Morgan Taylor

Ti Tuesday: Bendik’s Kona Esatto “Black and Ti”

Photos by Mads Oliver.

How do you make titanium even better? Dress it up in black carbon. Bendik Been, from Kona’s Norwegian distributor Sykkel Butikken, says his Esatto Ti‘s build kit is pretty straightforward, but we think it’s pretty damn sweet. SRAM RED HRD, 3T Discus 60mm carbon wheels, 3T bar and stem. All black, with the Ti doing its job and standing out as always.

“I always lusted after the Ti Esatto but wanted disc brakes. And then Kona made it! But I didn’t have the money. When I finally decided to do it there were no more frames in Europe. I made some calls and sourced one from the US – big thanks to Ian and the team for sorting me out!”

Nice and clean. Ti is always worth the effort. Well done Bendik. For more Ti Kona goodness, check out the Ti Tuesday archives and #TiTuesdaysWithKona on Instagram. If you’ve got a Ti Kona bike, please do get in touch!

     

Kona’s Cory Wallace Wins 2017 WEMBO World Solo 24 Hour Mountain Bike Championships

Cory Wallace has been chasing his 24-hour Solo World Championship title for eight years. That’s a decade of preparation, a number of near misses, and an insatiable thirst for the win. Cory’s an endurance specialist among very few in the world, and he knew this one was within his grasp. Here are some quick details from the man himself:

“My first 24 Hour race was the 2008 Solo Champs in Canmore, Alberta. I ate 40 gels that race and had the equivalent caffeine of 70-80 cups of coffee. I finished 5th and was pretty convinced I could win this one day. It took 9 years, 10 more 24 hour Solo Races, and 7 World Championships to eventually reach this goal.  

Jason English has set the bar really high, cutting pit stops down to just seconds and has only lost two 24hr races in the past 8-10 years. Coming into this year’s race I knew my form was better then ever after spending 2 months at altitude in Guatemala. I figured had the cards to win the race but that it would take the right tactics, some good luck and a solid stomach!  

I went through 42 water bottles, and around 8000-9000 calories. In this years race Jason and I stopped for around 5-6 minutes total over the 24 hours.  Most laps we rolled through just grabbing bottles, and there were two stops of about 1 minute each to put on and take off our lighting systems.

Racing all day and through the night to complete 38 laps – and cover 380 km – Cory’s hard work has finally paid off and he can now add Solo 24 Hour Mountain Bike World Champion to his long list of accomplishments. Congrats, Cory. Well deserved.

Cory’s race weapon of choice for these longer events is his Kona Hei Hei DL, kitted out with a Shimano XTR Di2 drivetrain, wheels, and brakes, MRP suspension, and WTB saddle and tires.

Scroll on down for some great photos from 24H di Finale Ligure photographer Francesco Bartoli Avveduti.

Cory Wallace Gunning For the Win at the 2017 World Solo 24 Hour Championships

After his win at the Nimby Fifty in Pemberton, BC last week, Cory Wallace is now over in Europe for the World Solo 24 Hour Championships. Just a hair off the win last year, he’s hungry! Read on below…

Words and photos by Cory Wallace.

The World Solo 24hr Championships are taking place this weekend on a scenic plateau above the Italian Riviera near the border of France.  After coming within 3 minutes of the title last year in New Zealand I’m grateful and excited to be back for another shot this year!  It’s shaping up to be quite the battle with riders from over 30 countries showing up to Italy, including 7 time World Champion Jason English, USA Champ Josh Tostado, a number of Europeans and some dark horses.

My friend Leighton Poidevin will be managing the Pit area with help from Hiran who is here with bags of Radical Lights to make sure the night riding is brighter then the day.  Leighton and I have been racing each other for years at 24 hour races around the World. He’s one of the most accomplished riders to ever come out of  North America and one hell of a friend to volunteer to come over to support this effort.  For this year I’ll be running 2 full suspension Kona Hei Hei’s which should help soften the blows on the rocky and short 8 km course.

Huge thanks to my friends and sponsors who have supported me over the years and have enabled this trip back to the start line at Worlds for another shot at the title.  Kona bikes has always had my back, local bike shops Freewheel Cycle in Jasper, Straight up Cycles in Victoria, and a huge thanks to Hiran at Radical Lights for flying over with the brightest and best lights in the game.

Live results from the race can be found starting at 10 am on Friday Italian time:  which is  2am Friday morning mountain time in North America on the www.tds-live.com website.

Off to work…

“A playful, smooth ride at a reasonable price” – VeloNews on the Kona Wheelhouse

VeloNews has featured the Reynolds 853 Wheelhouse in their recent Buyer’s Guide. The Wheelhouse’s steel frame and disc brakes stand out on a road bike, making it a unique choice with the unmistakable Kona ride.

“Riding the Wheelhouse is just plain fun. The steel frame is an anachronism amid all the carbon bikes in this Buyer’s Guide, but that’s okay. It offers a playful, smooth ride at a reasonable price.”

Read the full writeup at VeloNews.

Roos Op de Beeck Wins Belgian National Championship on Her Kona Operator

Kona Grassroots rider Roos Op de Beeck has won the Elite Women’s Belgian National Downhill Championships in Bouillon in Belgium’s Ardennes region. Besides winning the national title she took also the overall win in Bouillon in the Lotto DH1 series. Having won the first round of the Lotto DH1 series in Chaudfontaine, Roos is the overall leader in the series. Congrats Roos!

Photos by Luc Delhaye.