Kona Dream Builds: Mikey’s Not Quite a Process Satori

We haven’t seen a whole bunch of Satori Dream Builds, mostly because we don’t sell the Satori as a frame only, but as Mikey Spear from Halcyon Bike worked out, the base model is essentially a blank canvas and his build is one serious work of art.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

I was so torn on which way to go when I started this years bike build.  My riding is split between my hardtail on local trails and a full suspension mainly used for all day Appalachian excursions.  I wanted the shred of the Process but with the climbing characteristics of the Hei Hei.  It was in the middle of my months long internal struggle on which way to go that the Satori was released and I knew right away that was the bike for me.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

Knowing I wanted to build it my way but with no frameset option I opted to buy the base level Satori complete bike and stripped it down to the frame.  Starting with the suspension I called up one of my buddies at Cane Creek and got a Helm Air fork, DB Air CS rear shock, and a 40 series headset.  I left the fork at its stock 150mm for just a little more party.  Next I moved to the wheels,  Continuing the made in the USA theme I laced up a set of Velocity Blunt SS rims to Industry Nine Classic hubs with DT Swiss Competition spokes.  I wrapped the wheels in Schwalbe Hans Damp 2.35 rubber. 

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

The drivetrain is a little bit of a Sram Eagle hodgepodge.  GX shifter, XO rear derailleur, XO cassette, and XX crankset.  Sram Guide RSC brakes handle the stopping with a 180mm rotor in front and a 160mm rotor in back. I had the Race Face Kash Money Atlas bar laying around just begging to go on something for the past year so I figured now was its time to shine.  The Industry Nine A35 is on clamping duty and a sweet SDG Duster saddle sits on top of a Rockshox reverb to round out the cockpit.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG