Kona Dream Build

Kona Dream Builds: Weird Science – Daryl Ong’s Process CR DL 29

If you have a Kona Dream Build to share with us, adding the hashtag #KonaDreamBuilds is a sure fire way to get it under our noses. Daryl’s impeccable Process CR DL build showed up last week on three different Instagram accounts, which were all tied in some way to Singapore based Kona dealer Attitude Bikes. We reached out to store owner Walton Seah for a bit of info on this build and he more than obliged, snapping a very cool set of photos to boot.

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This build started after a Process 153 CR DL frame showed up for one of our supported riders, Daryl Ong, who races local DH and shreds our regional bike parks. In conjunction with BikeTechnics, the local distributor for Kona Bikes, we decided to kick off a project for #KonaDreamBuilds through our #ABConceptualisedBuilds programme that started early this year focusing on the needs of customers, balancing the wants and making them look like one hell of a ride.

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With Daryl’s weight slightly over 100kg (220lbs) both the shock and fork have been tuned and reworked out of the box with different oil weights (to give better mid-stroke support) and Wayne Suspension Service (WSS) Low Friction Seals. We even gave the Reverb the WSS Low Friction treatment.

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The bike is tricked out with all our in-house brands like Magura, One Up Components, and Atomlab. Being a brand ambassador for Atomlab Components, Daryl gets a whole lot of Atomlab love. Stem, bars, pedals, 102 engagement hubs and carbon rims. The wheels are custom built from the ground up for Darryl, and each spoke is tensioned evenly at 140kgf (=/-3kgf) to support his aggressive riding and his weight and racing style. The bike is also sporting our very own limited edition Mica Red Magura MT7 calipers and levers.

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We also opted for Sram XO1 11speed in red instead of the new 12speed Eagle as Daryl finds the extra range a little too much especially the possible chain slaps on those DH and park runs.

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Last but not least, the bike is wrapped in full automotive grade Oracal stone guard clear film that has been custom cut by hand to protect the original paint. We had the brand logo decals printed and applied on the chainstay to show off whom he is representing.

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Caleb Smith | KONA COG

Frame: Kona Process 153 CF Large
Fork: Rockshox Lyrik – Reworked internals and WSS seals
Shock: Super Deluxe – Reworked internals and WSS seals
Dropper: Rockshox Reverb 150mm with 1x trigger – Full WSS Seals
Headset: Reset Racing
Seat Clamp: Reverse Components in anodized red
Group set: SRAM XO1 11 speed, 170mm crank arm length, 32T chainring.
Saddle: Fabric Scoop Slim in Red
Stem: Atomlab SL 35mm clamp and length
Bar: Atomlab CFR Carbon 35mm/ 780mm width 9/5 degrees
Pedal: Atomlab TrailKing
Wheelset: Atomlab CFR Carbon 29″ rims, Phil Wood 14G spokes, anodized red Atomlab Torque nipples, Custom gloss red Atomlab Decals, Atomlab 102 engagement boost hubs.
Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5″WT front and Maxxis Aggressor 2.3″ rear.
Brakes: Magura MT7 PRO, custom Attitude Bikes edition Mica Red calipers and red essence decals for the levers. Magura SL Rotor 203 front and 180mm rear.
Others: OneUp Components Chainguide, EDC top cap and toolkit, 70cc Pump and Fabric Bottle.

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Kona Dream Builds: Purp ‘n’ Turq – Nick’s Custom Process CR

A few weeks back we showed you Craig Folsom’s sweet Process CR DL 29 Dream Build, well, today you get Nick’s Process CR 29. Nick is the other half of the Lost Co Race Team with Craig and like his racing partner, he is sporting one very rad Process.

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Nick grew up racing motocross, enduro/hare-scrambles, and riding BMX. “I had tried mountain bikes a few times briefly, but never really got into it.” In 2016 he bought a used Kona Kahuna frame, built it up super cheap and fell in love with it. He then met some guys that loaned him a DH bike and he went to a NW Cup Downhill race where he took first in CAT 2, at his first ever Mtb race! At that point, he was hooked.

“Last year I bumped up to Pro and switched to Enduro, now going into this season riding for Kona it’s like it all came full circle. I’m so proud to represent the company!”

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If you hadn’t noticed, Nicks bike is covered in custom decals from Stickers For Days. The original Dark Seafoam logos have all been replaced with Purple and the bike has affectionally been dubbed Purp ‘n’ Turq. The purple doesn’t stop at the decals though, the Deity Cavity Stem is channeling some 90’s radness as are the Industry Nine Torch hubs.

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There’s some subtle purple hiding on the Cascade racing Designs hoops.

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Stopping comes courtesy of TRP’s powerful D-Spec DH brakes.

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Team Sponsor Cascade Racing Designs provide the bar, while Deity grips and a Deity Speedtrap saddle complete the cockpit.

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The Lost Co Ground Keeper fender.

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Purp ‘n’ Turq runs the bikes stock Rock Shox suspension and Maxxis tires.

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Stickers for Days

Ready to start your own Dream Build? Find the Process 153 CR 29 on the Kona Ride Online!

Kona Dream Builds: Jef’s Out of the Blue Process CR 275

Here at Kona Dream Builds, we love… Well, we love all Kona Dream Builds. Sometimes though, finding just the right amount of color coordination can be a balancing act, those blue or orange brake lines just might be a step too far. Well, that’s not the case here with Jef’s perfectly color matched Process CR 275 that the boys at Comox Bike Co have put together, amongst all the upgrades there is just the right amount of very subtle pops of the bikes original ice blue highlight.

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Interestingly, the only other color option that Race Face’s SixC cranks come in is a blue, yet Jef smartly opted for the stock silver.

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The stock SRAM NX Eagle drive train has been swapped out for an XX1 rear mech and XX1 gold chain. SRAM’s powerful and reliable Guide Ultimate brakes have been added for a little extra power.

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Mmmm, gold.

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The Process rolls on Santa Cruz Reserve 30s (with custom ice blue decals) built around DT Swiss 350 hubs. Both front and rear wheels are rocking Maxxis Minion DHFs.

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Again, when faced with the option of adding color by way of the Race Face SixC bars, Jef has kept things subtle and gone for the silver again, choosing to add a subtle splash of color with the One Up toll EDC top cap.

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If you haven’t got an EDC tool in your steerer you’re not doing it right. Jef clearly knows what’s up, the Chris King InSet2 headset is a testament to that also.

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While the rear Rock Shox Super Deluxe shock has been left stock, Jef has added an RCT3 damper to the bikes Rock Shox Lyrik, and the final pop of ice blue comes via another must-have accessory, a Marsh Guard.

Like what you see? You can purchase your very own Process CR 275 from your local Kona Dealer or depending on where you love via Kona Ride Online.

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Kona Dream Builds: Grassroots Cycles Custom Steel Honzo

The crew at Grass Roots Cycles in Grand Junction, CO have whipped up this subtle yet very rad custom steel Honzo for one of their customers. After spying it on their Instagram feed we just had to share the finished build with you. It’s got a little local flavor to it as well as a bit of bling and then some basic get it done functionality.

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Being from Grand Junction it would have been rude not to build this bike up with a fork from local company MRP. The Ramp controlled MRP Ribbon fork ads some serious squish up front.

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Cable guides on point.

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And for the bling, a sultry Deity bar, stem and grip combo. Magura MT7’s keep speed in check, not that brakes are needed out at 18 Road.

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We can’t not mention that cable routing, this bike was built with LOVE.

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Hand-built DT Swiss EX511’s are shod with set of Maxxis Minion DHRII/DHF’s while up and downness is provided by X Fusion’s reliable Manic dropper post.

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Thanks to trickle down tech, this Honzo is running SRAM’s affordable wide range SRAM GX Eagle drive train.

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You don’t need to break the bank to put together your Dream Build.

Kona Dream Builds: Mark’s Appalachian 27.5 Kona Process

The coolest thing about east coast Kona dream builds is the fact that they are almost always dripping in local parts from companies like Industry Nine and Cane Creek. Mark’s Appalachian ripping 27.5 Kona Process CR DL is no exception. We don’t have a whole bunch of photos, but thanks to the crew at Back Alley Bikes in Carrborro, NC for supplying the built info, we can confirm, without a shadow of a doubt that Marks build is damn dreamy.

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A full 11 speed XTR drivetrain propels the bike, Mark has opted for 170mm cranks up front to keep rock strikes to a minimum. A One Up 32t chainring keeps the chain in place and One Up’s alloy pedals keep Marks feet planted.

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Keeping things local, the bike features Cane Creek’s popular Helm Air 170mm fork up front. The wheels are a full Industry Nine Enduro 305 Hydra setup shod with Maxxis DHf and DHRII tires .

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Out back you’ll find more Cane Creek, this tie in the form of the Double Barrel Coil.

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Keeping things blue, stopping (or slowing down) is thanks Shimano XTR brakes, with 180mm rotors.

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A matching green Industry Nine A35 stem holds a Race Face Atlas 35mm bar while Senus Lite grips hold Marks hands in place.

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A Bike Yoke Revive 185mm seatpost keeps things going up and down smoothly while Cane Creek’s legendary 110 headset keeps the east coast wetness at bay, the build is rounded out with Fabric’s Scoop Race Shallow saddle.

Looking to build your own Process Dream Build? Hit up Kona Ride Online now and order yours today.

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Kona Dream Builds: Murray’s Shonky is a Weapon of Dirt Destruction

We’ve already seen one extremely rad Shonky build come out of UK dealer Harts Cyclery. Well now it’s official. With Murray‘s bike, Harts is now two for two. These guys definitely hit it out of the park with this classy Shonky ST.

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Murray’s weapon of a bike has some seriously cool touches that add up to one crazy light dirt jumper/park bike. The whole thing weighs in at just 25lbs 8oz (11.56kg) and that might due to these Race Face SixC carbon cranks.

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The back end is slammed (would you have it any other way).

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Hope’s burly Pro 4 trials hub handles the single gear.

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More Hope matchiness up front with another Pro 4 hub. This one is bolted to a set of Rock Shox Pike DJ’s

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Keeping it UK, Murray has kept the Hope theme going with the rims and opted for a set of Hope Tech DH hoops. These are shod with Maxxis DTH tires front and rear.

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Stopping is a classy affair and another spot where saving weight has kicked in. There are no parts bin stoppers here. Murray has opted for a SRAM Guide Ultimate (the one with the carbon lever) rear brake with a 140mm rotor.

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That’s enough brake line there for at least two bar spins or tailwhips. Looks like Murray is planning on getting zesty on this thing.

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Oh look, more Race Face. The cockpit is running the Canadian brands legendary Atlas bar and stem combo.

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Out back you will find even more weight savings courtesy of Race Face. The SDG I-beam saddle is attached to a cut down Race Face SixC carbon seat post.

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You can’t tell us that you aren’t going to dream about this serious whip tonight. I can’t think of a single thing I’d do differently (well maybe some Maxxis DTH’s instead of the Ikons). I’m salivating just typing this up.

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Caleb Smith | KONA COG

Kona Dream Build x Ti Tuesday: Teemu’s Monstercross’n Ti Raijin

Boy do we have a special treat today, it’s a combined Ti Tuesday With Kona and a Kona Dream Build post. I think it’s safe to say that Teemu’s rig is one unique bike, I highly doubt there are any other Ti Raijins rocking drop bars and a lefty!

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I cycle all year round. In Finland, seasonal variations are big, so I require my bikes to have the ability to transform. In the summer I especially like riding in the countryside along small sandy roads and singletrack. I wanted my bike to have a suspension fork to add a little comfort and the Cannondale Lefty was the only option.

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I find cyclocross tires too narrow tires for my use, about three years ago i began dreaming of a building a wide-tire drop bar gravel bike. I started by trying to build a gravel bike on my old Cannondale F4000 frame, and of course with Lefty! It was a great bike. Armed with this success I knew I wanted to take the gravel bike to the next level and decided to get a Titanium frame.

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I knew what I wanted and started a new gravel project. Finding the right frame and the Lefty fork kit took time. In June 2018, I finally found a suitable frame, a 2014 Ti Raijin and I was able to start the build. In August, I took it for its first test ride and I discovered that this is ’it’! My dreambuild.

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The drive train consists of a SRAM X01 crankset and 11 speed rear derailleur.

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Mounted to that seriously flared Salsa Woodchipper 2 bar you’ll find SRAM’s Force 22 hydraulic Brakes and shifter. The bars are wrapped in Brooks leather bar tape. And we simply can’t ignore that Cannondale Lefty PBR 90 fork with custom decals of course. The 30th-anniversary head badge and Chris King headset, keep things classy.

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The wheels are Industry Nine Torch hubs laced to MCarbon (Nextie) rims. A set of 700 x 45C WTB Riddler tan walls complete the package.

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Stopping comes courtesy of SRAM’s Force 22 brakes and a Hope floating disc rotor. Sixpack Racing’ Chopstix skewers keep the purple theme rolling.

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Given it has drop bars, it should really follow the rules, luckily it does and the curtains match the drapes thanks to this rad Brooks Cambium C15 saddle.

Kona Dream Builds: Jarrod’s Well Loved Humu Humu Nuku Nuku Apua’A Deluxe Has Seen Things

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Jarrod‘s Kona Dream Build Submission came via Instagram and looked intriguing from the start. We love Humu‘s (well we love all Kona’s) and this one appeared like it was getting some serious use and abuse in and around Moab. After reaching out to Jarrod for a few extra photos and a bit more information on the build we got a small essay on the life of the bike (and the life of Jarrod) since its purchase in 2007. So without further ado we’ll hand this over to Jarrod.

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I have owned this ride since new, purchased in 2007 from Bicycle World of Louisiana when I was living and wrenching down there after hurricane Katrina. I registered it with the NOPD, when the number of my year of birth was coming close to circulation, 1979. Its New Orleans roots are what inspired the headset, what I like to call the Mardi Gras King, Black, Green Purple and Gold pieced together not purchased, dont think that color combo was ever available from Chris King. (random side note, I helped dig and construct a dirt jump park with the local MTB chapter NOMAMBA that was funded by a grant from Kona during the grassroots Kona Jump Park days)

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I was drawn to the Humu when we received two in the shop, mostly due to the adjustable dropouts with disc brakes and the additional mid tube that just screamed Klunker to me! It was almost identical to the singlespeed Kona Unit but it had discs! I originally purchased it as a commuter, installed fenders and swapped the BMX bars for a more traditional riser bar. 

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Over the years it has seen many miles, I was living car-less and towing a bob trailer for grocery and laundry duties in its early years. Took it out for a self-supported weekend touring around central Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire, about 180 miles of country roads averaging 11mph… it was fun! I had done some minor upgrades like tires, custom color chains, small things to customize it like the built-in tensioner using a headset bolt, v-brake washers and a nut to lock it down.

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Then in 2013, I entered the Red Bull Road Rage event held in Georgetown, CO. I gave it a decent facelift to compete, including sourcing a derailleur hanger equipped dropout, 1×9 drivetrain that was road oriented with an 11-27t cassette, and skinny 26×1.5″ tires. I ended being the only 26″ bike that qualified for the finals, top 16, all others were on 700c road bikes! The Humu and I made a couple appearances in the official vid, wearing my girls pink skid lid and all! (https://youtu.be/gblfrn%lpJ4)

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Fast forward to 2015 and I found myself back in Massachusetts caring for my Mother and riding the MTB trails I grew up on with it, after installing a 100mm travel Fox Vanilla to handle the rocks and roots that is! After my Mom passed, we went back to Colorado, and I decided to stop riding it on the trails so much due to abuse that CO will deal out and built a full squish to ride offroad and went back to rigid singlespeed with the Kona.

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Caleb Smith | KONA COG

The parts and pieces have changed many times, so it’s difficult to give an exact purpose in which it was built for, one thing I love about it is the versatility, but I have always tried to keep it on the Klunker side of things. In its current build, the most recent epic adventure it has embarked on was a White Rim lap in a day, my first offroad century! Fully rigid single speed, 100 miles of doubletrack, 6,000ft of elevation gain, that was epic indeed. I have also taken it up onto Slickrock from town, and ridden it up Amasa Back then down Rockstacker and Jackson trails, both while rigid and one geared.

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Caleb Smith | KONA COG

The build isn’t all top of the line parts, but I do try to make upgrades as I go, I love throwing random parts on it and changing it up from time to time. I would love to upgrade the wheelset as they are the originals to the bike, but other than that I am really happy with its current setup! As you can tell, it has led a long life and is quite weathered, no, make that Well Loved 🙂

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Frame: 2005 Kona Humu Humu Nuku Nuku Apua’A Deluxe – it still glows in the dark 🙂
Fork: Kona Project 2 26″ Disc
Headset: Mardi Gras themed Chris King NoThreadset
Stem: Thomson 6-bolt BMX Stem
Handlebar: Oddity Cycles custom riser bar
Grips: Lizard Skins Peaty Grips
Brakes: Avid Juicy 5Front
Hub: Stock Disc Hub converted to solid axle to prevent theft (Bolt-on instead of QR)
Rear Hub: Stock SS Disc hub
Rims: Alex DM-24
Tires: DMR Supermoto 26×2.4 Skinwall
Freewheel: 18t fine engagement, mfr unknown
Chain: KMC Z-410 Black – Half-linked to tuck rear wheel
Chainring: Race Face 32t 
Crankset: Truvativ Stylo
Bottom Bracket: GXP
Pedals: Shimano DX 636
Seatpost: Bear Bone Ti Pro Lite Scandium
Saddle: Vintage Kona Race Light

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Caleb Smith | KONA COG

Kona Dream Builds: Anthony’s Versatile Quiver Killing Honzo ST

24-year-old Anthony Bacon grew up in Eastern Wisconsin, and he’s been living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for about five and half years. He graduated from Michigan Technological University and works as a mechanical engineer and am still wrenches part-time at Rhythm Bike & Board.

Steel hardtails are pretty popular among the shop employees. When the purple colorway Honzo ST was released, almost all of us ordered a frame. I received my frame just before Frostbike 2018 and caught wind of the Helm 29 that was not yet available. I waited for that while scheming the rest of the build. I got anxious and made a quick 2D CAD drawing to determine which sized fork, and stem to run, how long of a dropper I could afford, and to dial in my spacer stack.

Living in Houghton, I ride shuttles up to three times/week. I built up the bike with that in mind and wanted to experiment with additional low-slung weight, high(er) volume tires, and additional wheel weight, thinking these would all give additional stability through the rough stuff. Originally, the bike was set up single-speed with a Shadow Conspiracy half-link chain and a Platinum Deity sprocket. One day I decided that I really wanted to ride this bike on an endurance ride with some buddies so I cobbled together a parts bin drivetrain (only thing I had to order was the chainring spider) and haven’t gone back to SS. The heavy wheels really don’t pedal well at a gearing suitable for shuttling.

I built the Honzo up bulletproof, simple, and put my money where it mattered for a shuttle bike. Stout rims, reliable hubs, easily serviceable cranks, very adjustable and serviceable fork, etc. Making minor adjustments has been a constant process which hasn’t ended yet. The Honzo offers a great platform to adjust rear center and I left extra steerer tube length so I could play with stack height and so the fork length was quickly adjustable etc.

This has been my favorite bike I’ve owned yet, and certainly a quiver killer. My carbon trail bike I picked up last winter sat idle most of the summer, all I wanted to do was ride my Honzo. I will be making a few changes before spring, I’ll likely switch to Chromag OSX bars, bump up to 203/180mm rotors, throw in some tire inserts, and potentially swap out the tires WTB’s Vigilante 2.5 and a Trail Boss 2.4, and a fresh rear rim (still holds air, just dented to hell).

This past fall, my buddy Eric Isaacs and I flew out to OR, shipped our bikes, he bought a 1995 Isuzu Trooper, and we drove back to MI over the course of a week with our matching Honzos, riding everywhere we could along the way.

Specs below:
Frame: 2018 Honzo ST (M)
Fork: Cane Creek Helm 29 Air 140mm
Crank: Deity Vendetta
Chainring: Raceface NW 30T Purple
BB: Deity
Pedals: Kona Wah Wah II Plastic Purple
Sram: Something out of my misc chain bin – well used xx1 I believe
Cassette: Sunrace 11-42 11s
RD: Sram NX 11s
Shifter: Sram GX 11s
Brakes: TRP Slate G-Spec
Rotors: Shimano XT 180/160 CL
Headset: Cane Creek 40
Handlebars: Deity Skyline 787 Platinum – cut to 770mm
Stem: Deity Copperhead 35mm Platinum
Dropper: RaceFace Aeffect 150mm
Dropper Lever: RaceFace Turbine
Grips: ODI Longneck
Saddle: 1989 Selle Itala Flite Titanium
Hubs: DT Swiss 350 CL 54T Star Ratchet
Rims: Velocity Blunt 35
Front Tire: Teravail Kennebec 29×2.6
Rear Tire: Maxxix Rekon 29×2.6

Kona Dream Builds: Matt’s Honzo ST Can See the Forest and the Trees

Matt Harris is no stranger to Kona. Before immigrating to Canada he was one of New Zealand’s OG freeriders pioneering massive drops and super tech lines in and around his home town of Auckland on his old Kona Stinky. These days he splits his time between slinging icecreams with his wife Katie at Squamish institution Alice and Brohm and trail building on the Sunshine Coast. The guy still shreds on a bike, in fact, we featured his alloy DL Process on Kona Dream Builds a little while back and you may have even seen him in a Kona Process advert back in 2017! Anyhow, he’s had a Honzo in his quiver for a quite a while, but decided it was time to update his old non-boost version for the latest 2019 frame.  Matt and his Honzo can definitely see the forest AND the trees.

Like Matt, this bike is a brawler. Matt can ride faster than you can on this hardtail and that ain’t no joke. Long high speed days in Squamish require a solid build and Matt kicks that off with a set of Light Bike carbon rims laced to a set of Industry 9 Torch hubs. The fork is a 130m Pike with One Up’s tool-less axle.

A long time Shimano fan Matt is running XTR out back.

And a Race Face One-Up combo up front. You can’t see the Hope sealed bearing 30mm BB but you can see the One Up alloy pedals.

Keeping things local Matt has matched the best stem in the world (a 32mm Race Face Turbine R) with a Chromag BZA bar. Stopping is again a Shimano affair with XTR levers upfront.

And Saint calipers out back.

The 130mm Rock Shox Pike is held in place by a 2º Works Components angle set. There are more parts from Squamish based One Up up here as well, with an EDC tool installed in the steerer and One Up’s carbon dropper post lever…

…connected to the 185mm drop Bike Yoke Revive dropper post

Matt loves his one off decals and before having the whole thing custom wrapped by Ride Wrap in Whistler, he made a bunch of custom graphics.

For more rad custom Kona bikes, check out our Kona Dream Builds archives and the #KonaDreamBuilds tag on Instagram.
If you have a custom Kona that you think deserves to be featured on the Kona Cog simply tag it on Instagram or Facebook with #KonaDreamBuilds, if we select it you’ll also get one of these super sweet Kona Dream Build patches in the mail!

Kona Dream Builds: Jouko’s 2012 Honky Inc Slays All Roads

We featured Jouko‘s head-turning retro Killer Kilauea a few weeks back, well he’s back at it, this time with a Kona from a completely different century! Hi Sweet Honky Inc frame was purchased via Fillarikellari in Helsinki where Jouko works. “I found out that Kona Europe still had one of these six-year-old framesets in stock, most likely all alone waiting for me in a dimly lit dusty corner of a warehouse. The frame ticked all the boxes plus the size was perfect for me so I had to get it.”

The best roads are usually the ones in the worst condition. For the last few years, my old road bike has been a permanent fixture in our living room while I’ve been riding my cyclocross bike. I wanted to build a sort of an all-road bike with best features of the two, basically a fast enough bike I could ride all day, every day. I wanted the bike to have a steel frame, preferably a carbon fiber fork, disc brakes, enough room for 32 mm tires and a road bike-ish geometry.

Derailleurs and shifters are Shimano’s bombproof 9 speed Dura Ace 7700 series with a washing line-like cable routing. Handlebars are nice and wide Salsa Cowbell 3’s with a bit of flare and plenty of flair, it’s held in place by a Pro PLT stem. Ratio Pile bar tape is thick and soft and dampens vibrations nicely. A Cane Creek 110-series headset makes steering effortless. Brakes are also a familiar safe choice, Avid BB7’s. All in all nothing too fancy, but reliable nice parts many of which I chose because, to be honest, I happened to have them already.

My favorite part of the bike, chainset, is a lovely pair of old ISIS type Middleburns with a smooth as butter SKF bottom bracket that will most likely outlive me. Gearing is more cyclocross than road with 36/48t chainrings accompanied by an 11-28t cassette, it should be perfect for small roads and hardpack gravel rides I have in mind for the bike.

For water there’s two proven Blackburn Mountain bottle cages. Frame is roomy enough to have plenty of space for a frame bag even with two large bottles.

I’m currently running a pair of 32-622 Panaracer Paselas until my sweet 34-622 WTB Exposures arrive. I prefer the comfort, lightness and relative puncture resistance of a tubeless setup. The Exposures are super light and fast tires with just enough thread for the odd stray to a path less pedaled. Wheels themselves are nothing special but they get me where I need to go, I built them with some mismatching hubs, Alexrims rims and DT Champion spokes.

The bike feels way more relaxed and stable than my cyclocross bike and is still capable to rip on occasional singletrack. It’s really just what I had in mind, a real long distance winner. I’m still kind of going through my shakedown period with the bike but everything seems spot on. I can’t wait for the epic rides I’m going to have with this one.

Frame: Kona Honky Inc ‘12, butted cromoly, 61 cm
Fork / Headset: Kona Carbon Disc Race / Cane Creek 10-series
Derailleurs / Shifters: Shimano Dura-Ace 7700 2×9
Crankset / Bottom Bracket: Middleburn, 36/48t, SKF ISIS
Cassette / Chain: Sram 11-28t / Shimano HG93
Pedals: Shimano PD-M520
Handlebars / Stem / Bar tape: Salsa Cowbell 3 46 cm / Pro PLT 110 mm / Ratio Pile
Saddle / Seatpost: Bontrager Montrose Elite / Brand-X 0-setback
Brakes: Avid BB-7
Wheels / tires: Self built with mismatching hubs, DT Champion spokes & Alexrims rims / Panaracer Pasela 32-622

Kona Dream Builds: Show and Shine, Jai Motherwell’s Timeless Shonky ST

The new Shonky ST hasn’t been out there in the wild all that long, and we’ve barely seen any make it to the Cog. Most recently we featured Danny Stewarts bike and there are some pretty cool team builds out there as well under Aggy, Connor, Caleb and Soren Farenholtz. But Jai Motherwell‘s Shonky ST, that we saw complete for the first time yesterday, well and truly takes the cake. I know your asking just how different can you even build a Shonky, it’s just a dirt jump hardtail. Well as you’ll see in this flawless build, it’s by using dedicated, trusted and straight up sexy components and opting for a less is more approach. Let’s dig in.


At one time Marzocchi owned the dirt jump fork market. Right now though, if your DJ build is not sporting a Pike DJ… Well, you better start saving.


Black on Black decals keeps things stealth. What’s that out of focus hub hiding in plain sight?


If you guessed some Profile Racing Elite hubs you’d be spot on. If you don’t know, Profile Racing is the Chris King of the BMX world, USA made, bomb proof and just a little bit pricey, but just like CK stuff, you’ll be handing these hubs down to your Grand Children. And you may notice its a non-disc hub… No chance of ever of adding a front brake to this wheel.


Oh yes! More Profile Racing sexiness. This time it’s their famous three-piece Elite Crankset. Profile racing produced their first 19mm 48 splined, Chromoly three piece race crank way back in 1979. Very little has changed all though the MTB version features a 22mm axle, and Jai is running a 170mm length crank.


Jai is sporting the Profile Racing Sabre Universal Spline Drive Sprocket in 28t. And hot damn that black chainring and polished crank look so damn good together!


Outback you’ll find a 12T cog…


…Attached to more Profile Racing goodness, this time though, the Elite hub will take a disc rotor. Both front and rear hubs are laced to Stans Flow MKIII rims and shod with S&M Speedball tires.


Jumping up to the cockpit you’ll find some Deity Black label bars with a 38mm rise and 750mm in width.


They are attached via Deity’s Cavity stem in 35mm length.


SRAM’s classic Elixir XO Trail handles braking duties.


Those sure look like Ti bolts to me.


Cane Creek’s long lasting and tough 110 headset ensures the bars stay spinning smooth.


Deity’s Pivotal Frisco DJ saddle keeps things tidy and low.


And it all finishes with a set of our new Kona Wah Wah II composite pedals.


Would you do anything different?