“Dropping into the first section of fast and flowy singletrack on the Big Honzo DL was like plugging a Les Paul into a Marshall stack and hitting an open A chord. We are not talking about a Roy Orbison open A; we are talking a full windmill Pete Townsend open A! This bike turns the gain up to 10 and the volume up to 11.”
Chuck Passe’s luminous orange Big Honzo is hard to miss. The 2017 Big Honzo frame was custom painted* in Rockstar Sparkle Orange by Josh Putnam at Coating Source, with the emphasis heavy on the sparkle. All the Kona logos and branding are knocked out and show the raw alloy under the paint. The build itself turns just as many heads as the finish, with the blue and orange theme resonating throughout. Being the general manager at Blue Line Bike Lab in Houston, Texas meant Chuck cut zero corners in spec’ing this beauty up.
The wheels are WTB Scraper I40 rims laced to Hope Pro 4 Hubs, The large burly hoops are shod with Maxxis Rekon+ 2.8 tires and the front end is suspended on Manitou’s Magnum Pro 27.5+.
Clearly, a bunch of thought has gone into this drivetrain, a Shimano XTR Shifter and rear derailleur handle shifting duties while a Wolf Tooth Components GC45 Range Extender has been added to the cassette. Race Face Next SL cranks combined with an Absolute Black Boost Oval chainring and Blue KMC X11SL chain transfer the power and you can’t see that it runs on possibly the best BB in the world from Enduro.
HT’s T1 pedals in blue.
Magura’s MT8 Next brakes and a whole bunch of Ti bolts take care of slowing this rig down.
Even in the age of droppers, nothing beats the pure sex appeal of a Thomson Masterpiece seatpost, this one is finished off with a WTB Volt Team 135 saddle and Hope seatpost clamp.
More blue and even more CNC alloy from the UK! Race Face’s Next 35 Carbon Bar attaches to the bike via the always rad Hope Freeride 35mm Stem, and Hope headset. Ergon GD1 Grips are finished off with more goodnes in the way of Hope Grip Doctor Bar Plugs.
*Unless your repainting is done by an authorized Kona painter you will lose your lifetime coverage.