Kona Rove

Dream Builds: Ride Here Now, Ryan’s Light Touring Kona Rove

For today’s Kona Dream Builds post we are doing something a little different. We are going to send you somewhere else to check it out! Well, not before whetting your appetite with few inspiring photos and words. BikePacking.com recently profiled Denver based Ryan Santoski and his Kona Rove in their Riders and Rigs series and it’s an inspirational little story. Ryan runs Totem Cyclery, a service-based shop in Denver, CO. and he practices Zen and the art of bicycle maintenance on a daily basis. His shop motto Ride Here Now “is a concept I try to practice daily, the act of simplifying and cutting away the unessential to get to the heart of the thing, whatever that thing may be. The process and style of such matters; paying attention to our immediate surroundings equally so.”

We’ve posted an excerpt from Bike Packing’s story below and a few photos but you really need to head here to check out the full in-depth post that just may have you wanting to drop everything and start your own niche repair workshop!

BikePacking.com: I love your bike, it seems like a dream commuter and tourer. Why the Kona Rove?
Ryan: Its steel frame with disc brakes and big tire clearance make it a quiver killer. I use it as my daily rider, take it on longer road/adventure rides, can load it up for touring, and rip it on gravel and dirt trails. It’s comfortable enough for all-day riding but also feels nimble and responsive – sometimes I like to go fast and it seems to react to that quite well, too.

BikePacking.com: Talk us through a few of your favorite components and accessories on the build.
Ryan: The SON/Edelux Dynamo system has been my favorite upgrade, and I love the rack-mounted light. Getting the beam out in front eliminates shadow from the front wheel and I can still carry anything on the rack without interference. As far as accessories, the Sturdy Bag Designs frame bag really ties everything together – Joe is a dear friend and this was one of the first frame bags he built when starting Sturdy. Despite being courted by many other makers, I only carry two bikepacking bag brands at the shop: Sturdy and John Campbell aka Alpine Luddites out of Ouray, Colorado. I think they do some of the best work in the industry and both have personal resonance with me.

 

Kona Dream Builds: Travis’ Breathtaking Rove Ltd Custom Build

Travis Peebles’ (Co-owner of Blazing Saddle Cycles in Cleveland) custom Rove Ltd will straight up take your breath away. It did ours. While our stock build of the Rove Ltd is nothing to sniff at with its SRAM Force groupo and plus-sized WTB tires and hoops, what Travis has done with his is next-level-take-your-breath-away-stuff. We asked Travis to outline his motivation for the build and for some juicy details, we’ll let him take it from here.

This do-all demigod was inspired by the need to go anywhere anytime, and over any terrain. While I do appreciate the 650b wheels size, it just doesn’t fit my riding style or my desire to go places quickly, while attacking all and any obstacles with ease. Hence, the retrofitted 700c Reynolds Cycling Carbon Assault wheel-set wrapped in Panaracer Gravel King 43mm gumwalls. This tubeless combination fills up this steel steed very nicely.

The drivetrain consists of Ultegra mechanical 11 speed shifters resting on Salsa Cowbell drop bars (wrapped in Salsa’s Glyph bar tape) mated to an XTR rear derailleur by a Wolftooth Components Tan pan mechanism. This nifty little piece equalizes the cable actuation and smoothly provides all the gearing necessary across the 11-42 XT cassette. Power is applied through a set of FSA Energy cranks linked up with a Wolftooth 44t drop-stop chainring. Stopping power is provided by a sleek and steadying set of TRP Spyre brakes on Shimano XT 160mm rotors.

As an added bonus the left Shimano Ultegra shifter was overhauled and modified (by mechanical WIZARD James Rychak A.K.A Jimmy Whistletip in Instaworld) to actuate the 100mm KS Lev dropper post to help get the Prologo Zero II CPC PAS saddle out of the way in tight situations. This allowed us to use most of the bikes original braze-ons, just in a little different fashion. This avoided too much unsightly housing on the frame.

This build was a culmination of work and mechanical genius from all of the staff at our shop, Blazing Saddle Cycle in Cleveland, Ohio. I surely could not have done this on my own. We are extremely proud of the work that goes into each and every bike we send out the door and this is no exception. We love being ambassadors of the Kona name and technology. This build clearly shows why.

Kona Dream Builds: Emilie’s Rove DL

Emilie Clark from Dallas, TX has taken one of our latest Rove DL‘s and tweaked it some pretty damn cool customization. She’s recently spent time working with her brother Basden at The Local Hub bike shop and he’s pretty sure that the time spent in the shop has rubbed off on the build.

“The impact of being here and working with us is apparent on her bike. The Rove DL is highly modified to her needs and taste with tubeless 40mm Honali Terrene tires, Brooks saddle and bar tape, and a Wolf Tooth comp narrow/wide chainring for 1×9 gearing.”

Ti Tuesday: Daniel’s Ti Rove

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Daniel used to be a mechanic at a Kona dealer and he built this classic Ti Rove from the ground up, including the wheels. When choosing parts for this bike, his philosophy was simple, spec parts that straddle the line between lightweight and durable.

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“If I someday find myself on a self-supported bike packing trip, I want to be able to drop into any mom+pop bike shop and get the parts that I need.”

“Ultimately, I decided that I wanted a bike that could do anything or take me anywhere. So far, I have used this bike as a swanky commuter, a 7-hours-in-the-saddle bike (from the Canadian/American Border to the top of Mount Baker and back), an all road bike (after-dark loops that include asphalt, bike paths, and segments through Pacific Sprit Park), and as a regular top-of-the mountain bike (Cypress and Seymour laps). My Rove has no problem with having multiple personalities.”

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Now for the nitty-gritty:

Frame: Kona Rove Ti (obviously)
Fork: Kona Project 2 Carbon Disc fork (Custom Painted)
Headset: Hope
Stem: Bontrager XXX Lite Carbon (Custom Painted)
Handlebars: Easton EC70 Aero
Shifters: Shimano 105 (10 Speed)
Front Derailleur: Shimano 105 (double)
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra (10 Speed)
Crank: Shimano 105 (175, compact, 50t-34t)
Bottom Bracket: Shimano Dura Ace (bling-bling)
Cassette: Shimano Ultegra (11-28)
Chain: KMC X10 Chain (Gold, when it’s clean, which is never, so really, it’s black)
Brakes: Hayes CX Expert
Hubs: Shimano XT (High-flange, 6-bolt, disc)
Rims: Stan’s Grail
Spokes: DT Swiss Champion
Tires: Continental Gatorskins (700×32, fatties)
Seatpost: Bontrager XXX Lite Carbon (Custom Painted)
Saddle: Bontrager Serrano (Ti Rails)
Pedals: Sometimes Shimano 105, Sometimes Shimano SLX (depending on the ride)
Bottle Cages: King Ti Cages

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Kona Four Corners – Part 1- Rove AL

Our ever-popular Rove takes on a new ride feel with the durability and liveliness of a redesigned aluminum frame. A far spell more affordable than its Cromoly brethren, the Rove AL is perfect for adventuring, light touring, recreational riding and commuting. Drop bars and disc brakes, combined with 5mm more bottom bracket drop, compared to its steel Rove brother, provide a stable and confident ride.