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!

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

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.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

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.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

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.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

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

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

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.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

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.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

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

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

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.

Ti Tuesday: Alan’s zippy Single Speed Ti Raijin

Alan’s Ti Raijin isn’t a big showy head turner of a bike. It’s been built up as durable zippy single speed for Alan’s local trails at Sports Swap in Toronto. Closer inspection reveals a thoughtful parts selection that will truly go the distance and perhaps last as long as this Raijin Ti frame will. The Stan’s Crest wheels laced to Paul Components hubs are a case in point. The Cane Creek 110 headset and Spank Subrosa bars are another.  The smattering of SRAM and Avid bits and pieces show their age, but also an element of if it ain’t broke… The carbon Truvative XO cranks (with North Shore Billet spider and ring), Avid Juicy Ultimates and 100m Reba forks are all super solid and reliable choices that round out this solid single speed steed.

Ti Tuesdays: Chase’s Raijin with Carbon 27.5+ Wheels

The sky is the limit for how you choose to adorn your Ti frame, and Chase Prezioso of Charlotte, NC has taken quite the creative license with his Raijin Ti build. The most obvious point is the 27.5+ wheels with Nox carbon rims and Industry Nine’s Torch hubs with anodized green spokes.

Yet, when you peek a bit closer, you see that Chase has gone the extra mile with all of the details. How about that Eriksen Ti seat post, and the matching green King headset and Salsa seat clamp? How did this beautiful Raijin come to be? Chase explains:

“I bought the Raijin around year ago to replace my Lynskey Pro29 that cracked. My local shop, Queen City Bicycles, was a Kona dealer so I immediately wanted a Raijin. I ran the Raijin with same 29er setup as the Lynskey for a year. The Raijin geo is definitely more fun than the Pro29, but I felt that the slacker head tube angle with the 29” wheels was pushing in corners. My buddy Rich Dillen had our friends at i9 build him a set of NOX/i9 wheels, and I got to spin it around and really liked the plus combo.

My next step was to test fit his wheels on the Raijin, which fit with plenty of clearance. Shortly thereafter, I had i9 build my own set of NOX Kitsumas. The front definitely hooks up better with the 27.5+ over the 29. Overall lap times are the same and it’s a more playful ride – win win. The only downside is the lower BB with the smaller wheels. I had a couple of pedal strikes at first, but once I learned to watch out for it, it hasn’t been a problem. I will probably put a 120 or rigid fork on it eventually to compensate.”

Chase also rides a Process 134 DL, and has shared a couple photos of that with the Raijin – scroll down for the the detailed photo set. Beautiful build, Chase! Thanks for sharing!
















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