Daily Archives: 01/22/2019

Kerry Werner and Rebecca Fahringer Selected for USA CX Worlds Team

On Tuesday morning, Kona Shimano Maxxis Cycle Cross Team Riders Kerry Werner and Rebecca Fahringer were both (unsurprisingly) selected to represent USA at the CX Worlds in Bogense, Denmark. Both riders had standout seasons with Kerry finishing the USA season as the top-ranked US male in the UCI standings. Both riders are in Europe now racing at the tail end of the hotly contested  European CX season.

The CX Worlds will take place February 2-3 in Bogense, Denmark with the elite women racing Saturday and the elite men on Sunday.

Kona Dream Builds: Sandor’s 1993 Tom Teesdale Built Kona Hot

This bike belongs to Sándor Ambrus in the UK, it completes a trio of amazing retro Kona hardtails, his original 91 Kona Explosif that he’s had since new, and a recently completed Kona Hei Hei (more on that one later). As with all Tom Teesdale TET frames, it features its own unique serial number.

The bike was found for sale in the USA on one of the bike forums. I remember waking up, one early Sunday morning, checking my phone and staring at the two-tone frame from 1993 in disbelief. Then, after messaging the seller, getting up and running into the garage to see if the reported dimensions checked out with my 19” Explosif (since the seller had no idea of the exact size) then running back in before the sale passed. It was 19”.

It arrived in the UK with a variety of later 94 parts, including the velocity stem, fork (suspension corrected) and control center headset. The rear triangle was badly damaged. I knew the value of a Tom Teesdale frame was in it’s custom paint. After T-cutting the frame, a lot of the scratches came away, and I weighed up the decision whether to clear gloss coat lacquer over the badly chipped rear triangle to have the paint expertly filled in.

Reservations were that the red was not a normal fire-engine red but a pink-red with a lot of vibrancy. Upon advice, I took it to Ooey Customs in Hampshire, who paint a lot of team road race bikes. The match was spot on. I later found an old Cindercone and had the forks and stem repainted as well which is within the pics.

The components, I knew exactly what I wanted, which was the deliberate mix of Deore XT and M900 XTR parts in homage to the 93 Explosif. I love the Araya RM400 XC PRO, which match the frame, the Joe Murray Horseshoe and the Racelite Ti Bar which just adds further to the build. The hardest part was finding the factory spec Sugino Mighty XP Cranks completed with NOS Supershifter chainrings.

Since taking these photos, the build has developed further and now has new old stock Deore XT thumb shifters fitted, together with an original 93’ P2 fork and an original chrome velocity stem that the US Edition Kona Hots came with.

Frame: 1993 Kona Hot Tange Prestige with Ultrastrong Ribbed downtube
Handlebar: Kona 150 Titanium Racelight
Stem: Vetta Titanium SL
Headset: Kona Impact Headset
Cantilevered Brakes: Dia Compe 987s with Kool Stop pads
Brake levers: Ritchey Logic
Fork: Kona TB P2
Crankset: Sugino Mighty XP
Chainring: Sugino Supershifter
Front Derailleur: Shimano XT
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XTR M900
Brake Booster: Joe Murray Horse Shoe
Bottom Bracket: Shimano
Front wheel: XTR hub on Araya RM400 XC Pro, XTR Q/R
Rear wheel: XTR hub on Araya Rm400 XC Pro, XTR Q/R
Tires: Kona Mr Dirt / The Cleaner
Seatpost: 27.2 Shimano XTR
Seat: Vetta SL Ti
Pedals: Shimano M737s
Grips: Grab On Mountain 2

Say Hello to the 2019 Endurance and Adventure Team!

Guess who’s back? The Kona Endurance and Adventure Team! This four pack of distance/type-two/pain-loving cyclists plan to travel across every kind of terrain on multiple continents throughout 2019. In its third year, the Kona Endurance and Adventure team returns ready for some big days in the saddle. From lung-busting gravel grinds, mountain biking in places we may not have ever heard of, to a full season of Elite XC, gravel and marathon racing, they’re ready to dig in, ride hard, and capture all of the excitement they can find aboard two wheels.

The Endurance and Adventure team is made up of Kona veterans that know exactly what it takes to squeeze the most out of every single adventure. Team ringleader Barry Wicks is back with a full agenda of rides all across North America and the World accompanied by probable world record-holder Spencer Paxson, 24hr World Champ Cory Wallace, and the ever-keen-to-crush and party pumper Kris Sneddon. And be on the lookout for guest appearances by Kona Maxxis Shimano CX racers Kerry Werner and Rebecca Fahringer. Together they make up a crew that is champing at the bit to push the limits of where bikes can go, how hard they can be ridden, and how much fun is actually possible while inflicting what seems to mere mortals like some sort of self-inflicted punishment.

Oh the places they’ll go! They’ll cross the plains and race the Dirty Kanza, traverse BC’s best trails in the BC Bike Race, leave their marks in the Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder, spend days in the high alpine of the Trans Rockies and pay visits to the Epic Ride Series of events. In addition, they’ll be busy crossing many a mountain pass, bikepacking to locations that seem impossible to reach, racing the races that scare most people, and leaving dusty contrails in their wakes as often as possible. If it sounds like a challenge, these guys are up for it.

Barry Wicks

Barry Wicks

Cory Wallace

Cory Wallace Photo: Margus Riga

Spencer Paxson

Spencer Paxson

Kris Sneddon

Kris Sneddon


Stay tuned to the Cog and Kona Features for the latest on their travel shenanigans.

All photos by Patrick Means and Duncan Philpott