Monthly Archives: September 2019

All Time F All Time

Peter Wojnar is no stranger to the Kona family. His camera skills have helped us bag crazy cool shots on multiple shoots and his gimbal skills are second to none. Woj wanted to take a step back into his filming education and try his hand at the self-shot technique. With that, he produced this clean, moody video from his local trails in Squamish, all while riding his Process 153 CR DL 29er. Nice one, Woj!

If you’d like to learn more about his filming process, be sure to check out the full article on Pinkbike.

Kona Dream Builds: Bart’s ‘Purple Trail Eater’ 2020 Process 153 CR/DL 29er

When you upgrade from a 2019 to a 2020 Version of the same bike, it truly must be love. That’s exactly what it was when Kona UK Rider James ‘Bart’ Bartholomew first saw the all new 2020 Prism Purple-Blue colourway. . and do you blame him?!

Ben Hazell | KONA COG
Ben Hazell | KONA COG

Bart is an avid 29er fan and coming from a Motocross background, he is all about the speed. That said, he is one stylish dude and certainly knows how to throw some shapes on his Process.

Ben Hazell | KONA COG
Ben Hazell | KONA COG

Bart’s build is mostly stock, with just a few tweaks to make it his own. First and most noticeable is the custom tuned Coil Shock from the guys at TF Tuned. He was running a red spring on his 2019 CR/DL but decided that stealthy black would be best on the ‘Purple Rain’

Other additions include the Raceface Next Carbon Handlebars, Fabric Saddle/Grip combo and gold Sram 12 speed chain to tie in with the Purple & Gold Theme.

Ben Hazell | KONA COG
Ben Hazell | KONA COG
Ben Hazell | KONA COG

Bart chose to keep the stock additions to the 2020 Process 153 CR/DL which include the awesome new DT Swiss/WTB Wheelset & Maxxis Assegai Tyre – A popular choice for most Enduro Riders in the UK.

In order to protect the super trick paint job, he also got it professionally sorted by the guys at Invisframe.

Ben Hazell | KONA COG
Ben Hazell | KONA COG
Ben Hazell | KONA COG
Ben Hazell | KONA COG
Ben Hazell | KONA COG

Kona Enduro Riders Earn Silver and Bronze Medals at Trophy of Nations

Boris Beyer

Finale Ligure has been a location full of mixed results for our enduro riders. As a U21 rider, Rhys Verner won there in 2017 with a time that would have had him 14th in the elites, but then last season, after coming back from a season plagued with injuries he finished in 56th. Alexander Kangas also has had mixed bag there, but last year an unfortunate crash saw him heli lifted from the race with broken fingers in both hands and a chance he would never race again.

Boris Beyer

But this weekend, at the Trophy of Nations in Finale, Italy, things turned out a little different for all Kona riders in attendance. We had five riders in total competing. Bellingham-based Hannah Bergemann was racing as an individual on Saturday. On Sunday at the team’s event, Alexander Kangas represented Team Sweden, Miranda Miller and Rhys Verner represented Team Canada and Connor Fearon raced for Team Australia. All three teams were stacked with podium-worthy riders and the chances of Kona finishing the weekend with a World Champion enduro racer where high.

Boris Beyer

The Trophy of Nations format is something totally new for the EWS. Racers would not be racing by themselves but in teams of three competing as a country. They would drop in together and ride as a train, the following country dropping in a minute later as another team of three behind them. Seeding your team in the right order and tactics would play a big roll.

Boris Beyer The course was a mixture of the various terrain that finale has to offer but was a bit too physical if you ask me, but better than your normal Finale EWS race! Finishing in second is unbelievable it doesn’t feel real, after my injuries from last year where I was told that I probably wouldn’t be able to ride my bike again and after a useless season with zero good results this silver medal feels amazing. I managed to step up my game these last couple of days a lot and I’m super happy and proud of my own effort but mostly Team Swedens. – Alexander Kangas

Team Sweden comprised of regular top ten EWS finisher Robin Wallner, young phenom Zak Johansen (who only finished outside of the top 20 this year once), and long-time Kona enduro rider Alexander Kangas. The three would quietly get things done in the pro men’s field and finish the day standing on the podium, drenched in Champagne with silver medals hanging around their necks.

Boris Beyer What a day! I don’t know if I’ve ever had so much fun at an EWS race before! The team format really helped motivate me to dig really deep and just push hard. I dropped in third every stage behind either Jessie or Remi and just forced myself to hang on their wheels! It was a wild ride, but so much fun! For sure the event of the year!

One step below them in bronze was Team Canada, or if you want to get picky, Team Sea to Sky, as Kona’s Rhys Verner and fellow riding buddies Remi Gauvin and Jesse Melamed all reside in Squamish and Whistler. They would try and pull the Swedes in, eventually finishing just six seconds back in third place.

Boris Beyer The race format was really awesome for this race. I’ve never had to think about team tactics or ride in a train for a race before! The highlight for me was racing stage two which was a sick downhill track which team Australia took the win on. The rest of the stages were extremely pedally and I just didn’t have the fitness for those tracks like the full-time EWS guys. Apart from a crash on stage three and blowing off the track on stage six I was happy with how everything went down. – Connor Fearon

Connor Fearon and his fellow Team Australia members Sam Hill and Josh Carlson would wrap up the Kona men, finishing in sixth place.

Boris Beyer
Boris Beyer The Trophy of Nations was so sick. I feel like a lot people went in not knowing what to expect or really what to do. But it combined the best parts of racing at home, on the world stage- riding with your friends as fast as possible. I could stop thinking and try and just hold the wheel of ALN leading it out. On the women’s team I’d say ALN was our MVP. – Miranda Miller

On the women’s side of things Miranda Miller was the only female rider flying the Kona flag in the teams event. Team Canada certainly looked like a podium threat with ALN and Jennifer McHugh joining forces with Miranda. A hard-charging and stacked French Team and an equally hungry British team where not about to roll over and make things easy. Team Canada would finish just over a minute behind France and the UK and take home the bronze medals!

Boris B Finale has some awesome trails, each one with a little different flavor. Everything from flowy berms, steeps, janky tech lines, and chunky rocks were found on course. Race day went well for me, I rode clean, smooth and landed in second place! This race had a lot of pedaling during the stages and liaisons, but I really enjoyed the course and getting to ride and see all around Finale. – Hannah Bergemann

Hannah Bergemann’s headed home with a little extra luggage. She finished every single stage in second place on the pedally Finale course and would head home from the Trophy of Nations individual race with the silver medal, not a bad way to end your season at all.

Boris Beyer Alexander Kangas would earn a silver medal for Team Sweden and Rhys Verner a bronze for Team Canada
Boris Beyer Miranda Miller looking rather chuffed with her bronze medal for Team Canada

Lost and Found in Dreams

Photos // Ambassador Alex Luise. Rider // Ambassador Simone Medici.

“To find oneself again one must have the right balance
between the forces of the unconscious mind and those of the conscious mind.”
-Matteo Mainetti

Alex Luise

“Get lost and find yourself, like in a dream. To leave and then return, as in a journey. Explore new spaces and environments, where real mixes with surreal, to let your imagination wander. On the first day of autumn, summer is already a memory, but the mind still struggles to accept it. A dream, a pool without swimmers, where the algae have taken away water transparency, like the summer memories that become more and more blurred.” -Alex Luise

Alex Luise

Alex and Simone took our Lost & Found theme and went to crazy extremes to bring their vision to life. Here are just a few of the photos, but be sure to check the full photo story on WeLoveToRide.com.

Alex Luise
Alex Luise
Alex Luise
Alex Luise
Alex Luise
Lacy Kemp | KONA COG
Alex Luise
Alex Luise
Alex Luise
Alex Luise
Alex Luise

Please check out Alex and Simoni’s full story at Welovetoride.com.

Kona Dream Builds: Miranda Miller and Connor Fearon’s Trophy of Nations Custom Process Bikes

While the EWS wrapped up last weekend in Zermatt Switzerland, the year’s Enduro racing for the Kona Gravity Team has one last official engagement, and that is the UCI sanctioned Trophy of Nations race in Finale Ligure, Italy. In addition to Miranda Miller and Rhys Verner racing for Team Canada and Connor Fearon racing for Team Australia, Alexander Kangas will also be representing Team Sweden and trying to shake off the bad luck that he suffered here last year when he broke fingers in both hands, ruining his season.

Sven Martin

To mark the first Trophy of Nations event, which is the first UCI sanctioned EWS race and the first chance for enduro races to earn World Championship tiles and rainbow stripes, we got together with Impact Designs in Québec and produced for Miranda and Connor these unique, one-of-a-kind Process 153 CR builds.

Sven Martin

Carrying on with their Mont St Anne World Champs bikes, Pat from Impact Designs has stuck with the retro Kona theme he produced for their Operators and come up with these two stunning designs. Connor’s Southern Cross inspired design is a mix of blue and silver and just looks awesome. Team Partners have helped out too, with OneUp, HT and Chris King all coming to the party with blue parts. The drivetrain, in particular, gets a One Up bash guide and HT AE05 pedals to go along with the XO1 crankset.

Sven Martin
Sven Martin

Out back you’ll find an XO1 rear derailleur and XO cassette and chain. You may also notice that the rear chainstays look a little different. Connors mechanic and team manager Mathieu Dupelle has fitted an Operator rear chainstay to Connors bike, complete with its adjustable length stays.

Sven Martin

SRAM’s AXS Reverb controller, SO DAMN RAD.

Sven Martin

Black RockShox Lyrik Ultimates keep Connors front end tracking.

Sven Martin

While Chris King hubs laced to Maxxis shod We Are One hoops keep the bike rolling.

Sven Martin
Sven Martin

Out back Connor has opted for a Rock Shox Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate.

Sven Martin

SRAM’s powerful Code brakes and 200mm centerline rotors slow things down.

Sven Martin

Connor uses OneUp’s EDC steerer tool, combined with a Deity bar and stem combo.

Sven Martin

In addition to the EDC tool, Connor also rocks OneUp’s sweet pump, which stores a Co2 canister inside and features a removable head.

Sven Martin

More Chris King and a few stars from the Southern Cross (the five stars featured on Australia’s flag).

Sven Martin

Retro Kona goodness!

Sven Mart

That boxing kangaroo is back!

Boris Beyer

Miranda’s bike gets the same treatment but with a Canadian red and white twist. She’s also sporting a full OneUp cockpit (bar, stem and EDC Steerer tool) that reflect her ties to the Squamish based component company.

Boris Beyer

A red spring and bash guide ad a few more splashes of national pride.

Boris Beyer

Like Connor’s Process, Miranda’s bike also utilizes SRAM’s new AXS wireless system for its XO1 rear derailleur and Reverb.

Boris Beyer

Long Live Chainsaw

Boris Beyer

How’s that epic red paint job?

Boris Beyer

Both Connor and Miranda have a serious chance at bringing home rainbow jerseys for Australia and Canada. We cant wait to see how the weekend unfolds!

Boris Beyer
Boris Beyer
Boris Beyer
Boris Beyer

Colt Fetter’s Custom Wozo

Kona Ambassador Colt Fetters is big on adventure biking. When it came time for him to choose a bike, he opted for the Wozo. The bigger tires and carrying capabilities were exactly what he needed for adventures in the desert or snow. Colt also modified the bike to be able to carry all of his gear: pack rafts, skis—you name it!

Lacy Kemp | KONA COG

Bikepacking.com has done a cool in-depth review of Colt’s bike. Give it a look!

Kona Dream Builds: Goldfinch Cyclery Builds one RAD Shonky

We LOVE Shonky builds. I mean we really love them. Getting to see just how unique and inspiring people can get with such a simple frame is seriously refreshing, and this Shonky build that Logan and his crew at Goldfinch Cyclery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa have put together really takes the cake.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

“This Shonky build turned out so wild! There’s been a solid BMX racing and dirt-jump community in town (Cedar Rapids, IA) since the early ’80s. Recently we’ve seen a resurgence in that community and the old trails are burlier than they’ve ever been and as you might expect, the local shredders are sending bigger bikes, on bigger wheels, wider bars, and suspension forks. We’ve built up a handful of these Shonky’s in the last year but this one takes the cake.  We absolutely love incorporating US-made components and hand-built wheels into custom builds whenever we have the opportunity. The deep teal finish on this year’s Shonky made the perfect backdrop for some RAD purple pieces from our friends over at Paul Components, White Industries, and Velocity.”

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

The bike is driven by a White Industries M30 crankset with a 32t TSR chainring with Chromag Contact pedals.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

Up front you’ll find a custom stickered RockShox Pike DJ with Paul Components Set-N-Forget skewers

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

A Paul Components Boxcar stem clamps a set of Chromag Fubars in place and Vans oil slick ODI grips keep the purple theme going. Chromag’s classic DJ Overture saddle sits atop a Salsa seatpost and collar.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

A White Industries headset ensures endless barspins.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

Braking is courtesy of Paul Components Love Lever levers pulling on matching Paul Klamper. The 16t cog spins on a White Industries ENO Freewheel.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

Paul Components Disk Word hubs are laced to Velocity Blunt rims, and the bike is shod with Maxxis DTH 26″x2.30 gum wall tires.

Odin Wood’s Beervet Kona Unit AKA the Farmgate

We’re guessing you’ve heard of a brevet, right? No? Well a Brevet is basically a randonneuring event, one where there is a winner. A race is called a randonnée or a brevet, and a rider who has completed a 200 km event is called a randonneur. A group of Christchurch, New Zealand-based riders, including photographer Odin Woods are about to set out on their own randonneuring event, but with a little twist. Theirs is a Beervet and the 500km route has been planned to take in all of the Nelson and Marlborough regions’ rural pubs. Odin says “it should be more fun than punishment.”

You can follow Odin and his fellow Beerveters on his instagram here and can follow the ringleader Tony Hutchison here.

Odin’s bike of choice is a classic 2013 Kona Unit, the full build list is below.

Shimano XT brakes 180F 160R
Shimano XT SPDs
Sram X1 9-42 cassette 
Sram GX derailleur
Sram XO 170 Carbon Cranks with 32T chainring 
Sram X1 shifter
Kona 760 XC bars 
Ergon grips
Cane Creek bar ends
Thompson 80mm stem 
Stock P2 fork 
Easton wheels 
DT hubs 
Maxxis Ardents 2.3
WTB Volt saddle
Stock Kona seat post
Revelate bags
Custom Dirt Bag Utility Co half frame bag
Wolftooth bottle cages cut down and re welded
20 kgs fully loaded

Kona Dream Builds: The Ultimate Upgrade, Bryan’s 2018 Honzo

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

Bryan Dexter went into Pedal Driven, his local bike shop in Sanford, Florida with a recent craigslist find; a Trek X Caliber 8 to get some quotes on some upgrades for it. Matt the owner pointed him in the direction of a new Honzo, the ultimate upgrade, once Bryan laid eyes on it, he just knew he had to have it. Two weeks later the bike was in pride of place in his living room.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

The confidence that the Honzo gave Bryan in those following rides made sure that he wanted to keep riding harder, faster, bigger and on more technical terrain. “I took it to Raccoon mountain about a month after I bought it and had the most fun I’ve ever had on a bike.”

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

“Once I came back to Florida, I continued to progress like crazy and ask for more out of the bike. I put the Renthal Carbon Bars on it to alleviate some of the arm pump I was experiencing on long rides (and can happily say it worked).

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

It was about a month or two later that I decided to do the wheel and fork upgrade. I bought a 140mm RockShox Pike RCT3 and had the truly awesome guys (Matt and Julio) at Pedal Driven build me that gnarly wheelset, which consists of those gorgeous red Hope Pro 4 hubs laced up to the sick RaceFace Arc 30 Offsets. 

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

I cannot in words describe how dialled this thing feels compared to anything else I’ve ever owned after the changes. The most recent upgrade was the brake system and the grips. I loved the Shimano brakes on the bike, but wanting to ride Pisgah, Dupont and Windrock I figured I needed to up my brake game a little. I went with the Shimano Zees since they were a pretty budget friendly and well reviewed four piston system. The Ergon GA2 grips are by far the comfiest thing I’ve had on the bars.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

Adventuring in the PNW with Path Less Pedaled and Swift Industries

Russ from Youtube channel Path Less Pedaled has been out in Seattle recently gathering content with the fine folks at Swift Industries and Swift Adventure Co. For his trip Jason at Swift Adventure Co set him up with a limited edition Swift x Rove bike, of which they have small fleet available for rent. There’s been an exhibition, a small robbery and in this video a small rolling art course with illustrator Chris McNally on the San Juan Islands.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

There are a limited number of Swift Roves still available in North America so if you’re keen on owning this bike packing ready slice of Kona history hit up your local Kona dealer or visit Kona Ride Online to purchase yours right this minute.