Dream Build

Kona Dream Builds: The Return of the King, Caleb’s Process 153 29 CR DL

At 6’4″ I’ve always loved 29ers. I also love lots of travel to make up for my shortcomings as a rider. Oh and I love carbon, partly for the stiffness, but more from aesthetic and design front. So last year when Kona released the G2 Process I was very torn. A carbon 27.5 or an alloy 29? It was a tough call but I ended up opting for the 27.5 CR DL, and I loved every single minute on it, but when Kona released this bike this year there was not even a question about what I was going to ride. This bike ticks every single one of my needs, and don’t get me wrong, the out of the box build needs zero changing. Code RSC’s, RC2 Lyriks, a Super Deluxe out back, a full XO drivetrain and some solid hoops and tires…  I mean really, why would you change anything? Well, I can’t help myself. For starters I have a Chris King addiction, it started a few years ago with a simple headset, then turned into hubs, and if you gonna rebuild your wheels you may as well wack some carbon hoops on too right? And after living in Squamish and being blown away with OneUp Components products and ethics and support of the local trails supporting them seemed like a no-brainer, their EDC tool is a must have and the new cable actuated seat post is trouble free especially for someone that travels with their bike a bunch. Let’s get into the details.


What didn’t get changed? Well, the drivetrain and suspension on this bike are faultless. The Rock Shox Super Deluxe rear shock is perfectly tuned for the Process, even though I’m a big dude, I pretty much never touch the cheater switch (unless it’s a long road climb).


The SRAM XO complete group is another bulletproof item that is absolutely perfect (unless you’re one of those Shimano for life kinds people), shifting is flawless, the Dub BB and cranks have put up with some crazy bad weather already and they just feel so stiff. Plus it’s an XO Shifter, cranks, chain, cassette, and rear mech. No corners cut. I did add a One Up top guide up front.


XO Eagle out back. Flawless.


The bike comes stock with Kona’s in-house 35mm bar and stem. But… I’ve been addicted to the Race Face TurbineR stem for as long as I can remember, actually since before it was even a Race Face product, I’ve been running this stem since Easton introduced the 35m Haven and Havoc standard back in 2012. I figured once I had the stem that matching bar wouldn’t be too bad and the red 820mm Race Face Six C was added. Cut down to 790mm. One Up’s EDC tool is a must have, I have 5 bacon strips and their tire plug kit also installed.


And once that red Race Face bar was added it was a given that I was going include my staple Chris King headset to the mix.


Oh, I love ice cream!


SRAM’s Code RSC’s are hands down the best brakes I’ve EVER used. But I couldn’t help myself and I had to purchase some carbon levers for them. If you don’t know, the Guide and Code brakes share the same lever and you can buy aftermarket carbon ones for Guide Ultimates. There is nothing worse than cold levers on your fingers in winter, it’s a first world problem, but it’s one that I don’t have to deal with anymore!



One Up’s carbon dropper post lever is the lightest on the market and the position is really comfortable, it allows you to really get your thumb around the bar and the throw is super light and requires minimal effort to activate.


I run it at full 170mm height, topped with a carbon railed Volt from WTB. Pretty much the second best seat ever. Hands up who still loves the WTB Silverado?


It goes all the way to S.


And then there are the wheels… Built in my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand by Wheelworks the 30mm internal carbon hoops are laced to a set of Chris King ISO hubs with DT Swiss Aero Light spokes. The build process is insane on these wheels. Check out this story here on what goes into a set of Wheelworks wheels.


The boys at wheelworks love a custom spoke treatment. They even used red nipples!


I’ve been a fan of the WTB Vigilantes tires since they first arrived on the market a few years ago. I’ve solely used the 2.3″ Tough High Grip tire but I thought I’d give this lighter Slash Guard Light casing 2.6″ a crack. So far it has been amazing and I’m yet to flat. The tough casing versions are pretty hefty so saving a little weight with these is welcome. Out the back, I run the OG 2.3″ Vigilante Tough High Grip tire, it’s more like a 2.4″ and hooks up like nothing else.


The revised 2.6″ tread pattern.


Then there are the little things. One Up’s rubber ski straps are a cheap and easy way to attach the tube and Co2.


The Wolftooth x King Morse Cage combines the awesomeness of a King Cage with a huge fore and aft adjustment, allowing you to get the cage super close to the rear shock and increase the room for a big bottle, which I should say fits with plenty of room to spare. It comes in Ti and stainless. I cheaped out and opted for stainless.


Another look sans bottle.


There she is. My Process 153 CR DL 29. Without a doubt the dreamiest bike I’ve EVER owned!

Kona Dream Builds: Garry’s Satori DL

Garry has a history with Kona and a history with the Satori, when he heard that we were planning on bringing back the model he knew he had to get his hands on one.


Seven years ago he bought the first edition of the Satori, it was on this bike that he completed the 2012 BC Bike Race, a proper bucket list event and a week that Garry will never forget. The bike had a good race career back in Ireland afterwards in local enduro events before being placed aside.

“I remember the bike as a great all-rounder with a suspension set-up that was ideal for Irish riding conditions. I have lots of memories wrapped up in the Satori and couldn’t wait to get my hands on the new one.”

Garry has customized his Satori DL with the same component mix as on many of his previous Kona builds.

The cockpit consists of Kona bars clamped by a Hope Stem paired with the trusty Hope headset to keep out the Irish weather. Ergon grips and saddle complete the contact points along with CrankBrothers Mallet E pedals. The drivetrain is SRAM Eagle 1 x 12 turned by Hope Cranks on a Hope BB.

There’s a CrankBrothers Highline dropper post held in place by a Hope seatclamp.

An RRP front mudguard keeps the worst of the dirt off and he’s tweaked the fork performance with an MRP Ramp Control cartridge.

Braking is done via by Hope tech 3 levers biting on Hope floating rotors. Wheels are Reynolds Black Label rims on i9 Hubs. Maxxis Minion Semi Slick rear tyre and DHF 2.3 front filled with Orange Seal sealant.

Kona Dream Builds

Do you have a stunning, custom Kona? Does it have custom parts or maybe a special paint job? We’d love to see it! We’re looking for submissions for Dream Build feature that we share on the Cog and on our social channels. While we know everyone loves their Kona, we’re looking for people who take the extra step in making their bike truly unique.

If you’ve got something special, let’s see it! Upload your Dream Builds to Facebook or Instagram with the tag #KonaDreamBuilds and if it fits the criteria we’ll reach out to you for details!

Check out some examples:

This gorgeous Rove LTD

Or this killer Honzo ST

or this pumpkin Operator

We’ve got more Dream Builds coming soon! Could yours be next?

Kona Dream Builds: Darryl’s Detailed Honzo St

Darryl’s immaculate and incredibly detailed Honzo St build is the result of what he calls “the longest demo ever”. Whilst riding his two buddies Honzo’s, Darryl had plenty of time to contemplate what his dream build would look like. The result is one of the most dialed and tidiest steel Honzo builds we have seen. The beauty really is in the details on this one. Read on for to find out about Darryl’s motivation, a full set of build photos as well as the bikes complete component list.

Darryl’s Honzo ST in its current configuration.

After years of riding carbon everything cross-country race bikes, a buddy let me ride his Kona Honzo ST. Needless to say, I’m a lucky guy with good friends. Two of my buddies had Honzos and before I built my own I put about 450 miles on them combined. Basically, it was the longest demo ever and really helped me determine how exactly I wanted to build mine. I pieced together all the parts, paying close attention to the details all the way down to the Paragon Machine Works cable guides, Shimano’s I-Spec II system, heat shrink to keep the cockpit clean and tidy, and custom frame matching rim decals. As great as the bike looks, it rides so much better. From local after work dirt therapy sessions to shredding big mountain backcountry epics, this thing rides so amazingly. I raced it in my local enduro series this past year and ended up taking the overall in Master Men 30-39. The Honzo can hold it’s own against full-on enduro race bikes. For my annual bike trip this year I headed to Oregon and Washington and the bike felt immediately at home in the loam. The way it handled the trails in Oakridge was just incredible, even at the tail end of the famed “17k in a Day” ride. I love this bike!

Full build list:
Frame 2017 Kona Honzo ST Large
Fork RockShox Pike RCT3 140mm Boost
Headset Cane Creek 40
Handlebar Renthal Fatbar Carbon 780mm 10mm Rise
Stem Renthal Apex 31mm
Grips Ergon GE1 (Now Ergon GD1)
Brakes Shimano XT M8000 200mm/180mm Freeza Rotors
Shifters Shimano XT M8000
RD Shimano XT M8000 GS
Guide OneUp Components BB Mount
Cranks Shimano XT M8000 Boost 175mm/34t XT Chainring
BB Shimano XT M8000
Chain Shimano XTR HG-901
Cassette Shimano XT M8000 11-46
Pedals Shimano XT Trail
Front Rim Stan’s NoTubes ZTR Flow MK3 32 Hole
Rear Rim Stan’s NoTubes ZTR Flow MK3 32 Hole
Hubs DT Swiss 350 Centerlock Boost
Spokes DT Swiss Competition
Front Tire Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.35 (Now Maxxis Minion DHF 3C 2.3)
Rear Tire Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.35 (Now Maxxis Aggressor DD 2.3)
Saddle fi’zi:k Tundra M1
Seatpost Fox Transfer Performance 150mm
Clamp Chromag NQR

 

Kona Dream Builds: Todd’s Jealousy inducing Carbon Honzo

We are not about to make any wild assumptions about Todd, the owner of this jealousy-inducing carbon Honzo CR Trail DL, but here at Kona just love it when people pour there personality and riding style into their custom bike builds. Whether it’s subtly updating one of our complete bikes or building a bike fresh from the ground up, the finished build tells you so much about the rider and their riding style (or the style they want to emulate). When we spied this amazing build on the OCCP Instagram page we were all gobsmacked and wanted to know more about the owner and his motivations for putting this beautiful Honzo together.  We reached out to Jared at The Oak City Cycling Project in Raleigh, NC and he had this to say.

“This was a build we did for a friend and customer at our shop, The Oak City Cycling Project (Raleigh, NC). His name is Todd Hancock. He has been mountain biking his whole life and was super excited to go from riding a Moots rigid single speed to this Honzo that we finished up for him in time for this Christmas. He loves classic bikes, hence the silver touches, Onza gum walls, and some of the USA made cockpit items as well and those silver Industry9 hubs we laced to Velocity blunt SS rims. Got to represent NC as much as we can with our custom builds (the color is also very Carolina sky blue). The Flite saddle is my favorite touch.”

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