Honzo CR Trail

Kona Dream Builds: Scott’s Strava Warrior Honzo

Ben Hazell | KONA COG
Ben Hazell | KONA COG

UK Sales Manager Scott Belshaw has been on a health kick recently. As a result, he’s been creeping up those Strava leaderboards when out for a ride. Aspiring to be King of the Climbs, he decided that his Process wasn’t quite the machine he needed and has built himself this pretty sweet looking Honzo CR/DL. His local Trails are far from smooth or easy going though so the Honzo still had to be capable of getting him through the rough stuff!

Ben Hazell | KONA COG

Pretty noticeable straight away is those ice cool Silver Pikes from Rockshox. Scott went on to match these with the Hope Pro 4 Hubs & Hope Crankset/Chainring Combo. The Hubs are laced on to Hope’s brand new Fortus 30 Rims for maximum strength for the Decents that follow the climbs.

Ben Hazell | KONA COG
Ben Hazell | KONA COG

Living in a particularly wet part of the Country, Scott’s aim here was to have super reliable components that’ll see him through the harsh British Winters.

The Stopping and Going are taken care of by Shimano. Scott has spec’d top of the range XTR Brakes and XTR/XT Gearing with a decent sized 11-46t Cassette.

Ben Hazell | KONA COG
Ben Hazell | KONA COG
Ben Hazell | KONA COG
Ben Hazell | KONA COG

UK Trails get pretty muddy so Michelin’s Force Enduros were the Tyre of choice.

Further colour matching was achieved by using Deity’s new Ridgeline 35mm Handlebar, mated to the Kona 35mm Stem. Scott has also fitted the OneUp components Tool System so that he doesn’t need to carry a bag when out on the Honzo.

Ben Hazell | KONA COG
Ben Hazell | KONA COG
Ben Hazell | KONA COG
Ben Hazell | KONA COG

Mountain Bike Action Reviews the Kona Honzo CR Trail Frame Set “The Honzo is Ready to Rip Your Local Trails”


“The Honzo defies the notions that hardtails were only made for racing and training, and delivers a ride experience that is fun. If you are looking for a bike that is simple and just wants to go out and have fun, the Honzo is ready to rip your local trails.”
– Mountain Bike Action

Mountain Bike Action built up a custom Honzo CR Trail at the beginning of summer and they have just posted the review live online at MBAction.com. The MBA testers loveed the everything about the Honzo, how it descended, how it cornered, and how it climbed.

“The Honzo surprised us with how far it could be leaned over in corners. At high speeds, the Honzo could be whipped around in a playful manner and didn’t stray from an inside line. ”

You can check out the full review on MBAction.com here and you can check out the updated Honzo family of bikes here.

Singletrack Magazine Posts Their Honzo CR Trail First Impressions “Who ever said that a hardtail couldn’t be as fun as other trail bikes?”

Wil Barrett at Singletrack magazine has hopped off the Hei Hei Dl and straight on to our Honzo CR Trail DL for his next review. Going by the First Look report he’s posted on the sight he seems pretty damn stoked. We can’t wait to see what he thinks once he’s ridden it!

You can check out the full post here.

Factory Jackson is in awe of the Honzo CR Trail: “The Kona really has encouraged me to ride…”

Andrew Dodd from Factory Jackson has recently published an excellent long term review of our Honzo CR Trail. The Honzo inspired him to get out in sloppy conditions all winter and helped him to push his riding skills – exactly what we were hoping by sending over a long term tester.

“Unlike many hard tails that can feel a bit nervous when the going gets treacherous, the Kona Honzo CR Trail actually has more in common with the way you might ride a jump bike on a section of single track. It’s stiff and really inspiring to ride.”

“Overall – I bloody love this bike. You might have already guessed that.”

Without any doubt, Doddy is impressed! Read his complete long term review at Factory Jackson!