Daily Archives: 03/18/2019

Kona at Crankworx Rotorua

Crankworx Rotorua kicks off TODAY in New Zealand, marking the official start to the 2019 season. We have finally dug ourselves out from piles of snow here in the PNW, our wheels are back on dirt, and we’re all excited to watch our newly minted gravity/enduro team kick off their season!

Here’s a complete list of our Kona team riders and their schedules, as well as a few other folks we think are worth watching this week. All times are listed in Pacific Standard Time

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

Connor Fearon

  • Downhill – Thursday, March 21st: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Enduro – Saturday, March 23rd: 12:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Whip off – Wednesday, March 20th 11:30pm – 1:00am
Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

Miranda Miller

  • Enduro- Saturday, March 23rd: 12:00pm-9:30pm
  • Air DH – Tuesday, March 19th: 19:30pm – 21:30pm
Caleb Smith | KONA COG

Rhys Verner

  • Enduro- Saturday, March 23rd: 12:00pm-9:30pm
Lacy Kemp | KONA COG Shelly Flood

Shelly Flood

  • Enduro – Saturday, March 23rd: 12:00pm-9:30pm
Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

Caleb Holonko

  • Pumptrack- Thursday, March 21st: 23:30pm – Friday, March 22nd: 1:30am
  • Speed and Style: Wednesday, March 20th: 9:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Whip off: Wednesday, March 20th 11:30pm – 1:00am

Ones to watch:

  • Alexander Kangas– Enduro – Saturday, March 23rd: 12:00pm-9:30pm
  • Jai Motherwall – Speed and Style- Wednesday, March 20th: 9:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Jackson Frew- Downhill- Thursday, March 21st: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Stay tuned to the our social media channels throughout the week for updates and results!

Kona Facebook // Kona Instagram

Shadow Boxing with Kate’s Operator CR

Kona Ambassador Kate Meyer is no stranger to ripping DH laps. The Bend, Oregon racer has been turning the heads of photographers with her effortless style and aggressive riding for years. We are thrilled to have Kate riding an Operator CR this year because we know she’ll do it justice. Kate recently paired up with Bend photographer Trevor Lyden to show off her gorgeous Dream Build.

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

I’ve had my eyes on the Operator for some time now, but at 5’4” I was worried the medium frame would be too big for me. I decided to just go for it and create my dream build.

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

The 2019 Operator CR comes specced with 29″ wheels but can be converted to 27.5” thanks to chainstay adjustment and a flip-chip on the rocker link. So I had some Spank 350 Vibrocore hoops built up with Hope Tech Pro 4 DH hubs and switched over to a Fox Factory 40 27.5” fork.

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG
Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

I set the eccentric headset cups to the backward position to minimize the reach and swapped the stem out for a 40mm Hope Tech stem.

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

 I added the sexy PNW Components Range handlebar and the tried and true Hope Tech 3 V4 brakes with 200mm floating rotors (in all black, of course)

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG
Lacy Kemp | KONA COG
Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

I’m trying out some Panaracer tires and always have my CushCore tire inserts. And the cherry on top… a Wu-Tang sticker to remind me to always keep it gangster.

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG
Lacy Kemp | KONA COG
Lacy Kemp | KONA COG