Kona Dream Build

Kona Dream Builds: Chris’s East Coast Ripping Honzo

We just love seeing the way people build up our Honzo’s, whether it’s our classic steel frame, or the newer alloy and carbon models, every single one is a Dream Build. And today we’ve got this very cool build from East Coast bicycle industry veteran Chris Hopwood. Chris wanted something zippy and capable to hit up the local single track where his trail bike was little overkill, this here build is the result of that goal. The complete bike as pictured weighs in at 11.5kgs (25.5lbs), that’s without going crazy with lightweight, blinging parts. This Honzo CR is burly and functional and a daily driver that’s gonna see one heck of a lot of use!  Read on for the full spec details and more photos!

Kicking things off up front is Fox’s new Stepcast Factory 34mm fork in 120mm, the fork weighs in at 1.59 kg and is as stiff Fox’s non Stepcast 34 140mm fork.

A Race Face 50mm Atlas stem holds the matching 35mm Atlas bar while Shimano’s XT Shifters and brake levers keep the cockpit reliable and low key.

The Race Face and Shimano theme continues with the drivetrain out back, Race Face’s carbon Next SL cranks mate up with an 11 speed Shimano XT rear mech while XT stoppers with 160mm rotors slow things down. e*thirteens 31mm wide TRS Race carbon wheels are shod with beefy 2.34 Vitoria 4C Martello’s, look out pesky East Coast rocks!

Fox’s Factory Transfer dropper offers Chris 150mm of height adjustability, the saddle is Fabric’s classic and super popular Scoop.

That is one very cool Honzo!

Kona Dream Builds: Scott’s mix’n’match single speed Explosif

You’ve got to admit that Scott’s steel Explosif is a little bit of a mix’n’match selection of parts. Nothing really goes together on paper with this build, if you were describing how your old orange ANVL stem was going to look rad, matched up to your blue bars and your purple pedals. Well, you just wouldn’t believe it. But there is something about this build, maybe it isn’t a full-blown dream bike, but damn it if I’m not a bit jealous of just indestructible and versatile this thing is. On one ride you can hit the pump track, go for a trail ride, hell I’m sure you could even wind it back and send it down some classic Vancouver stair gaps on the way home.

How would you build a dream Explosif? Let us know over on Facebook or Instagram.

An ANVL cockpit an ESI silicone grips keep the bike pointed in the right direction.

Our new Wah Wah PP Composite pedals keep things moving forward…

…While an old XT crankset and North Shore Billet chainring drive the rear wheel.

Almost slammed out the back.

TRP’s Slate T4 four-piston brakes slow this rig down.

Some “re-branded” Fox 32’s suspend the front end.

 

Kona Dream Builds: Scott Countryman’s Race Ready Process 153 CR DL

We caught up with Flagstaff, AZ-based Kona Global Enduro Rider Scott Countryman after Sea Otter and thought that his race-ready Process 153 CR/DL was a damn dreamy build and well worth sharing with you. Scott manages a full on race season while also working as a mechanic at Flagstaff Bike Revolution in Arizona. His build is a mixture of sponsor’s parts and parts that he knows will go the distance for a privateer racer on a limited budget. Check it out below.

Kicking things off with the drivetrain, Scott is running Shimano XT Di2 combined with MRP’s SXg guide for added chain retention.

Out back, the electronic XT Di2 keeps things shifting smoothly.

The Shimano Di2 cockpit.

Keeping things blue and S themed, Scott has opted for XT stoppers to slow things down.

ESI silicone grips hint at Scott’s XC roots, while the ANVL components equipped cockpit indicates Scott’s current enduro focus.

Grand Junction-based company MRP have been on a roll as of late with their forks, and the burly Ribbon keeps the front end exactly where it should be for Scott.

Like many racers and riders out there looking for reliability and ease of service, Scott has opted for the super popular Wolf Tooth remote…

…paired with the KS Lev Integra seat post.

Scott also runs Ritchey’s Block Lock headset to prevent his bars from spinning and crossing the top tube in a crash.

California based company RideFast look after Scott’s wheel needs, the RideFast SPM 28 hole hubs are laced to the RideFast Hotline rims.

Tire wise, up front, Scott is running WTB’s burly Convict 2.5 TCS Tough casing tire, while out the back he’s rocking a custom cut WTB 2.25 fast rolling Trail Boss, also with WTB’s TCS Tough casing.

Kona Dream Builds: Lauren’s Drool Worthy Hope Tech Dripping Shred 20

Lauren is a seven-year-old little ripper from Ireland. Her Dad, Colin, thought it would be a fun activity to build a custom bike for Lauren. They opted for a Kona Shred 20, and have fully kitted the bike with gorgeous purple anodized parts from Hope. Check out the build and some info from Colin on how and why they built this bike.

 

 

Kona: Why did you decide to do this build for Lauren?

Colin: Lauren was on a 16″ bike for over 3 years and was getting way too big for it. I was planning on getting her a bike for Christmas anyway. I’ve always wanted to put together a super high-end bike and working in a bike shop makes that task easier. When people see it and their jaws drop, they ask me, “Why? It’s only a kids bike,” and I get to say, “Why not? If you could, wouldn’t you?” That’s the main reason why we put this build together- because we could. That and I’m just a big kid myself and really wanted to do something cool like this. 

Kona: What made you choose the Shred 20?

Colin: We’re a Kona dealer at the MBW Bike shop so I know how good the bikes are. On top of that, with the air fork rather then coil makes it easier for me to tune the bike perfectly for Lauren because she’s super light. 

 

Kona This was her first time working on a bike, how did she do?

Colin: She had only ever helped me clean our bikes after a ride, so with no maintenance experience I really threw her in the deep end when I pulled the frame out of the box and said, “We’re going to build a bike together.” She was super excited and really enjoyed it, but I had to double check all the bolts just to be safe! I think I was more excited than she was. 

 

Kona: What made you select the Hope components?

Colin: We’ve worked with Hope on other builds so they were our first choice. You can’t get much better than the parts Hope produce, and with so many colour options it was a no-brainer. They loved the idea. We sent the measurements and in no time a box full of purple parts arrived in the shop. 

Kona: How long has Lauren been riding and what is her favorite kind of trails/paths to ride?

Colin: Lauren was only 1 when she was rolling around on her scooter so she has no problem balancing on anything with wheels. When she was 2 she got a balance bike and in no time was flying down hills and gravel pathways. When she was 4 she got her first pedal bike and within 5 minutes she was pedaling around like she had been on that bike for years. Lauren doesn’t care if she’s on pavement, gravel or dirt, as long as she’s on her bike she’s happy. 

 

Kona: What do you think her next bike will be?

Colin: I’ll probably move her up to a Shed 24″ but who knows? It’ll be another couple of years before she grows out of the Shred 20. I’d love to have her on a cool little 24″ full-sus for the trails (cough, cough, get on it Kona, cough, cough).

Kona: How much fun was this to work on with her?

Colin: It was really great. When we put the bike together she wanted to do everything and fit all the parts. The bigger bike with gears and suspension has really improved her riding so we’re having more fun on the trails together too. It took a few trips for us to get the shots we needed and she really enjoyed scouting for locations. I’ll definitely be working on more projects with her, any excuse to spend more time on our bikes together. 

If the bike itself wasn’t awesome enough, Lauren has been racing the local circuit. This week she finished first among all boys and girls in the under 8 age group. Way to go Lauren! Keep on shredding!

 

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: Josh Cooper Keeps it Local with his Process 153 CR

Josh Cooper is the lead mechanic at Epic Cycles, a bike shop outside of Asheville NC and rides mostly in the backcountry of Pisgah National Forest, famous for its technical terrain and rugged character that can be demanding on equipment. He built up his bike to be light and comfortable enough for all-day rides yet burly and strong enough for the terrain he has in the area.

“Asheville is home to some incredible component manufacturers like Cane Creek and Industry Nine so I tried to highlight those local parts in my build. This bike is the most fun ride I’ve ever had and when I ride it I feel like I can ride anything. It has really opened up my potential as a rider and I can’t wait to see where it takes me.”

Here’s some specs and key details:

Frame: 2018 Process 153 Carbon Large
Fork: Cane Creek Helm Air 160 w/custom gold stickers from Cane Creek- Perfect match
Wheels: Industry Nine Enduro 305 – made right across the street from my house
Drivetrain: Shimano XT 11 speed – tried and true.
Cassette: E*13 Trsr 9-46 – Light weight and massive 512% range
Chain: KMC X11 TiNitride Gold
Cranks: Raceface Next R with Wolftooth 32t Oval ring. Wheels Mfg BB.
Brakes: Shimano XT 180/180
Handlebar: RF SixC 35
Grips: Ergon GE1
Seatpost: KS Lev Intergra 175mm w/ Cane Creek Dropt Lever. Could not resist Salsa Gold Clamp.
Headset: Cane Creek 110 Gold
Pedals: Shimano XTR
Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF 2.6F/2.3R
Shock: Stock RS Deluxe – I’d like to try the Cane Creek Coil[il] when it is available in metric sizing
Weight: 31 lbs

31.01 lbs… With 2.6 rubber and pedals!

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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