Kona Dream Builds: Joe’s Classy Honzo DL

Joe at Bicycles of Phoenix has wanted a carbon Honzo for the last couple of years. “I like that it’s a legit, playful bike with progressive trail geometry.” He hadn’t had a hardtail in 18 years, so he wanted to build one that he would still be into for years to come.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

“I feel like hardtails are much more timeless, so I put a little into it. I grew up riding and still ride BMX. I like that the Honzo feels like a big BMX bike for the trails.”

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

The drivetrain is built around a set of Truvativ Stylo carbon cranks with an Absolute Black oval chainring. Kona Wah Wah II composite pedals provide all the traction.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

Race Face Next R bars and a Turbine R stem anchor the cockpit while ESI’s silicone grips provide grip and comfort.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

SRAM Guide RSC brakes looking after stopping duties.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

Industry Nine Trail 270 hoops are laced to Industry Nine’s Hydra hubs.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

The wheels are shod with Teravail’s Ehline tires, a 2.5″ up front and a 2.3″ out the back.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

And that rad leather frame bag? That is from Studio Seven Leather Co (also from Phoenix) and is their Bicycle Essentials Bag