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Video: Ice Fishing with Aggy POV

Back in early January, Aggy headed out to The Farm in Kamloops. It was the first snow ride of the season and a solid crew showed up to shuttle laps in The Farm‘s winter ‘Burb (an old 4×4 Chevy Suburban with full chains and an internal wood stove!). Aggy was riding his custom painted Trout bike, a 2015 26″ carbon Operator, built up with Maxxis beavers (in the Exo sidewall) with custom studs, up on Novatec demon wheels and hubs. The bike is kitted with SRAM and RockShox head to toe as well and has a Kore cockpit, Sensus grips and HT pedals.

Aggy sets up the studded Maxxis Beavers himself. After drilling holes from the outside in, various length sheet metal screws are then inserted from the inside out of the tire. A standard tube pumped to 60 PSI then provides solid traction, flats are rare and Aggy says that these studded tires still weigh less than his summertime DH setup.

The Trout bike in all its Rainbow glory, painted by Vancouver legend Painthouse Customs

That paint though… If Aggy keeps repurposing his old 26″ bikes like this, then #26aintdead.

Ti Tuesday: Alan’s zippy Single Speed Ti Raijin

Alan’s Ti Raijin isn’t a big showy head turner of a bike. It’s been built up as durable zippy single speed for Alan’s local trails at Sports Swap in Toronto. Closer inspection reveals a thoughtful parts selection that will truly go the distance and perhaps last as long as this Raijin Ti frame will. The Stan’s Crest wheels laced to Paul Components hubs are a case in point. The Cane Creek 110 headset and Spank Subrosa bars are another.  The smattering of SRAM and Avid bits and pieces show their age, but also an element of if it ain’t broke… The carbon Truvative XO cranks (with North Shore Billet spider and ring), Avid Juicy Ultimates and 100m Reba forks are all super solid and reliable choices that round out this solid single speed steed.

Fat-Bike.com Reviews the Kona Wozo “Kona has proven once again that they have some of the most capable and enabling bikes”

“It is capable of handling some of the most aggressive trails with its burly spec and near perfect geometry taken from its skinny brother, Honzo.” – Aristotle Peters

Aristotle Peters from Fat-Bike.com has spent the last few months riding our Kona Wozo around his snow-covered Wisconsin trails. To say he gets the bike would be a bit of an understatement, with a Kona Honzo as his personal bike, Aristotle found the transition to the Wozo seamless and could not help but get playful on it.

“The short chainstays had me wanting to bring the front end up and pop off of everything.  Hopping on the Wozo is easier than any fat-bike I have ridden and will give any rider more confidence in their abilities.”

You can read Aristotle’s full review on Fat-Bike.com here.

Kona Dream Builds: Chuck Passe’s Radient Big Honzo

Chuck Passe’s luminous orange Big Honzo is hard to miss. The 2017 Big Honzo frame was custom painted* in Rockstar Sparkle Orange by Josh Putnam at Coating Source, with the emphasis heavy on the sparkle. All the Kona logos and branding are knocked out and show the raw alloy under the paint. The build itself turns just as many heads as the finish, with the blue and orange theme resonating throughout. Being the general manager at Blue Line Bike Lab in Houston, Texas meant Chuck cut zero corners in spec’ing this beauty up.

Photos: Chad Mcclain Check him out on Instagram here.


The wheels are WTB Scraper I40 rims laced to Hope Pro 4 Hubs, The large burly hoops are shod with Maxxis Rekon+ 2.8 tires and the front end is suspended on Manitou’s Magnum Pro 27.5+.


Clearly, a bunch of thought has gone into this drivetrain, a Shimano XTR Shifter and rear derailleur handle shifting duties while a Wolf Tooth Components GC45 Range Extender has been added to the cassette. Race Face Next SL cranks combined with an Absolute Black Boost Oval chainring and Blue KMC X11SL chain transfer the power and you can’t see that it runs on possibly the best BB in the world from Enduro.


HT’s T1 pedals in blue.


Magura’s MT8 Next brakes and a whole bunch of Ti bolts take care of slowing this rig down.


Even in the age of droppers, nothing beats the pure sex appeal of a Thomson Masterpiece seatpost, this one is finished off with a WTB Volt Team 135 saddle and Hope seatpost clamp.


More blue and even more CNC alloy from the UK! Race Face’s Next 35 Carbon Bar attaches to the bike via the always rad Hope Freeride 35mm Stem, and Hope headset. Ergon GD1 Grips are finished off with more goodnes in the way of Hope Grip Doctor Bar Plugs.

*Unless your repainting is done by an authorized Kona painter you will lose your lifetime coverage.