Daily Archives: 07/23/2019

Kona Dream Builds: Keith’s Dual Duty Libre DL

We found Keith’s bike on Instagram (he used the #KonaDreamBuilds hashtag) just after he’d ridden this years Dirty Kanza 100 on it with zero flats. It seemed Keith was gushing about his Libre and it was clear from his post that he really got this bike. A fully capable gravel race bike one day and a lightweight full carbon bike packing rig the next. We asked Keith for a bit more build info and just how he set it up for the two applications. Check out some of the bikes cooler details and Keith’s response below.

Keith Lipski

I built the bike to do dual duties – first as a gravel race bike and second as a touring / bikepacking rig.  I built it in time to race the DK 100 this year, which was essentially a training ride for the Day Across Minnesota in August.  To that end, I wanted to make sure I had tire clearance to fit at least a 700×40 or larger and the Schwalbe G-One Allround fit just great and set up tubeless on these Mason x Hunt 4 Season Wheels very easily.  I had zero flats at DK, a race notorious for them. 

Keith Lipski

I’m a bigger dude, so I wanted to make sure that I had enough gearing for when the gravel gets steep or when I’m fully loaded down, so I combined an FSA Energy subcompact crankset with an Ultegra Di2 RX-805 rear derailleur and SRAM 11-36 cassette.  This setup gives me a lot of options for climbing while still allowing for flat land speed.  The new RX derailleur’s clutch was a big help in reducing chain slap, though I still wrapped my chainstay to protect it (and frankly because it looks like something Rambo would do to his bike).

Keith Lipski

The gas tank bag from Rogue Panda bolts on to the top tube mounts, stays put, keeps me fed and my computer charged. With three bottle cage mounts inside the triangle, I was able to stay well hydrated in the Kansas heat.  Bars and seatpost are carbon and made by my friends over at Framed bikes in St. Paul, while the tool keg is from Twin Six out of Minneapolis.  This ensures that I’m never without a tube, CO2 or spare derailleur hanger, but I also run a Silca Seat Roll Premio during a race for backup CO2 and tire lever – extra piece of mind when you’re way out there. 

Keith Lipski

The combination computer / light mount from K-Edge keeps the bars uncluttered and is going to come in handy on The DAMN as we start at night and will be in the dark for the first six hours. Cinelli cork tape rounds out the cockpit simply because its comfy and looks really good against the green of the frame.

Keith Lipski

When I load this guy up for a weekend or more trip, I add a couple Outpost cages by Blackburn on the fork leg mounts to carry my hammock and sleeping bag, a handlebar roll by Rogue Panda and seat pack by Revelate Designs. These are more than enough to carry gear for a few days and keep my stuff safe and dry.

Keith Lipski
Keith Lipski
Keith Lipski

The Big Honzo is Back!

Last week we showed you the Big Honzo ST. Today we’re showing you the rest of this plus-sized lineup. The Big Honzo has the same playful nature as the classic Honzo, but with 130mm of front suspension and wider tires to add a bit more of a plush ride. Ride it down rock faces. Ride it over chunder. Ride it to experience your favorite trail in a new way!

Big Honzo CR

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

The Big Honzo CR features a carbon frame with a show-stopping paint job that is poised to turn heads. This year we’ve spruced up the bike with an all-new RockShox Pike fork and SRAM GX Eagle rear derailleur. All Big Honzo models are spec’d with a 27.5+ wheel, but able to run a 29” wheel. The super-low standover height makes riding fun and the bike extra maneuverable. If you’re looking for a hardtail that packs a punch, look no further than the Big Honzo CR.

Big Honzo DL

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

The Big Honzo DL is a simple concept: all the bike you want in a package you can afford. We love the feel of the 130mm RockShox Revelation RC fork and added a pedal-friendly SRAM SX/NX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain. 2.8” tires provide ample traction on all kinds of terrain, making climbing and descending fun and confidence-inspiring. Equipped with a TransX dropper post with up to 200mm of insertion depth, the Big Honzo DL is the perfect all-around hardtail.

Big Honzo

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

You love the Honzo but wanted an aggressive hardtail with a bit more versatility. Enter the Big Honzo. With geometry derived from our carbon Big Honzo, the Big Honzo was designed around a 27.5+ wheel but is cross-compatible with a 29” wheel, allowing you to create your favorite configuration to get the most out of the terrain. The Big Honzo features 130mm of RockShox front suspension, boost spacing, a SRAM SX/NX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain, a dropper post that fits up to a 200mm insertion depth, and hydraulic disc brakes in an affordable package.