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Kerry Werner Keeps Momentum Rolling with Two Podium Finishes at Rochchester

The Rochester race weekend has been the traditional season opener for many years past. This year a few racers, Becca and Kerry included, decided to start with Roanoke last weekend (last weeks blog link) but that doesn’t change the nerves as this was the first C1. Thus, Rochesert was about gritting their teeth against some stiffer competition before heading into the world cups. 

Becca and Kerry drove to Rochester the Monday after Roanoke. They spent the week at a host house in Victor, who Kerry has developed a strong relationship with over the past three years racing at Rochester. Finally getting the race rigs together, check out Kerry’s bike check video.

Wednesday the gang got out to the local  YMCA camp to get some mid-week efforts in as well as scope out some different stations for Thursday nights CX clinic.

The YMCA camp hosts a weekly cyclocross clinic in the late summer/early fall thanks to some GVCC (Genesee Valley Cycling Club) enthusiasts. Becca and Kerry both participated as coaches alongside Tobin Ortenblad and Emily Shields. It’s all about giving back especially to the young guns. It is also inspiring as Kerry notes the CX community is strong in the Rochester area, “There are a ton of 10-16-year-olds in the Rochester area that are just so damn good! These kids can hop barriers, understand how to get on and off the bike, and are always looking for a challenge when on two wheels. It left us coaches wondering how good we would be if we had been exposed to the sport when we were that young.” 

There were more than just juniors at the clinic as well, once 120 people decided to show up. Becca describes it like this, “Imagine a sea of 100 cats in a laser light show and you had to keep track of 15 specific ones. Seriously, though excited, they were focused, attentive, and really seemed to want to learn and progress.”

Becca then ran a Friday clinic at the Rochester Cyclocross venue, walking people through the different obstacles on the course and giving them tips of the trade. Covering race day prep, confidence boosting, and a few deadlifts picking up fallen participants. Sometimes you gotta risk it for the biscuit. 

Saturday is race day and Becca kicked it off first for the Kona Maxxis Shimano CX Team. She didn’t have the most ideal start and after finding herself back in the high teens she remembered she had to pedal… harder. After regaining focus she clawed her way back into 4th but burned a few matches doing so and thus started to make some small mistakes that were, in turn, big mistakes at the end of the race, slipping in dusty corners, catching fences, bending rear hangers. 

Though disappointed by having a mechanical play a roll two weekends in a row Becca realizes, “I can take some time to remind myself that these mistakes are user-error and fixable, I’m still not set up with my season’s gear, I’m still working out my own rhythms, and that it is better that these things happen now rather than later.”

Kerry went next and had his head set on the whole shot. There was a super tight off camber section less than 1min from the start and being at the front could mean saving a match to maintain the gaps. 

He got the coveted whole shot, which set him up to stay in the front group of 4. They dangled off the front until about halfway through the race when they became solidly out ahead. Then the real games began. 

Kerry describes the race like this, “Lance Haidet was yo-yoing at this point and Gage was riding well but struggling a little in the tech bits. I knew Stephen was the guy to watch yet I managed to put myself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Stephen put pressure on in the woods and Gage was gaped a bit. He was riding well though, and I figured we could bring Stephen back but after pulling through I looked back and saw Gage gapped. I couldn’t get to Stephen alone so it was three laps solo. I had just enough in the tank to hold off a rallying Tobin Ortenblad and Jack Kisseberth to hold on to 2nd.” 

Though it wasn’t a win it was definitely a good result for the first C1 of the season where UCI points are higher and so is the cash payout. 

On to Sunday, which was one classification lower. A C1 gives out UCI points 15 deep and has about 3X the payout of a C2. C2’s only give out UCI points to the top ten and because there are more of these throughout the season only a riders 8 best C2’s count towards UCI ranking. 

Becca was fired up for Sunday and it showed as she got off the line well and didn’t settle on the first lap. She rode the majority of the race in 4th and did a lot of work chasing the podium. She was more consistent throughout the race by running some sections that were touch and go in Saturday’s race. No mechanicals but sticking her nose in the wind for a good portion of the race meant a lack of fuel left in the tank towards the end of the race and she lost two spots falling back to 6.

Recollecting, Becca says, “It’s kind of funny how a bad start and a great start can lead me to the same place. You would think if I could start so far back and chase to 6th that I could start in 6th and chase to the win. But anyone who races bikes knows that is never the case. Maybe chasing so hard on Saturday burned me out for Sunday and is why I lost those 2 spots. Maybe that mental edge of wanting revenge allowed me to start well on Sunday. I am sure the two results are tied together. Clearly, I am riding at a level that is very consistent and repeatable for me, and despite what happens I am remembering skills and strengths to fight through.” 

Kerry didn’t have such good luck on the start. He pulled out of his right pedal off the line and slotted in around 10th. A few changes to the course lead to an even punchier race, which quickly dissolved into small groups. The front group was 4 again, Jeremy Power, Hyde, Hecht, and Werner. The lower category C2 meant there wasn’t as much on the line and it showed. There was no reservation in the front group as blow after blow was thrown. 

Kerry was gassed but settled into the back of the group, not where you want to be at the end of the race. Hecht clipped a pedal on the off camber with 2 to go and caused a separation that Kerry could not bring back as Powers and Hyde traded turns at the front. 

Reflecting, Kerry realizes his mistake. “Luckily, I was able to keep Gage on the back burner after his mistake. I knew I shouldn’t have been on the back but Gage was riding strong and I didn’t see him making a mistake. I was definitely feeling fatigued from Saturday’s effort but really wanted two podiums on the weekend. So it was head down and a focus on smooth rather than fast in the woods.”

The next 2 weeks will involve Kerry building up Becca’s new Kona Super Jakes with the sweet Shimano Dura Ace group sets – with those sweet Ultegra RX Di2 clutch rear derailleurs. Becca will be pushing the limits of her endurance and skills and then hitting the recovery hard leading into the world cups. 

She says, “Remember, the Trek UCI World Cup pays women equally, and that is just huge. So for this Kona woman, it would mean so much to be on top form and performing my best in order to respect everything about the cycling community and their support of me and everyone else out there chasing dreams, working hard, and pushing limits.”

Check out Kerry’s vlog for some great in race footage (Thank you Cory Kuhns!) and some behind the scenes hoverboarding, pancake making, and donut eating!

 

 

The All New Process 24 – Shreducation With Aggy & Max

When it came time to shoot a video for the all-new Process 24 kids’ bike, we wasted no time in getting in touch with Graham Agassiz. Aggy is a big kid at heart and remembers what it was like to be a grom in Kamloops. Enter Max McCormac, an 8-year old shredder we found ripping up the Squamish trail scene. We figured Max could help Aggy refine some of his skills and sent him to Kamloops for a proper Shreducation. With Aggy aboard his Process 165 and Max rocking the new Process 24, there’s no terrain these two can’t handle together.

My early heroes were guys like Matt Hunter, Ian Duncan, Matt Brooks, Steve T, and Kyle Proznick- just all the local pros that were living in Kamloops, and I was so lucky to have them take me under their wing and take me riding all the time. It was really a dream come true for me each and every day. I remember the first time meeting Matt Hunter. It was when the bike park was first built which was right below my parent’s house! We were riding the jumps together and he asked me to go ride Harper with him. I was shocked and I had to radio home to ask my mom if I could go!. This was before cell phones. She said yes thankfully, and then there I was in the front seat of infamous Ford Ranger with Matt Hunter heading up to Harper, which I had also never ridden before and I was on a hardtail! It turned out to be an amazing day. My mom just had to embarrass me by getting my Matt Hunter poster out for him to sign for me!” -Aggy

I think it’s awesome that there are so many rad up and coming kid riders out there, especially with the way bikes are progressing these days. I think most of us would agree that we wish we had bikes like these when we were kids! I want to show kids like Max that if they put in the time and the work that then they, too, can follow their dreams and make riding a bike a career, or whatever it is they choose to do. I like to think that I’m a pretty good example of someone who followed their dreams. I was always told I couldn’t do it. It was a pretty good feeling showing everyone who said I couldn’t that could! -Aggy

 

 

The Details

Remember that feeling of finally understanding how good a proper mountain bike felt? With the Process 24, that feeling can come at a super young age. We’ve designed the Process 24 with similar geometric characteristics to our full-size bikes in order to make it incredibly fun on the trails. 100mm of front and rear suspension is custom tuned for lighter riders. Powered by a Shima-no Deore 1x drivetrain, the Process 24is ready to get rowdy!

 

My favourite part about shooting this project was knowing that I was that kid not too long ago, and I know just how much that experience would have meant for me. I love coaching and working with younger kids because I feel I can relate super well with them. I like helping them take that next leap forward but also not letting them get “excite bike” and get too carried away. It was cool to see how Max reacted with the camera crew filming us. His confidence was impressive! I learned from Max that no matter what age or skill level you are, that feeling you get from riding something new and exciting for the first time will never change. It will always be that same rush of adrenaline that puts the biggest smile on your face afterward, and it keeps the search thrilling for more! -Aggy

 

Looking to buy the Process 24 for your little ripper?
Visit your local dealer today or check konaworld.com for purchasing options in your area.

 

Connor Fearon Battles Flat Tire at World Champs

The 2018 downhill season has reached its end, but not without an incredible finale. The pinnacle event- World Championships- was held in the stunning mountain village of Lenzerheide, Switzerland this past Sunday. Kona’s Connor Fearon was on a tear in qualifying, with an incredible third place finish. Finals day was the first dry day of the week and as the track dried out the times were getting faster and faster. As is always the case in finals, riders tend to demolish qualifying times in their race runs. Sunday was no exception with rider after rider ticking seconds away from Friday’s times. Belgian rider Martin Maes held onto the hot seat while dozens of riders lost traction in slippery corners, or crashed out in the roots sections. As Connor came down he was on a solid run within striking distance of Maes. However, while nearing the bottom he suffered a rear puncture that would end his chances for a top-five finish. Fortunately, Connor had a tire insert that helped him ride out the flat with a very respectable 15th place finish. The final victory went to French rider Loic Bruni. Thanks for a strong season, Connor! We’re proud to work with you and are thrilled with your results this season.

 

“The World Championships are always the hardest race of the year, everybody comes in wanting a medal, and they’re willing to ride 120% for it. I really like the track in Lenzerheide so I had high expectations for myself here. After qualifying third I was really hoping for a top-five finish to end my season well. My run was really good until near the bottom when I started to feel my rear tire going flat, I had a tire insert so was able to ride it out until the end. I still finished 15th which stings because I know the flat cost me a couple seconds at the bottom, but that’s racing sometimes. The main thing is I’ve finished the season healthy and hungry for more next year.”

-Connor Fearon

Mountain Bike Action Reviews the Kona Honzo CR Trail Frame Set “The Honzo is Ready to Rip Your Local Trails”


“The Honzo defies the notions that hardtails were only made for racing and training, and delivers a ride experience that is fun. If you are looking for a bike that is simple and just wants to go out and have fun, the Honzo is ready to rip your local trails.”
– Mountain Bike Action

Mountain Bike Action built up a custom Honzo CR Trail at the beginning of summer and they have just posted the review live online at MBAction.com. The MBA testers loveed the everything about the Honzo, how it descended, how it cornered, and how it climbed.

“The Honzo surprised us with how far it could be leaned over in corners. At high speeds, the Honzo could be whipped around in a playful manner and didn’t stray from an inside line. ”

You can check out the full review on MBAction.com here and you can check out the updated Honzo family of bikes here.

Discover the 2019 Dew-E and Splice-E Kona Electric Bikes Right Here

Kona Dew-E

For the avid commuter where no hill, no amount of rain, or no gust of wind is enough to stop you, we bring you the Dew-E. From our beloved Dew platform, the Dew-E is the ultimate commuting machine. Bright front and rear lights, fenders, and a Bosch motor make quick work of all conditions. Outfitted in quality Shimano components, the Dew-E is ready for the daily grind.

 

Kona Splice-E

Cruising has never been more fun. The Splice-E brings the joy of a pedal assist bike to familiar territory. Bosch power meets a Shimano Alivo drivetrain and Suntour suspension fork. Hydraulic disc brakes provide excellent stopping power, giving you total control while out on your next adventure, whether that’s bar hopping through town or out ripping around backwoods bike paths.

The All New Electric Ute is Here

Kona Electric Ute

The Electric Ute is our newest addition to our pedal-assist lineup. We took the success of our Ute and beefed up the fork and added a tapered steer tube adding stiffness to the ride. Looking to ditch the car? The Electric Ute is your answer. The battery is semi-integrated into the frame for a more streamlined look. Haul kids, haul groceries, haul building supplies or even your furry friend. Stylish, comfortable, and incredibly functional as a full-on cargo machine, the Electric Ute is powered by a Bosch motor, ensuring you and your gear can make it up the steepest of hills with total ease.

Kerry Werner Doubles Down at Cyclocross Season Opener

Something to note about CX season is that cyclocross Nationals has been moved from January to the second weekend in December (Louisville, Ky). Thus, the season has been condensed. It started this past weekend in Roanoke, VA at a community park, Fallon Park, and as you may guess it was hot.

In reality, there is a UCI race every weekend from the first weekend in September until Nationals in December with the only break in the schedule being Thanksgiving weekend. The Kona crew will not be racing all those races. That would be ludicrous. They have hand picked a bunch of racing that allows a few breaks here and there while still hitting some of the best and biggest races on the calendar. Their schedule is posted at the bottom of this post.

As you may have read, Rebecca Fahringer is joining Kerry Werner for the Kona-Maxxis-Shimano CX team this year. If you haven’t read about the update click here.

Kerry: ” With the start of CX being one week earlier then last year we were left scrambling the week before Go Cross to get things together. I had frames, Becca’s were still on a boat, I got Shimano wheels and our new Maxxis tires arrived Monday before the race. The rest of our Shimano order was running a little late and didn’t show up until Thursday before the race. Therefore, We were both stuck running last year’s frames, which is fine. The old stallions had been holding up just fine through the training sessions at my local park. So Thursday when Becca flew into NC they spent the afternoon loading the trailer with gobs of parts still in boxes and plastic.

Kerry: “We hired Alex Jerome, a mechanic from Brevard, NC to come help us out for the Roanoke weekend. I am so glad we did. He rocked it. He handled building frames and helping us with race prep. He will potentially be on board full time for the second half of the season. Becca and I both hope it works out, as he is a rad guy who fits into the team dynamic nicely, and knows his way around a bicycle.”

Becca: “We arrived in Roanoke on Friday in order to do some tire testing for Maxxis. This is my second year riding Maxxis tires, and the first time I had been asked to partake in testing. Whether or not they wanted me to help test tires or if they wanted Kerry to and I just happened to show up is beside the point. We were testing some treads set up tubeless, so I was right at home after the past two years racing on tubeless tires. It was a great experience, and something I have always wanted to do. But it was also unfortunate for the timing, because, I was so anxious about riding too much in the heat the day before my first race that I had a hard time concentrating on the task. In addition, this year I am racing Maxxis tubulars and I hadn’t ridden tubulars in over two years. But it was a good chance to do some laps on the course.

Speaking of tires, we were damn sure it was a file-tread weekend. Knowing that, I had my files mounted up for my pre-ride on Saturday. Right before I went out, the sky darkened and started dropping some precipitation. It was raining on the open 1/2/3 women’s field pretty good at this point! I still went out on my Speed Terranes just to see. Without pushing the pace too much, I slid out a few times on the slick grass. With the rain stopping and the men yet to hit the course, I was unsure if the course would get drier or churned up and muddy. I was pretty torn on what decision to make, but I decided that I would ride the All Terranes for the sake of confidence. The last thing a racer should do is doubt their tire choice during a race, and maybe holding back because of it. An option could have been to have different tires on my pit bike, but, again, my pit bike was for emergency use only in this early-season equipment purgatory.”

Kerry: “As Becca just explained it started raining and my smile started growing. Seems like a dream come true to have rain on the opening weekend of the CX season. I swapped over from Speed Terranes tires to All Terranes and headed to the line.

The nerves were certainly there. There is always an unknown at the first CX race. However, after racing these guys for a couple years you develop relationships and cope with start line stress by poking fun and exchanging careless banter. I mostly talk shit, haha.  And mostly to Tobin, because he dishes it right back.

After a lackluster start due to missing my pedal off the line, I settled into the front of the race. It took about 3 laps for 4 of us to get away from the rest of the field. The rain had caused some corners to be slick and it was causing the gaps to open slowly but surely. The four of us kept exchanging turns at the front pretty evenly. While we had dropped the group behind us they kept yo-yo’ing closer to us then further away so a steady pace was key to keep more people out of the finishing mix.

With 1.5 laps to go I got on the front. I knew I needed to be up in the front by the final stair step feature to go for the win. After the stairs the turns were just too tight and the speeds too high to make any kinds of passing. The finish straight was short enough that even a gasses effort could hold up if you were first out of the final corner.

So I kept the tempo high, I knew these guys didn’t want to do any work they didn’t have to do. Then with 1/2 lap to go, we hit the one bigger climb on course out of a dead stop u-turn and I punched it. It was a long way to send an effort but if I could keep these guys behind me they couldn’t pass in the next tight turn feature. After that, it was one more huge push up over the final climb and into the steps. I was constantly checking over my shoulder and had to do a few accelerations and block people out over the course of the effort but I hit the steps first. All was good and smooth with my remount and so I thought I was home free.

I held the dudes off over the fly over, through a few chicanes and into the final corner I felt my rear get a little loose. I preemptively unclipped but kept my foot on the pedal. Jack K. was behind me and managed a clean corner. He got that half a pedal stroke on me and came up on me to a point where his front wheel was at my bottom bracket. I panicked and dropped the last bit of gas into the piston cylinder. It was close but I came out on top!

Now, I am not sure how you all feel about this but I fell on the ground and laid there gasping for breath for a solid 60-90 sec. I could not get my heart rate back under control. I did feel a little dramatic but I honestly don’t think I could have sat up. I know falling on the ground is dramatic but I tend to reserve it for the truly extreme efforts, which turns out this was one of them. I hit a new max heart rate at 200bpm!

 

Next up was Becca!

Becca: “Front row call up, I slotted up right next to Caroline Mani, and Crystal Anthony came next to me. The rain had stopped and the temps had really dropped. We were ready. At the whistle, I pushed off and got my pedal. Not a bad start! Crystal missed her pedal and was dropped hard. Everyone kept charging forward, fighting for the daylight at the front. My racing edge was not sharp and I wasn’t sure how to fight back. I slipped back a few spots. Once we settled in I was happy to feel that the pace felt slow. I didn’t charge forward immediately, instead, I took a moment to gather myself and lower my heart rate. Then I charged. I tucked into third. Eventually, Crystal found the front end of the race and she and I battled a little. She is great at being assertive in passing – I could learn a lot from her. I was able to gap her off and I was in a steady third place, with Van Dessel riders Caroline and Sunny charging in 1st and 2nd.”

 

Kerry: “Sunday was all smiles. I was really happy to come out with the season opening win. We stopped for ice on the way to the venue so we could make ice socks by filling panty hose with ice to stuff down our jerseys and places where the sun don’t shine. It was gonna be a hot one. 90 Fº and humidity on up higher than that!

After a warm up I was feeling good and looking forward to racing the Maxxis Speed Terrane, which we didn’t get to run yesterday but is a fast, yet very confident cornering tire.

After another lackluster start I settled in around 7. 1/4 of the way through the lap I got a little tangled with a Belgian racer who came across the pond for the early season race. He slipped a pedal at the bottom of the stair steps ride up and I was coming up his inside with momentum. He saw me coming and pinched me in the corner at the top of the climb, forcing me to unclip. I said something unsavory I am sure, but it wasn’t a big deal. The next thing I know he is sprinting to get up beside me and then throws a shoulder check! I definitely did not say anything about his mom but he must have thought I did.

Before I knew it my wheels were in the air, I was on the ground, and my bike was tangled in the tape. I cussed, spit, and yelled. I grabbed my bike hoping someone saw it to DQ his ass. It was a flagrantly violent maneuver. In my opinion, the video doesn’t do the act justice. It just makes me look like I need to hit the gym harder.

I got up quickly but lost a lot of ground. I saw him in the next u-turn straight and told him he was an asshole and that he was going to be disqualified… I really had no idea if he would have been but in my mind, he should have been. That must have gotten in his head. I spent the next 1.5 laps clawing my way up through the group to the front. As I pass this guy I told him “you might as well pull out because you are f%$king DQ’d,” I think he eventually did.

After connecting with the front group I tried to save energy. I sat on for the middle of the race not showing my face at the front until 3 or 4 to go. Troy Wells was flexing at the front and split our group into 3, Tobin, Troy, and myself. From there it was 1 to go and Tobin was on the same program I was on yesterday. I sat on waiting to attack on the final climb just before the stairs. Tobin put in a big effort over the climb and shut me down though. I got back behind him and hung my head thinking I couldn’t get the win unless I put him in the tape, which isn’t really my style.

We rolled up on the bottom of the stair case, and I saw an opportunity to go around him and over him up the stairs. I hit the ground running with feet moving like the road runner, cartoon clattering noises could have easily been a sound effect coupled with a cloud of dust.

I managed to get around him, have a smooth remount and clip in and after one more effort I was home free as long as I didn’t duff it in the corners. Just like that, I was 2 for 2! Unbelievable.

I fell on the ground again… This time my excuse was it was hot AF and the race was a stressful one. I also managed to surpass yesterday heart rate max and hit 202bpm. Ouch!

Becca was next.

Becca: “Feeling very relaxed at the start, I went quick from the gun, charging up and sitting in the front three towards the middle of the lap. But this is when we hit the freshly tilled fluffy sand, and there was a bit of a pile-up. Combined with my slow-motion running, I exited the sand back in the teens placing. Not ideal. After a few turns, the pace was settled and I was waiting to make my move. With all of the riders very close and riding single file along the fast track, it took me close to the end of the second lap to finally start moving up the ranks. I went from deep within the field to the top 5 again. Then, I found myself in 2nd. Crystal was way up and I didn’t see anyone catching her, but, I could totally hang on to 2nd. I could feel myself getting goosebumps; not because I was excited, but because I felt cold. I was not ready to push my body to the limit. Maybe I shouldn’t admit that, but, I think it’s fair to say no one is capable of murdering themselves 100% of the time. Even if there was a chance I had the mental ability, I am not sure my body would have held out. I was passed and slipped into 5th and it was all I could do to maintain that. My back. My legs. My arms. Everything was feeling it.

I felt the same about my race on Sunday as Saturday – disappointed but also a bit optimistic. I had what it took to get from deep within the field up to 2nd, but not the staying power quite yet. Plus, I was sliding across the dusty ground on my Maxxis Speed Terranes, which is exactly what they are made to do – limit the friction for faster rolling and have the side knobs catch you when the time comes. I rarely enter turns fast enough to get a slide going, but I did it and was comfortable with it-a good omen for things to come.

Despite this not being my strongest placing for an opening weekend, it is the first time I have been able to identify weaknesses and come up with a plan of action to strengthen them, or, in the event of fitness, already understood the potential lack of world domination.

After the race on Sunday, we packed up the camps, and rolled out of town – the whole shebang like a circus caravan rolling up the tents to go to the next sleepy little town. In this case, Rochester, NY.”

To catch all the behind the scenes debauchery check out Kerry’s  Vlog recap of the weekend…

 

 

Kona Dream Builds: Connor Fearon’s 2018 World Champs Operator CR 29

Connor’s manager and mechanic Mathieu Dupelle and his buddies at Impact Designs have made a habit of making life hard for themselves when it comes to Connor’s World Champs paint schemes. Each one topping the previous one just that little bit, I mean how many ways can you paint a bike green and gold? Well, it seems that Mathieu has found another way, and we think you’ll agree that this 2018 World Champs is a pretty bloody snazzy looking whip and could just be the best custom Operator Connor has ridden yet! #RooShooter


Meet Kona’s Brand New Full Suspension E-Bike, The Remote CTRL



Kona Remote CTRL

You believe in pushing limits. Your adventures are big. You explore deeper and climb higher. The Remote CTRL is the answer to your missions. With the assistance of Bosch’s powerful Performance CX motor and more travel (150mm front, 132 rear), you can overcome bigger obstacles up and down the mountains. The Remote CTRL has Kona DNA throughout its geometry and with the added power of Bosch, rides in a league of its own.

 

My Kona – Matt Shelton

Matt Shelton is quintessentially Kona. A veteran employee, Shelton is both a friendly face and an incredibly hard worker. He’s revered as a hard worker both inside and outside of the office. When not shuffling through warranty claims, dealing with small parts orders, or running the Kona Ride Online, he’s one of Bellingham’s most respected trail builders. His handy work helps keep Bellingham’s amazing trails running smoothly all year long.

Kona Dream Builds: Chris’s East Coast Ripping Honzo

We just love seeing the way people build up our Honzo’s, whether it’s our classic steel frame, or the newer alloy and carbon models, every single one is a Dream Build. And today we’ve got this very cool build from East Coast bicycle industry veteran Chris Hopwood. Chris wanted something zippy and capable to hit up the local single track where his trail bike was little overkill, this here build is the result of that goal. The complete bike as pictured weighs in at 11.5kgs (25.5lbs), that’s without going crazy with lightweight, blinging parts. This Honzo CR is burly and functional and a daily driver that’s gonna see one heck of a lot of use!  Read on for the full spec details and more photos!

Kicking things off up front is Fox’s new Stepcast Factory 34mm fork in 120mm, the fork weighs in at 1.59 kg and is as stiff Fox’s non Stepcast 34 140mm fork.

A Race Face 50mm Atlas stem holds the matching 35mm Atlas bar while Shimano’s XT Shifters and brake levers keep the cockpit reliable and low key.

The Race Face and Shimano theme continues with the drivetrain out back, Race Face’s carbon Next SL cranks mate up with an 11 speed Shimano XT rear mech while XT stoppers with 160mm rotors slow things down. e*thirteens 31mm wide TRS Race carbon wheels are shod with beefy 2.34 Vitoria 4C Martello’s, look out pesky East Coast rocks!

Fox’s Factory Transfer dropper offers Chris 150mm of height adjustability, the saddle is Fabric’s classic and super popular Scoop.

That is one very cool Honzo!