After a bit of an unscheduled hiatus, Kona Dream Builds are back. We are kicking things off with a 2016 Hei Hei Trail DL from Germany. In fact, it’s Rock Dog Cycles owner Stefan’s personal rig.
He’s had it since it first arrived in his shop back in April 2016 and he’s been slowly customizing it ever since, this first upgrade was immediate, replacing the bikes rigid post by adding a KS Integra dropper post to the mix.
Next up Stefan added a fresh new wheelset, Halo Vapor rims laced to a set of classic Hope Evo Pro4 hubs.
More Hope bits have been added in the way of Hope super sexy CNC’d crankset and a set of Hope Tech3 E4 Brakes with 200/180 rotors.
Rounding out Stefan’s customization of the Hei Hei Trail DL is a Sixpack Racing Millennium Carbon handlebar and a Raceface Atlas Stem.
Cory Wallace never seems to slow down. Last weekend was no exception as the Canadian super athlete went back to back with two huge events: the Spakuwas 50 in Squamish and the Ghost of the Gravel in Alberta. The Squamish race had Cory hammering on his Honzo, while the gravel grind had him leading the pack aboard his Libre.
Luck wasn’t on Cory’s side as someone stole course markings for Saturday’s race and he lost over nine minutes wandering around off course. He managed to drop the hammer, though, and claw all the way back to a second place in spite of the mishap.
After the Squamish event he flew straight to Calgary where he slept just enough before the start of the 118KM Ghost of Gravel race in Alberta. Again, luck wasn’t on Cory’s side as a slow leak in his tire kept him constantly refilling with CO2. In spite of all of the tire issues, he still managed a second-place finish that day as well.
Cory’s goal is to win both events in the same weekend, and with any stroke of good luck, next year will be his year. You can read about all of the crazy details in Cory’s race report.
Leah Maunsell has repeated her title as Irish National Enduro Champion. We are beyond proud of the talent and hard work she continues to show! Congrats, Leah!
“This weekend was the Irish National Enduro Champs in Ravensdale. There is always so much at stake at this race with only 5 stages to determine who would come out on top. It was certainly not going to be an easy battle for that top step.
The classic Irish wet weather threatened to come all weekend so it was not only a race against the clock but also a race against the forecast. Luckily the rain held off and we got to race in relatively dry conditions.
Although it didn’t rain over the weekend, conditions were still quite slippy due to the wet week we had leading up to the race. The stages were quite fast so any mistakes were going to be costly. With that in mind my aim was to have a smooth race with no major mistakes. I had a fairly consistent day so I was excited to see how I got on but I knew the times were going to be tight and it was going to be all to play for.
They withheld our results until the podium so the nerves and suspense were building. It was such a relief when they called out my name for P1. I am so proud to run the Irish sleeve for another season and I can’t wait to wear it abroad for the remaining EWS season.
I would like to thank Kona Bikes greatly for all their continued support and the amazing Process 153 CR/DL 29 which I am absolutely loving this season!” -Leah Maunsell