Daily Archives: 09/03/2019

California and Oregon, the KONA Demo Tour is headed your way!

Come demo some of our favorite bikes including the all-new Process 134, Process 153 CR 29, Hei Hei and Big Honzo. We’ll even have a few Libres ready to ride at select stops. We’ll have full size runs ensuring everyone can find a bike that fits just right. Come see why editors have been raving about the Process, and why the Hei Hei has been a 24 hour solo world championship bike three years in a row. We’re looking forward to seeing you at an event soon!

Here are some events coming soon! Details in the posters below.

Sept 12 – Santa Rosa, CA
Sept 14 & 15 – Truckee, CA
Sept 20 – Bend, OR
Sept 21 – Portland, OR
Sept 22 – Stayton, OR

Julian Tennyson | KONA COG

Julian Tennyson | KONA COG
Julian Tennyson | KONA COG
Julian Tennyson | KONA COG
Julian Tennyson | KONA COG

Ti Tuesdays with Kona: Jame’s Ti Humuhumu is a Triple Threat

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

I’ve been into mountain biking since I was a kid and to this day still have some sort of working relationship in the industry. From hanging out at local shops to working at local shops to managing a local shop, then repping top products and now owning a company that deals directly with most of the major and not so major brands. I’ve always loved the Canadian manufacturers and Kona was always the bad-ass brand and just seemed to fit me just right.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

Back in the day I splurged for a 26er Ibis Ti Mojo that I loved and rode in every condition. I fell in love with the durability of Ti but the suppleness of steel. A friend of mine still has that bike and rides it with his kids.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

With some old school Tomac influence I put a drop bar and some Retroshift / Gevenalle brake levers on a steel 650B 1×9 mountain bike and answered discovered that yes, it is possible to have two bikes in one.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

Keeping my eyes out for something unique in Ti bike and something I could utilize for all riding seasons I came across a Ti Humu Humu in the Kona booth at Sea Otter Classic and new I just had to have one. I had a steel Kona Unit at home with sliding dropouts built up as a sweet XC machine. I quickly got a hold of legendary Kona sales rep Dik Cox and found out if I could get one of these bad boys. Within a couple weeks I had the frame delivered to my local shop. It took some tinkering and swapping parts and pieces out, but it all came together.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

The bike pulls triple duty now, some days it’s a cool cruiser to kick around the city and commute to work on, in the spring its a gravel bike until the trail dry up then its a full on XC trail machine for the summer months.


It’s so cool to have such a fun riding iconic looking bike with up to date specs and a wheel size that does it all. All this wouldn’t have been possible without the simple and elegant design of the frame and its sliding drop out and single speed or geared hanger.


The Cruiser set up uses Kona Project 2 fork, Stans Arch MK3 rims set up with purple Hope Pro4 hubs mounted with Maxxis skin wall Ardent 29 x 2.4 tires and a single speed conversion kit. The cockpit has a Kona stem, Humuhumu cruiser bar and Key grips. The Race Face Next SL carbon crank is used for all options and they are paired with the sweet light weight Wah Wah II composite pedals. The build is wrapped up with a Easton EC90 Carbon post along with a traditional Brooks b17 saddle.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

The Gravel set up gets a unique set of very light Holzfelgen wheels, they are a wood rim inlaid with carbon and they are laced to DT Swiss 240’s with a 29 x 2.0 Tufo XC2 plus to make the ride smoother than melted butter on the roughest terrain. An Easton EC70 carbon handlebar and Retroshift CX brake levers and shifter allow me to run a single speed or 9-speed cassette. Recently I picked up a Dura ace 11 speed bar end shifter for more gearing in the future.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG
Caleb Smith | KONA COG
Caleb Smith | KONA COG
Caleb Smith | KONA COG

The Mountain Bike set up gets a Fox 32 Anniversary edition with beautiful top cap. A Shimano XTR 1 x 11 drive train and brakes with the Crusier Stan’s and Hope wheel setup and a Ritchey carbon Bull Moose one piece bar for nostalgia with the EC 90 carbon post and Chromag saddle. 

Caleb Smith | KONA COG
Caleb Smith | KONA COG

Kona Dream Builds: Scott’s Strava Warrior Honzo

Ben Hazell | KONA COG
Ben Hazell | KONA COG

UK Sales Manager Scott Belshaw has been on a health kick recently. As a result, he’s been creeping up those Strava leaderboards when out for a ride. Aspiring to be King of the Climbs, he decided that his Process wasn’t quite the machine he needed and has built himself this pretty sweet looking Honzo CR/DL. His local Trails are far from smooth or easy going though so the Honzo still had to be capable of getting him through the rough stuff!

Ben Hazell | KONA COG

Pretty noticeable straight away is those ice cool Silver Pikes from Rockshox. Scott went on to match these with the Hope Pro 4 Hubs & Hope Crankset/Chainring Combo. The Hubs are laced on to Hope’s brand new Fortus 30 Rims for maximum strength for the Decents that follow the climbs.

Ben Hazell | KONA COG
Ben Hazell | KONA COG

Living in a particularly wet part of the Country, Scott’s aim here was to have super reliable components that’ll see him through the harsh British Winters.

The Stopping and Going are taken care of by Shimano. Scott has spec’d top of the range XTR Brakes and XTR/XT Gearing with a decent sized 11-46t Cassette.

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

UK Trails get pretty muddy so Michelin’s Force Enduros were the Tyre of choice.

Further colour matching was achieved by using Deity’s new Ridgeline 35mm Handlebar, mated to the Kona 35mm Stem. Scott has also fitted the OneUp components Tool System so that he doesn’t need to carry a bag when out on the Honzo.

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