Daily Archives: 05/07/2019

Connor Fearon Rides Honzo CR to Enduro Win

Over the weekend in Adelaide, South Australia, Gravity SA hosted a round of their 2019 Enduro Series and Kona Gravity Rider Connor Fearon showed up, but not on a Process as many would except, but on his carbon Honzo. He rode the aggressive carbon hardtail all the way to the top of the of the podium and beat long-time friend and rival Troy Brosnon.

We hit up Connor to find out exactly why he choose to race the Honzo, if there were any advantages or disadvantages and if he’d do it again.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

Is this the first time you’ve raced a gravity event on your Honzo CR?

Yes, this was the first time I’ve raced my Honzo at an enduro event! I’ve raced the tracks at Fox Creek in Adelaide a lot of times over the years so I wanted to change things up and even the playing field with my friends who aren’t professional riders.

How long have you had the Honzo, what do you normally use it for?

I’ve had that Honzo CR for a year or more now, but I had a steel one before that which was sweet as well. I ride my Process bikes every day and sometimes I’m just bored of riding the same terrain so I grab the Honzo to change it up a bit. I mostly like riding it on tracks with jumps and flow.

Could you have pushed it more? Did you find the Honzo’s limits?

Yeah, there are a few spots I could have ridden the Honzo faster for sure. I hadn’t actually ridden the bike for a few months so I wasn’t that used to it. If I had more time on it I could go faster for sure.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

Did you know you were in the lead at all during the day?

No, I didn’t know I was leading, but after the first couple of stages, I realized just how fast the bike could actually be. I honestly thought I would be battling for a mid-pack finish but pretty quickly I realized I was at no disadvantage!

Can you see yourself racing it again?

Lots of people think I’m racing a cross country bike but the Honzo is nothing like that. It’s built for going downhill and it was really fast. I think for a lot of the sections the Honzo was faster. It really opened my eyes to what a good hardtail is capable of.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

Ready to buy your next hardtail race steed? Check out the full Honzo lineup here.

In Light We Trust

Words and photos by Kona Ambassador Riley Seebeck.

As winter comes to a close, my job as a photographer becomes more difficult. I have developed a style for the dark, dankness of the PNW. Light encompasses all that is photography and becoming a master at capturing light is an eternal journey. Through the human eye, light looks brilliant pretty much any way you look at it however, the lens of the camera sees a much more different picture.

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG Complete underexposure, pocketing a little patch of light where the rider was lit up. I created a dark background through underexposure so that he was the only properly exposed subject.

My biggest challenge as a professional photographer has been getting myself to adjust for harsh conditions in the woods, to master this elusive image in my head. Often light looks really great coming through the trees but will cause the camera to darken a lot of the shadows so your subject is black and vice versa. This has been an eternal goal for me to face as I have been trying to figure it out for years now.

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG Sunset is easily my favorite light to shoot with its rich and powerful glow as if the sun was trying to say goodnight while giving it’s all. Expressing its sheer magnitude of power, piercing through mile thick clouds reminding us whose actually in control.
Lacy Kemp | KONA COG Sometimes light works in my favor in the middle of the day when conditions couldn’t be any worse!

My techniques for capturing light amongst the thick PNW woods has been an artistic process. Often I feel the highlight is the priority which gives the photo a more dramatic look with darker shadows and often leaving the viewer curious for what’s behind the shadows. This I hope leads the viewer to use a bit of their imagination.

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

As I continue this journey through the light it often guides me while directing my eye to perspectives I normally wouldn’t see. I hope that you as a reader are able to appreciate the light on the same level I see it. It often brings me lots of excitement and joy to see it breaking through the fog in the early morning. I cannot express enough how in love I am with the surrounds here in Washington. Every day this state inspires me, drives me to get out and instills trust that life is a wonderful journey where change is always a constant.

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

Kona Dream Builds: Ben’s Peruvian-Ready Sutra Ltd

Morgan Taylor

Morgan Taylor has just posted up a fantastic look at that Sutra Ltd that Ben Johnson took to Peru or his inaugural bike packing adventure.

“When most people think, ‘I’d like to take on my first bikepacking trip,’ they don’t think of going to the Peruvian Andes. Well, most people aren’t my friend Ben Johnson. Ben’s a filmmaker and a storyteller, and once an idea gets into his head, it’s hard to shake him of it.”

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

Morgan played an integral role in helping equip Ben (a self-confessed amateur backpacker) and his bike for this massively ambitious and adventurous trip, his in-depth post is well worth checking out if you are at all bikepacking curious.

You can find the full bike check over on the Radavist here.