Daily Archives: 03/07/2019

The White Dirt called Snow

Words by Kona Ambassador Markus Zieher.

Freeriding in an area which is normally not rideable but smoothed by tons of snow? It makes more sense with skis but let’s try it with the bike.

Together with photographer Christian Frumolt I travelled down south to check out a cool area in Graubuenden, Switzerland close to the Berninapass. Chris knew that place from a Photo trip he did a year ago. With the idea to ride some freeride lines I brought my Operator for this trip to the high alpine mountains.

We were on our way to the zone after an early wake up alarm. As we stepped out of the car we got freshed up by a heavy wind. With the rising sun the wind calmed down a bit and we started to shoot. The warm days, the wind and the cold nights packed the snow well, which helped alot to make it possible to ride down on top of this deep snow.

The hard surface was grippy but at the same time it was tricky not to catch some soft spots and get thrown over the handlebars. A few hours later the sun was high up and we called it for that morning session.

After a short Coffee to warm up we drove to the next spot. There is this red train which winds its way through the mountains. It´s called the Bernina express. We wanted to get a shot together with the train. After we checked the timetable we had a time window for when the train would come.

It was a mean waiting game with the heavy cold wind and the below-freezing temperatures. Chris and I were freezing cold and I wanted to quit… but Chris was sure that the train would come the next minute. And so it was. I rushed back and rode down. In the end the shot came together.

The next day we went skiing on that white stuff and enjoyed another facet of the winter.

Kona Dream Builds: Mikey’s Not Quite a Process Satori

We haven’t seen a whole bunch of Satori Dream Builds, mostly because we don’t sell the Satori as a frame only, but as Mikey Spear from Halcyon Bike worked out, the base model is essentially a blank canvas and his build is one serious work of art.

I was so torn on which way to go when I started this years bike build.  My riding is split between my hardtail on local trails and a full suspension mainly used for all day Appalachian excursions.  I wanted the shred of the Process but with the climbing characteristics of the Hei Hei.  It was in the middle of my months long internal struggle on which way to go that the Satori was released and I knew right away that was the bike for me.

Knowing I wanted to build it my way but with no frameset option I opted to buy the base level Satori complete bike and stripped it down to the frame.  Starting with the suspension I called up one of my buddies at Cane Creek and got a Helm Air fork, DB Air CS rear shock, and a 40 series headset.  I left the fork at its stock 150mm for just a little more party.  Next I moved to the wheels,  Continuing the made in the USA theme I laced up a set of Velocity Blunt SS rims to Industry Nine Classic hubs with DT Swiss Competition spokes.  I wrapped the wheels in Schwalbe Hans Damp 2.35 rubber. 

The drivetrain is a little bit of a Sram Eagle hodgepodge.  GX shifter, XO rear derailleur, XO cassette, and XX crankset.  Sram Guide RSC brakes handle the stopping with a 180mm rotor in front and a 160mm rotor in back. I had the Race Face Kash Money Atlas bar laying around just begging to go on something for the past year so I figured now was its time to shine.  The Industry Nine A35 is on clamping duty and a sweet SDG Duster saddle sits on top of a Rockshox reverb to round out the cockpit.