Daily Archives: 08/14/2018

Finding Remote with Graham Agassiz and Matt Stevens

Finding Remote

Your escape. Your secret stash. Your remote. The place you long to be all week, and can’t wait to head out to, even if just for the day. The Kona Remote is the bike to get you there.

What exactly is remote? Well that’s really up to you. For Kona Gravity team rider Graham Agassiz and Kona Canada’s resident fishing enthusiast Matt Stevens, that thing is fly fishing. So, they made a plan, packed up their Remotes, and converged in Lytton, British Columbia to head to their own secret stash. Prepped with fishing and camping gear, Matt’s fishing kayak, and Aggy’s dog Autumn, they headed straight for the goods.

Find Your Remote

Whether you’re a fisherman, an outdoorsman, or a recreational enthusiast, the Remote can take you where you want to go and get you there quickly. It’s a capable mountain bike with Bosch’s top end Performance Line CX pedal assist system. We equipped the Remote with Bosch’s compact Intuvia display, high capacity 500 watt Power Pack, and a re-keyable Abus Plus battery lock.

With the made-in-the-USA Old Man Mountain rack, you can add accessories to carry just about anything you can think of. The wide range SRAM 1×11 drivetrain and Level T brakes ensure you’ll be happy going both uphill or down. The Remote is an access tool, adaptable to your needs. Swing a leg over one, and find your remote.

The Remote is one of three Bosch-equipped pedal assist bikes in the Kona lineup this year. Get the details on the Remote from Kona Product Manager Trevor Porter:

Kona Remote – North America


Kona Remote – Europe


Head to Konaworld.com for all the details on the Remote.

Check out the Teaser for Blackburn’s new film Ocean

Inspired by the 71% of the planet covered by water, Blackburn Design has created WATER CYCLE, a new film project. The project follows different people who use a bicycle to help them further explore their relationship with water, in all its forms.

Chapter 2: Ocean — Surf By Bike
In the second chapter, OCEAN, we follow Ashley Llyod Thompson, a surf shaper from Santa Cruz, California. Ashley took time away from her shaping studio to travel with her husband and son to Mexico in search of quiet surf breaks. Many of the best breaks are tough to access and aren’t on any map. Kona Wozo fat bikes made the most sense to enjoy these secret places. Along the way, she found some beautiful quiet moments with the ocean and with her family. These are the simple joys that life on a bike can bring.
Ashley has been an avid surfer since she was a child, eventually turning her passion into a career shaping surfboards and teaching new riders. As she became closer to her craft and the ocean around her, she adopted an emphasis on sustainable building practices that respected both her ability to ride huge waves and desire to do as little harm as possible to the planet.

Our fragile oceans sustain life on our planet, but increasingly, they are polluted with plastic waste. This waste can range from single-use plastic products like cup lids, and take out bags, to microscopic particulates that kill fish and foul beaches. Protecting our oceans is important to Blackburn and so for this project we’ve partnered with Sustainable Surf to bring attention to the continued need to be stewards of our oceans. If this is something that resonates with you, consider becoming involved with one of Sustainable Surfs initiatives.

OCEAN was directed by Nicole Mackinlay Hahn. Mackinlay Hahn grew up in New York, where she worked at for the family business on Fire Island National Seashore. Curious, adventurous, and with a drive for honesty, she began making films in 8th grade using her brother’s pixelvision camera. Since then, she has collaborated on projects throughout the US, Africa, and the UK.

Brian Vernor, a noted filmmaker and photographer, is provided art direction for the film. Brian has long been a Blackburn collaborator and will be making certain that each story in the project has a distinct point of view, while still holding close to the overall theme and vision.
Ocean was produced by Robin Sansom, a long time Blackburn collaborator and a principal of Offsite Studios, a brand and content agency.
Chris McNally returned for the second chapter of Water Cycle by providing the amazing illustrations.

Connor Fearon Races the US Open and MSA Back to Back

Its been a busy last couple of weeks for Connor Fearon. After resting up in Bromont with Kona Gravity Team Manager Mathieu Dupelle, Connor, teammate Anthony Poulson and Quebec Junior Tristan Lemire hopped over the border to take part in the US Open in Killington Vermont, then just a week later they would be back in Canada for round six of the DH World Cup at legendary venue Mont St. Anne. Things haven’t let up for Connor though, he’s now on the ground in Whistler for Crankworx where he’ll be taking part in select events over the week. We will be bringing you all the updates from our athletes at Crankworx so stay tuned to Kona’s Instagram and right here on the Cog. In the meantime check out Connors reports from the US Open and MSA below.

Connor Fearon while he still had a front brake. Photo: Andrew Santoro

Breaking Away – US Open Report

The US Open has been a big race since 2003. I remember the days when I was really young reading about it in magazines and seeing it in classic Clay Porter videos. So I was really stoked we could fit it in our schedule this year and make the trip over the border to the US. The race was held at Killington Resort in Vermont, I had only heard good things about this bike park and it didn’t let me down.

Tristan Lemire leaning it it in. Photo: Andrew Santoro

The course was pretty old school, it was pretty much a completely new track with really technical wood sections covered in roots and rock gardens. It was really important to pick your lines well and just keep momentum, definitely a change of style from all the World Cups I’ve been racing this year. It was raining pretty much every day and the track didn’t cope with that well since it was so soft still.

Young Tristan Lemire is having a killer season racking up podiums everywhere he goes. Watch This Kid! Photo: Andrew Santoro

Practice and qualifying all went well. The condition of the track got worse and worse which made it pretty fun to ride. Some of the root sections where so hard to ride and it was a battle just to keep moving forward on the track. I qualified 2nd behind Neko and had a few ideas on how to go faster the next day for the finals.
It rained heavily all Friday night and by the time the elite men raced on Saturday afternoon the track was destroyed. My run was going well until I washed out on a rocky corner about halfway down. I wasn’t stressed because I knew the times would be so spread out I knew I could still get a good result… Until I got back on my bike and realized my front brake lever had snapped off in the crash. I kept riding, but it was so sketchy trying to ride the slippery seep sections with only one brake. I finished in 10th which was good considering the crashed and only have a rear brake but I really wanted to do better! I’ll be back next year for sure.

Cold Mountain – MSA world cup

I’ve always had a tough time at Mont St Anne. I’ve got flat tires in my race, crashes and I’ve missed it because of injury on two separate occasions. I was confident I would turn my luck around for this year, my goal was to get a top 10, something I have never done at Mont St Anne.

First up we had track walk on Wednesday. It was classic MSA top to bottom – super fast and rough, albeit with one new section in the woods which was good to see. There didn’t seem to have been that much track maintenance happening because there were loose boulders and water ruts all the way down the track.

Thursday came around which was the first day of practice. It started raining really heavily for group A practice. It was super muddy and pretty slow for our practice and timed training runs. Half of practice was also canceled due to the lift being closed because of lightning so most riders got only three runs in. Conditions were a little better for qualifying on Friday. I was feeling good on the bike but got a flat tire in the first half of my run. It was my fault because I went off line and destroyed my wheel on a rock causing the tubeless tire to lose all the air. This was pretty disappointing because I really needed some points for the overall as the top 10 is really tight and there is only one more race to go after MSA.

Saturday was race day and the sun was out. The track was drying rapidly and looked to be running really fast for finals. I was confident in the start gate and everything felt good. My run was really smooth and I made no mistakes. I’d never felt this good riding here. Usually, I get really bad arm pump and fatigue towards the bottom, this time I hardly felt tired at all. In the end, I finished 15th which was a bit disappointing, I knew I just didn’t push hard enough. It was one of those races where I wish I could do my run again because I knew I left a lot of time on the hill, but that’s how it goes sometimes!

Next year Mont St Anne is hosting world champs so I’m not going to make the same mistake then!


Ti Tuesday: Mathias’ Hei Hei is all Grown Up

Not many Ti builds start with a light, but Mathias’ stunning 1994 Hei Hei did, and when we reached out to him to get the entire story on the build he was more than forthcoming. In fact, he was so forthcoming that my presence here is completely redundant! I’ll let Mathais take it from here.

Here is my bike. It’s a fully custom 1994 Kona Hei Hei. A monster cross 26″ titanium adventure bike with dynamo headlight, wide Compass tires, a Chris King symphony in the back and a super comfortable Selle Anatomica seat, drop bar and Velo Orange Cigne stem.

I wanted to make a light bikepacking bike for tours around Denmark with my girlfriend (she is riding a Kona Lava Dome from ’96) and as a vintage MTB collector, it did not take long before I decided to try a complete rebuild of my highly treasured Kona Hei Hei. Actually, it all started with the idea to put a dynamo front light on the bike. So I found the Edelux front light. Then I found a bright and silver Son 28 dynamo front hub. Then some Weinmann Tattoo rims came along. Then an equally shining Chris King rear hub and so on and so on. Suddenly it was a whole new and different bike. I am pretty happy how it turned out.

In the vintage MTB community, some people are quite conservative when it comes to the rebuilding of old MTB kings like the Hei Hei. The idea here is that as a vintage MTB collector your duty is to rebuild bikes as close to the original as possible. It is amazing to see how much time, effort and money these guys put into their projects. But I wanted to make a bike that was ridable for me and not just one that would work well on a photo. So I broke all the rules. Oversize drop bar, 10 speed, carbon Campagnolo Record brake levers, front rack, slick tyres, heavy dynamo hub, front light and a big leather saddle. I have been dreaming of a Kona Hei Hei ever since I first saw it on the streets of Copenhagen back in the 1990’s and now I have one! But just like me, this bike has matured a bit since it left the factory back in 1994.

full spec list:

Frame: Kona Hei Hei Titanium
Handlebar: Salsa Cowchipper
Stem: Velo Orange Cigne LD
Headset: Chris King
Brakes: XTR M950 + Problem Solver
Brake levers: Campagnolo Record
Fork: No-name
Crankset: XTR M950
Chainring: Oval
Front wheel: Son 28 dynamo hub on Tattoo rim
Rear wheel: Chris King Classic hub on Tattoo rim
Front light: Edelux
Tires: Compass Rat Trap Pass 26″ 2,3
Seatpost: Syncros
Seat: Selle Anatomica
Front rack: Velo Orange
Pedals: Suntour XC

The All-New Kona Libre Has Arrived

One Bike, All Surfaces
Good things come to those who wait. If road biking were to dream up a version of itself that was capable of not only smashing distance on pavement, but also excel at actual trail riding, it would fall in love with the Libre. A combination of the Sutra and Rove bikes, we put versatility at the top of the priority list. Light and fast are the motto with carbon frames, wheel size interchangeability, and two specs that are aimed to perform. No matter the distance or terrain, the libre is the answer.

Want to check out the Libre in action? Head over to our brand new stories section on KonaWorld.com and follow 24hr Solo World Solo 24 MTB Champ Cory Wallace in his first ever Dirty Kanza 200mile gravel race.

Libre DL
The Libre DL is the ultimate adventure machine. Our Race Light Carbon frame, new Kona Verso Carbon Touring fork, Easton EA70AX wheels, and SRAM Force 1 components make this thing a rocket ship on any kind of hill. And by any hill, we mean that: gravel grind, monster singletrack climb, or a weekend haul over a mountain pass. The Libre DL knows no limits.

The Libre is the result of years of dreaming up the ultimate carbon dream machine. It’s part road bike, part mountain bike, part gravel grinder, and entirely badass. A Shimano 105 2×11 drivetrain ensures maximum gear range, while WTB 650b tubeless ready wheels provide ample clearance for your favorite tires. Our new Kona Verso Carbon Touring fork is one of the only carbon forks on the market that allows for multiple rack and fender mounting options.