Here at Kona we are positive that Cory Wallace is actually a robot sent from the future to show us mere mortals that Type 2 fun is actually a good time and that we should all be pushing our bodies to their absolute limit.
Having just finished riding in Nepal and complete the Annapurna circuit in under 24hrs Cory headed to Israel with race partner, Danish ex-roadie Soren Nissen. The pair were there to take part in the 5th edition of the Samarathon Desert MTB Race, 240km of grueling shadeless desert racing.
After coming in second on the 19km prologue, the pair then went on to win the remaining 68km, 76km and 86km stages to take the overall win in a time of 9hrs and 51 minutes just 2 min 45 seconds ahead of second place. After 10 hours of racing, it’s clear the locals did not take it easy on Cory and Soren.
Boy do we have a special treat today, it’s a combined Ti Tuesday With Kona and a Kona Dream Build post. I think it’s safe to say that Teemu’s rig is one unique bike, I highly doubt there are any other Ti Raijins rocking drop bars and a lefty!
I cycle all year round. In Finland, seasonal variations are big, so I require my bikes to have the ability to transform. In the summer I especially like riding in the countryside along small sandy roads and singletrack. I wanted my bike to have a suspension fork to add a little comfort and the Cannondale Lefty was the only option.
I find cyclocross tires too narrow tires for my use, about three years ago i began dreaming of a building a wide-tire drop bar gravel bike. I started by trying to build a gravel bike on my old Cannondale F4000 frame, and of course with Lefty! It was a great bike. Armed with this success I knew I wanted to take the gravel bike to the next level and decided to get a Titanium frame.
I knew what I wanted and started a new gravel project. Finding the right frame and the Lefty fork kit took time. In June 2018, I finally found a suitable frame, a 2014 Ti Raijin and I was able to start the build. In August, I took it for its first test ride and I discovered that this is ’it’! My dreambuild.
The drive train consists of a SRAM X01 crankset and 11 speed rear derailleur.
Mounted to that seriously flared Salsa Woodchipper 2 bar you’ll find SRAM’s Force 22 hydraulic Brakes and shifter. The bars are wrapped in Brooks leather bar tape. And we simply can’t ignore that Cannondale Lefty PBR 90 fork with custom decals of course. The 30th-anniversary head badge and Chris King headset, keep things classy.
The wheels are Industry Nine Torch hubs laced to MCarbon (Nextie) rims. A set of 700 x 45C WTB Riddler tan walls complete the package.
Stopping comes courtesy of SRAM’s Force 22 brakes and a Hope floating disc rotor. Sixpack Racing’ Chopstix skewers keep the purple theme rolling.
Given it has drop bars, it should really follow the rules, luckily it does and the curtains match the drapes thanks to this rad Brooks Cambium C15 saddle.