Daily Archives: 05/13/2019

Kona Dream Builds: A Raijin Ti that’s sure to catch your Eye

If you are a fan of Titanium Hardtails, then brace yourself as this one is set to make you go weak at the knees!

This Raijin Ti 29er Singlespeed custom build was put together for one very lucky customer by the guys at the Kona Bike Shop in the U.K. Rich the mechanic there said that it was ‘built with love’ as he spent hours carefully slotting together the pieces of this pretty awesome puzzle. Only the finest parts were used and the result is most certainly an eye catcher.

Rich also mentioned that the customer wanted a lightweight, simple hardtail and that he was set on it on the Raijin as thanks to the sliding Dropouts, it allowed him to run it Singlespeed.

Ben Hazell | KONA COG
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Beautiful in it’s simplicity . . .
Ben Hazell | KONA COG The combination of Silver/Gold and Orange works so well
Ben Hazell | KONA COG The super Lightweight XC Focused Raijin Titanium
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Fox Factory 34’s provide some serious squish at the front end
Ben Hazell | KONA COG The golden Kashima coat ties in nicely with this colour theme
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Carbon Sram XO Crankset keeps the weight down
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Sliding Dropouts allow the Raijin to be set up Singlespeed without the need for a Chain Tensioner
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Orange Hope kit is plentiful on the Raijin, including V4 Brakeset & Pro4 Hubs
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Braided Hoses too for that extra stopping power
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Rotors that perfectly match up to the Hubs – perfection
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Maxxis Ikon Skinwalls not only look fantastic, but also keep the weight and rolling resistance to a minimum
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Kashima coated Fox Transfer Dropper Post looks well at home on this build
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Renthal Bar & Stem make up the cockpit
Ben Hazell | KONA COG

The Kona Gravity Team take on EWS Round Three in Madeira

Sven Martin Rhys Verner During the 3rd round of the 2019 Enduro World Series, Machico, Madeira.

Round three of the Enduro World Series took place over the weekend on the Portuguese island of Madeira. If you are not familiar with the name you would most definitely be familiar with views from this race.  Photos from the cliff top stage seven are (along with Tasmania’s rock gap) the poster children of the EWS’s image! Unless you live under a really large rock you should be familiar with the terrain. Insane orange dirt, dusty in the dry, terrifying in the wet. Luckily for the Kona Gravity Team of Miranda Miller and Rhys Verner (and all the other competitors), the event stayed dry, save for a drizzle on day two of practice, although the dry and dusty conditions presented some of their own challenges. The technical and often rocky trails were taking a beating from the 100+ riders, come race day, after two days of solid practice, they had become extremely physical.

Sven Martin Rhys Verner During the 3rd round of the 2019 Enduro World Series, Machico, Madeira.

After battling with injuries on and off last year Squamish, BC local Rhys Verner found the rhythm he’s been looking for this season and rode to a solid 24th place on stage one. Two more solid stage finishes on day one would see him secure 30th place after those first three stages.

“Smooth is fast was the name of the game for me today! It was a mixed bag of super rough and blown out stages today and they made for some tough racing! But I’m pretty pumped to be sitting 30th and I’m feeling really good for tomorrow.”

A disaster on stage four would force Rhys to drop back in the standings, But he’s using his recent EWS experiences  he stayed composed in the remaining stages and would land in 39th place after the weekends eight varied and challenging stages.

Sven Martin During the 3rd round of the 2019 Enduro World Series, Machico, Madeira.

Fellow Squamish, BC local Miranda Miller suffered a major concussion recently at the ProGRT DH race in Port Angeles and had only recently been given the all clear to be back on her bike. In fact, before departing for Madeira she had only been back riding Squamish’s technical trails for a week. You wouldn’t know it though, after day one, an 8th on stage one and a second place on stage two signalled that Miranda’s relaxed approach to this round was paying off. Unfortunately, a disaster on day two would undo her hard work. She’d finish off the last stage of the weekend with another second place. 

Sven Martin Miranda Miller during the 3rd round of the 2019 Enduro World Series, Machico, Madeira.

“I felt much more relaxed during this round, the expectation of a result gone. Any European round is often quite harder to navigate and feel confident at. Luckily Madeira went with more physical toughness opposed to technical toughness as some of the trails and conditions the island can offer are terrifying! Stage seven, the Queen Stage, was easily my favorite as you were assisted by gravity more so than the others. Unfortunately, by the time I got there, erosion was so bad that a section of trail had all but disappeared. It resulted in me getting my bike stuck in a fence and wrestling with it as the racer behind me caught and passed. It was very frustrating to throw the race away so quickly and at the end of four hard days of work. I was pretty much last on that stage and there was nothing I could do. I was able to use some of that frustrated energy to push ahead and finish 2nd on Stage 8. Two 2nd place stage finishes and many good moments I can be happy with my performance and look forward to being a bit stronger in round four.”

Sven Martin Miranda Miller during the 3rd round of the 2019 Enduro World Series, Machico, Madeira.


Hei Hei is named a Best “Downcountry” Bike

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

Say what you want about the term “downcountry,” but like most weird things in the bike industry it’s taking off with a bit of fervor. Bike Magazine has come up with a list of bikes that they think suit the moniker well, and the Hei Hei CR DL made the cut! To clarify, downcountry is considered a bike that has some XC roots but is definitely badass enough to take on burlier terrain. We think that describes the Hei Hei lineup well, and we’re happy Bike Mag agrees!

“The Hei Hei is build to tackle serious miles efficiently, but also comfortably. Rather than beat you to death with ‘pedaling efficiency,’ the Hei Hei is made to take some of the brunt of trail chatter to save you energy on long epics or on rougher trails. Or both, if that’s your cup of tea.” -Bike Magazine

You can check out the full article here. Ready to hop on a Hei Hei? Find your next bike here!

Kona Dream Builds: Rob’s Big Honzo CR Will Make You Mint with Envy

This post is a part of our Dream Build series. To start your own dream build, click here.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

Rob from Vedder Mountain Bike Co in BC’s, Fraser Valley has built this absolutely stunning and pretty damn blinging Big Honzo CR. Rob wanted the bike to showcase the new and current product in his store, and the Cane Creek Helm fork, NOBL wheels and SRAM AXS groupset and Reverb really are a testament to this.

“I have a trials background so use this bike a little around town hopping onto ledges and tables etc and having fun, but the trails on Vedder Mountain is where the bike really feels at home. “

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

The bling on the Big Honzo really kicks off with SRAM’s XX1 AXS drivetrain and AXS Reverb. The wireless system cleans up the bike, removing all but the bikes brake cables. NOBL’s single walled TR45 Plus rims are laced to Industry 9’s Torch hubs.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

Cane Creek’s 140mm Helm fork keeps things tracking true, while Schwalbe’s Nobby Nic (27.5×3.0) tires add a shit ton of traction.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

Braking is courtesy of Magura’s MT 1893 LE brakes, the special edition celebrate Magura’s 125th-year anniversary. The brakes are mounted to a Chromag BZA handlebar and stem, the cockpit is completed with ODI Float grips.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

The Magura 1893 LE brakes feature Magura’s powerful 4-Piston calipers. The build is rounded out with a Chromag Trailmaster Ltd saddle and Chromag scarab pedals and then wrapped with one of Ridewrap’s tailored protection kits