Kona Dream Builds: Jeff Builds himself a Honzo ST “Forever Bike”

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Jeff grew up in Tucson, AZ, riding afternoons away with friends on dirt pump tracks they built themselves. The bikes are now bigger and days are longer but Jeff and his buddies are still just having fun riding bikes.

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When my last aluminum bike cracked back in June I decided I was ready for a change. I wanted something more fun than it was fast, comfortable for long days on the AZT, and sexy enough to keep forever. Something one-of-a-kind. I went to Nate at Blue Dog Bikes and said: “I wanna build a Honzo ST.” He looked at me and said “Cool man. 

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

This is the finished product! I couldn’t be happier! This thing chews up singletrack, looks good and just downright makes me happy! I think of this bike as my forever bike.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

WTB Asym i35s are laced to the Orange Hope Pro4 hubs. The stock 780mm Kona handlebar is clamped to a 70mm Kona stem. The bike is then doused with orange! There’s an orange Hope headset, Orange Hope floating disc 180mm rotors, and matching orange Hope Tech3 E4 brakes.

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The 11spd drivetrain is Shimano XT Front and rear, with a Wolf Tooth 32T Powertrac chainring and a 10-42 SRAM cassette. As far as suspension goes the Honzo ST is rocking RockShox Pike RCT3 120mm DebonAir up front and then an e*thirteen TRS+ 170mm dropper outback. The whole build rolls on a Maxxis Minion DHF 29×2.5 up front and out back you’ll find a Maxxis Aggressor 29×2.5.

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This bike chews up the Southern Arizona chunk. I couldn’t be happier. It was worth the wait!

Caleb Smith | KONA COG