzo are you most excited about?