I should probably start this Dream Build post with an apology. You see, Ted submitted his very custom 2012 Big Unit months ago but then it got lost in my inbox. He sent me a friendly reminder last week and I’ve dug up the images and now you get to see Ted’s Big Unit Dream Build. Sorry Ted and to Kona Dream Build Fans that this extremely custom Kona Unit took so long to make it to you!
Ted’s 29er Big Unit is from 2012 and is made from Kona Scandium 69 butted tubing and is set up to run both 27.5″ plus and 29″ x 2.4″. He’s painted the bike himself in Black Chrome and he even made up the custom gold Kona Cog head badge just for this build.
The fork is a carbon Whiskey No.9 with 100mm spacing and 15mm thru-axle. The cockpit consists of a Chris King InSet 2, our in-house Kona XC/BC DLX 31.8mm x 80mm stem with a Niner Flat Top Carbon 720mm bar. Deity Enoki grips finish it off complete with OG OID lock-on end-caps.
The one geared Unit is propelled by a Shimano XTR M960 crankset from 2003 (the one with three different bolt patterns), Ted has “customized” it, cutting the big chainring tabs cut off, and then sanding and polishing them to a mirror finish. The chainring is a 32T Blackspire Super Pro (4 bolt x 102bcd).
The Gold KMC X9L Ti chain drives an 18T Surly cog. The seat post is a Thomson Elite setback with a Selle Italia Flite OG ’90s saddle and a King stainless steel bottle cage. Shimano XT RT86 6 Bolt Ice-Tech 160mm rotors and matching levers slow things down.
As pictured the bike is set up in its 27.5 guise. The rear wheel is built around a 135mm Chris King hub with Funbolts (the OG version with the removable disc rotor adaptor), the rim is a 322 hole DT Swiss FR 570 with three-cross lacing and features 33mm outer 29mm inner width. Spokes are DT Swiss Competition with DT Swiss alloy nipples. They are set up tubeless with 3.5oz Orange sealant 1tbls gold glitter. The front wheel is a 24 hole Roval Traverse alloy also laced three-cross/radial lacing, to a 15mm Roval hub. Both tires are set up with Schwalbe Nobby Nic’s 27.5″ x 2.8″, with Ted’s “customized” nob trimming on the rear.
When the bike is set up in 29″ (not pictured) the Wheel details are as follows.
Hubs: Shimano XT M8000 Centerlock , Rear XTR M988 Ti Freehub, 135mm, Halo XL Hex-Key skewer, Front 15mm thru-alex
Rims: Stan’s Arch 32 hole Three-cross lacing, 24.4mm outer 19mm inner width
Spokes: DT Swiss Competition, Dt Swiss alloy nipples
Tubeless Setup: Stan’s NoTubes rim tape, 3.5oz Stan’s sealant 1tlbs red glitter
Tires: WTB TrailBoss 29″ x 2.4″