Kona Dream Builds

Kona Dream Builds: Purple Haze, Graeme’s Process 153 CR 29

Graeme‘s Process CR 29 is the first one we have seen customized since they hit stores a few months ago and damn it looks hawt! Most of the parts on this build have moved sideways from Graeme’s previous build, the purple anodized parts just work so damn well with the Seafoam cyan of the Process. Scroll down for more photos and the full story.

I actually built these wheels and spec’d these brakes for my last bike, a 2018 Process 153 29, but thought they’d look amazing on this Seafoam colored CR 29, and they do! So I swapped the brakes and wheels off my old bike onto this – I do like the serviceability and durability of Hope brakes and hubs. I build wheels with stainless steel spokes (silver colored) because that’s what bicycle wheels should be built with, and because they always look incredible when the sun catches them! I quite like the Velocity Blunt rims, they look really subtle, give a nice big volume and take knocks well.

I’m running stock suspension, with three tokens in the Lyric. So impressed with how supple it is at the top of the stroke and it’s such a beast in the big stuff. The bike handles so well, it really does truck over gnarly terrain and it’s so easy to handle when things get slow and techy – it’s an incredible bike.

All in, with my Shimano XT trail pedals and bottle cage, set up tubeless, the build comes to 15.25kg (33.6lbs, for you US types). It’s actually a touch heavier than the stock build, but I love the look and set-up, so I can live with a few hundred grams. I could get it crazy light with lots of carbon finishing kit, but I couldn’t justify it. Really looking forward to riding this and doing a few rounds of the Scottish Enduro Series next year.

Graeme Hart owns Hart’s Cyclery in Edinburgh, Scotland and they are our Kona dealer there. “We’re really proud of our association with Kona and love the bikes and the vybe!” They were nominated amongst the top 20 IBDs in the UK in 2018 by Bikebiz magazine. “We just keep doing our thing and doing our best to keep our customers happy and if they ride Konas that’s extra cool!”

Build as follows:
Frame: Kona DH Carbon with 6061 alu chainstays and Rockshox Super Deluxe RCT.
Fork: Rockshox Lyric RC Charger 2, 160mm.
Drivetrain: SRAM GX/NX Eagle mix.
Brakes: Hope Tech 3 V4, front; Tech 3 X2, rear. Shimano rotors 203/180.
Seatpost: Rockshox Reverb 1x lever, 170mm drop.
Wheels: Velocity Blunt P35s on Hope Pro4s with Sapim Race spokes, 32/3, hand-built.
Tyres: Maxxis Minion DHF Exo TR 3C, 2.5/2.3, set up tubeless, with Vittoria Air Liner in rear.
Bar/stem/grips: Kona.
Saddle: WTB KOM Trail TCS.

Kona Dream Build: Jouko’s Killer Kilauea

I’ve been planning on building a nice steel 26er hardtail for a while now. Why? I recently ended up with an old 26″ enduro bike and was reminded of how fun this obsolete historical wheelsize can be. I saw this repainted Kilauea for sale this summer but missed my chance and the bike was sold. Luckily the frameset popped up on a forum soon after and I bought it late this August.

Based on my quick research, I’d say the frame is from ’93 or ’94. I’d prefer the original paint, but this powdercoat is of reasonably high quality and desert tan color scheme has some Radavist type of street cred. I slapped some decals on the blank frame as a finishing touch.

I’ve been keeping my eyes open for a Kona P2 fork but haven’t found one yet, current fork is a Rockshox Psylo SL from the early 00’s. The group set is a bit of a mix ‘n’ match, as these bike-shop-back-room builds tend to be, parts range from a classic Shimano STX RC front hub to a brand new oval chainring. My favourite part without a shadow of a doubt is the Tioga Alchemy stem.

So what’s it like then? On a fast xc trail it’s damn good fun, a really nimble and playful bike – it turns around on a coin and accelerates like nothing else. Compared to larger wheeled modern bikes you kind of go around rocks and roots instead of over them, or you fall down trying. My future plans with the bike include installing a bottle cage and riding like I stole it.

You can follow Jouko here and get updated when he finally adds that bottle cage. If you’re in Finland you can even check out the bike in person at Fillarikellari bike shop.

Specs
Frame: Kona Kilauea 20″ Tange Prestige
Fork: Rockshox Psylo SL
Headset: Cane Creek S-8

Stem: Tioga Alchemy
Handlebars: Funn Flat Out
Grips: Lizard Skins Logo Dual Compound
Shifter: Shimano M7000
Brake levers: Avid FR-5

Seatpost: Origin 8 PROFIT
Seat: WTB Volt

Pedals: Shimano PD-M324
Brakes: Avid Single Digit 3 V-brakes
Rear derailleur: Shimano XT M781
Crankset: Shimano XT M752
Chainring: Blackspire Snaggletooth Narrow Wide Oval 36t
Chain: Shimano XT HG95
Cassette: Shimano 11-36t

Front wheel: Shimano STX-RC / Sapim / Mavic XM 117
Rear wheel: Novatec / Sapim / Mavic XM 117
Tyres: Michelin Wild Race’R2 Advanced set up tubeless

Kona Dream Builds: Visa’s “Because N+1” Honzo St 30th Birthday Bike

As some of you might remember Visa, from BikeShop.Fi in Finland, has already built one pretty darn special Ti Honzo and that one is still his go-to bike. But when he heard about the limited edition birthday Honzo, he knew the time was right to get to work on the 29″ Honzo ST build that he’d already been planning.

Now you might say why not just build another wheelset for the Ti? A fair question, but n+1 folks, n+1!

Thus began the spec’ing. I wanted the ST to have a lot of the same feel to it as the Ti, so a lot of parts are pretty much identical: Race Face/Shimano drivetrain, Hope brakes, Race Face handlebar, Fox fork, dropper post etc. The major difference is the frame and the wheel size. I didn’t want it to look identical to the Ti so the colors have bits of blue and silver here and there and the icing on the cake in my opinion are the WTB tan wall tires. I know that a Vigilante front and rear might be a bit too wild for some, the rear will be swapped for the Trail Boss as soon as the tan wall versions arrive.

I’ve had a couple of rides with it now and a few differences between the builds are rather clear. The 29″ ST is faster… and slower… huh? The larger diameter of the 29″ wheels makes it roll over obstacles a bit better but the Ti 27.5″+ tires give a smoother ride over rocks and roots and have way more grip uphill. The Ti has carbon rims and the ST alloy, so there is another difference as well.

The Vigilantes are 2.5″ so they are rather large volume tires however and give you a smoother ride than narrower 29″ tires. So the 29″ Honzo might be faster at some trails but requires a bit more effort from the rider. I’m starting to like them both in equal measure and now I have two go to bikes, depending on the mood.

2.5 WTB Vigilante Tan Walls. D. O. P. E, Fox Factory 34 Kashima 140mm forks and DT Swiss EX511 laced up to silver Hope Pro4’s.

Fox’s Transfer post goes up and down.

Raceface Next SL Cranks with a 30t Absoluteblack cinch oval chainring propels a blue KMC chain while an XT trigger at the bars provides seamless shifts on via the XTR rear mech.

Hope Tech E4 Brakes slow thins down.

It’s the little details.

Up in the cockpit, you’ll find Race Face Six C bars with WTB’s Padloc grips, Hope Tech E4 Brakes and XT shifters.

Did you even know that Wolf Tooth make a headset?

Main spec:
Frame: 2019 Kona Honzo ST
Fork: Fox Factory 34 Kashima 140mm
Cranks: Raceface Next SL
Chainring: Absoluteblack cinch oval 30t
Pedals: Crankbrothers Candy 3
Freewheel: Shimano XT 11 spd 11-42
Rear derailleur: Shimano XTR
Shifter: Shimano XT
Brakes: Hope Tech E4
Handlebar: Raceface Sixc 35
Seatpost: Fox Transfer Kashima
Saddle: WTB Volt Carbon
Grips: WTB Padloc
Hubs: Hope Pro 4
Rims: DT Swiss EX511
Tyres: WTB Vigilante 2.5 tanwall
Extras: Colour coded stuff here and there

Kona Dream Builds: Conrad’s “I built this for my daughter” Process 24

When you run a bike park and you’re a mountain bike super fan, your parts bin is always going to be filed with some pretty rad bits and pieces. With this epic dream build Conrad Davies from Bike Park Hahnenklee has gone to town on his daughter’s new Process 24, from the one of a kind paint job, through to the custom built Spank wheelset. His daughter, Eliana, is one lucky girl.

“We had an old XTR crankset lying around and I built up some Spank rims on the standard hubs (more just for the bling factor). The Spank stem and pink Race Face bar I also had in my parts bin. I changed to the Fox fork because I’m just a fan, and one of the DJ kids in the park begged me for the Manitou fork. Found a couple of other bling bits for good measure.”

The frame I stripped and sanded and applied a light base coat, and masked up. The color-way was inspired by another Kona Dream Build I saw on cog.konaworld.com and they are daughter’s favorite colors. It was all masked and sprayed, no vinyl cutting.

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: Flying Under The Radar with Austin’s Process 134 SE

When we released the G2 Process last year, the classic and much-revered Process G1 didn’t disappear. A selected and carefully curated parts spec on both the G1 Process 153 SE and Process 134 SE frame meant that the G1 Process was now within reach of a broader range of mountain bikers. Process G1 fan Austin Hughey saw the 134 SE model as a blank canvas to start a custom build and has put together this pretty cool build, that at first glance flies under the radar. Closer inspection reveals the color matched Fox Factory shocks,  Shimano XT drivetrain and brakes and a few other gems. The only stock parts left on the bike are the bars, stem, saddle, and cranks.

“The motivation was to build a bike that’s confident on steep rowdy terrain as well as at home on the climbs. The 134 does just that. It’s beefy enough to race in Enduro races and efficient enough to pedal on all day rides. The bike weighs in at a mere 30 lbs! Saying the bike punches above its weight class doesn’t do its capability justice. I can’t give enough credit to the team at James Bros Bikes for assisting me in choosing parts for the build and stepping in where my mechanical skills were lacking. This is my second Kona build up, and I couldn’t be happier.” – Austin Hughey

Austin replaced the stock brakes and rear mech with Shimano XT. The Fox Transfer dropper post is controlled by a Wolf Tooth remote. Up front for suspension he’s opted for a Fox Factory 34 in 150mm.

Out the back, Austin has gone for a Fox Float DPX2.

The Trans X post has been replaced with Fox’s Transfer post.

 The whole setup rolls on a Race Face Turbine R Wheelset, up front its shod with a Maxxis DHF 2.5 and out back you’ll find High Roller II 2.4’s

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: Mark’s Honzo ST Lifer

Mark posted this sweet looking Honzo ST to our Facebook page a few weeks back. We just had to get a few more photos of it so we could share it with you in all its purple glory!

“This is my do it all shred sled from enduro racing to the ultimate goal of racing Colorado Trail race event. This is the first bike I ever had the honor of building from the ground up. This is also the first bike I have owned that I plan to have in my arsenal for the rest of my life.”

How cool is Marks us of an old inner tube to keep the seatpost QR junction clean?

Hard Tales, Light and Fast, The Tools for 140-km of Slack-Country Shredding

What do you carry for big rides in your back yard? Here at Kona, exploring the rituals of “the big ride” is an evolving year-round job, and perfectly fitting to our Kona Adventure Team, to whom the term “off season” does not apply. No matter the time of year, our riders are ever scheming, ever exploring, and ever testing proof of concepts for outings that touch just beyond the realm of…sensibility.  Plain old, no-frills, leg-torching, trail-devouring good times. Consider this early winter: while Barry Wicks may be single-speeding down the coast to then paddle across the San Francisco Bay and then climb to the top of a mountain and back, Cory Wallace is 4-days deep and 15,000 feet up in the Himalayan backcountry getting charged by angry yaks. Meanwhile, emerging from “paternity leave” in the Pacific Northwest, Spencer Paxson is blithely linking together a series of backyard mountain trails to see just what is possible to get done in a day. Here, Spencer checks in on his tools for one of his recent outings, a 140-km (90mi), 5,000-m (16,000ft) vert mountain bike ride across seven summits above the Salish Sea. Read on for tidbits on his bike and setup, and a few notes from the ride.  For more details on the ride itself, be sure to check out Spencer’s blog.  

The Tool for the Job: Honzo CR, size Large. For long distance days with a mix of steep, technical, satisfying trail and long “transfer” sections (think big climbs), the Honzo has been my steed of choice, particularly in winter time.  I appreciate a return to the hardtail any time of year, but especially after a summer of riding primarily full suspension on increasingly dry trails (either the Hei Hei Race or Process 29). Once the trails get slick again and force a re-education of every line, the hardtail forces, for me, a deeper “tune-up” to my skills. Lines that worked so effortlessly in the summer time are suddenly way harder by virtue of the slime, and if I have to re-learn the terrain again, then I might as well get to the core of it and ditch the rear squish.  With that mentality, why don’t I just go full ridid singlespeed, you ask? Well, I am bit of a sadist, but I like to stay reasonable…

Light and fast: For long rides, it’s important to “bring the picnic“, as they say. I like to balance the load on and off the bike. For these long “slack-country” rides, a pitstop is usually feasible, and the ride starts and finishes at home, so there’s not need to carry an extensive backcountry kit.  Still, for a full day out, efficiency and preparedness still include sufficient hydration, calories, and safety precaution. Experience, terrain and weather conditions all dictate the limits to how “sleek” you can go. As for my own testing, I’ve used a combination of MTB stage racing and multi-day enduro racing to hone my “slack country” kit.  It includes small carry devices on my bike (totaling about 0.75L), and the rest on my hips, either in a snug-fitting 3-pocket XC jersey, or a fanny pack. Above is the kit that worked for me on the most recent sadist ride, where a friend and I put together our own “7-summits mega-enduro”: 90 miles and 16,000 feet of descending (and climbing >;) across seven mountains in our back yard. A 3D recap of the ride is below and the title is full of inside jokes, so don’t ask. As for gear geeking, game changer items for me have been mini water filters (Sawyer Water Filter) and freeze-dried backcountry food packs (Mountain House Foods, Adventure Team Sponsor).

Pedals to round and round: With all of the options available, and with all of the varying concepts of a “big ride”, gearing is a personal preference. For the last two years I’ve been running a Shimano drivetrain. On this particular setup, XT 175mm cranks and 34t chainring up front paired with an XT 12-42 cassette and XTR derailleur in back. For enduro competition I typically run a 36t and will vary the cassette depending on terrain and surface conditions.  I ride almost exclusively clipped in, primarily for the pedaling efficiency provided by stiff-soled trail slippers.  Go-to kicks for me have been the Shimano XC7 shoe paired to the XTR M9000 pedals.

Sip, sip: A bottle half-full at all times, or as much as possible. I keep a bottle with mix on the bike for ‘quick-grab’, but also carry a collapsible water pouch (at least 1L) on my hips, and fill as a reserve using a mini water filter…or a stop at a gas station.

Traction control: Okay, so a little suspension is prudent.  We Adventure Teamers have been running MRP suspension for the last two seasons.  The new Ribbon has been a fantastic fork, highly adjustable and, more importantly, very reliable for huge days. The biggest single day I have done on my MRP ribbon is 100 miles and 33,000 feet of descending, and my hands didn’t hurt…so that is evidence to me of a few things, including the fact that the suspension is doing its job.  Ground contact has been the WTB Trail Boss 2.25″, either light or heavy casing depending on how fast I need to go. And if it’s sloppy, I throw a Vigilante 2.3″ on front, or both front and rear.

As for a snipped of the latest ride…

Relive Lazer Heavy and Dr. Wetzel, the Bear Meat Entree or How Logan Earned His PhD

View my ride Lazer Heavy and Dr. Wetzel, the Bear Meat Entree or How Logan Earned His PhD

It was a good day…

Me (left) and co-conspirator Logan Wetzel of Transition Bikes all smiles afterwards.

Check Out the Kona Gravity Team’s Custom World Championships Operators!

Photos by Boris Beyer.

As has become tradition at this time of year, Kona Gravity Team manager Mathieu Dupelle has been working hard on custom graphics for Connor Fearon, Anthony Poulson, and Magnus Manson in anticipation of this weekend’s 2017 UCI Downhill World Championships.

The Operator frames that the Gravity team rides are the same frames that you can buy at your local shop or through Kona Ride Online – and we’re happy to announce that the new Operator models with trunnion-mounted metric shocks, revised leverage curves, and updated spec and graphics are now available for purchase

Head over to Konaworld.com to check out the new Operators, and peruse Connor, Anthony, and Magnus’ bikes below…

Connor Fearon – Team Australia

Anthony Poulson – Team Canada

Magnus Manson – Team Canada

Kona Dream Builds: Un Sutra pas comme les autres

Mathieu Cloutier de la boutique Le Pédalier à Québec nous présente sa nouvelle bécane! Et on peut dire que le montage de son Sutra transpire l’amour de la bicyclette…

“Il y a deux choses qui me passionnent dans la vie: les vélos et les voyages. On comprend donc que les vélos de cyclotourisme occupent une place spéciale dans mon cœur. Après avoir essayé un Sutra l’année dernière je savais que j’allai encore devoir acheter un nouveau vélo.

Quand j’ai vu le Sutra 2017 j’ai eu le coup de foudre et j’ai toute de suite su qu’il allait être mon compagnon pour mes prochaines aventures. Avec ce vélo je voulais une bécane qui pourrait m’amener au bout du monde, tout en étant fiable, stylée et intemporelle.”

“J’ai décidé d’utiliser le cadre du Sutra standard car la peinture me plaisait. Kona porte toujours une attention particulière à leurs vélos mais le Sutra est particulièrement réussi. J’ai rarement vu une couleur aussi riche et profonde sur un vélo de production. Si vous avez la chance de vous rendre dans une boutique Kona pour le voir au soleil, le détour en vaut la peine!

Pour les roues, aucune question à se poser – un montage custom s’imposait. J’ai donc monté des jantes Velocity Atlas 36 trous qui résistent à toutes les épreuves, avec des rayons DT Swiss montés sur des moyeux Hope Pro 4. Ensuite, un Bearing scellé corps de casette en acier, capable d’endurer les pires conditions – donc idéal pour le touring.

J’ai choisi un pédalier Sugino Alpina triple. À mon avis un des crank’ les plus solide sur le marché avec, en bonus, un look classique indémodable. Les 3 plateaux me donnent tout le gear range nécessaire pour me trimbaler aux sommets des plus hautes montagnes tout en me permettant d’être rapide lors des descentes!

Coté transmission, bar ends shifters pour leur simplicité et leur fiabilité, une mécanique arrière XT et une de mes pièces favorites sur le vélo: un dérailleur XTR première génération neuf – qui pour une raison inconnue avait été oublié au shop. Old school bling!

 

Pour les freins, j’ai choisi les vénérables Avid BB7 mécanique. Tellement fiable, facile d’ajustement, pièces faciles à trouver, c’était pour moi un “no brainer”.

Head set Chrisking – il parait que si on en prend soin, il dure toute une vie. J’ai décidé de vérifier par moi-même. On s’en reparle dans 20 ans, haha.

Potence et tige de selle Thomson pour le cockpit.

Rack Tubus. Aucun rack n’a fait le tour du monde plus souvent. Simple efficace et avec une garantie à toute épreuve.

Pneus Panaracer Passela PT – des pneus solides, confortables, durables et le plus important: à flanc beige!

Finalement je conserverai ma vieille selle Brooks B17 qui garde mes fesses contentes comme aucunes autres selles et ce, peu importe le kilométrage fait dans la journée.”