Ti Tuesday: Daniel’s Ti Rove


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.


“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.”


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


Ti Tuesday: Dave Harder’s Ti Honzo

For this weeks #tituesdaywithkona we are featuring Alberta based Aussie ex-pat and Kona Super Grassroots rider Dave Harder’s latest enduro weapon. Dave won the KR Enduro Series this year on his Kona Process 111 and has just finished building up this little beauty for a spot of winter riding and some serious trail dominance next summer.


Sweet build with 150mm Pike RCT3 and Energy Lab carbon rims.

“The Kona Ti Honzo has had me interested since I first heard a rumor about it a couple of seasons ago, owning two other steel Honzo’s made it an easy decision to upgrade. The Honzo is my go to trail bike because of it’s dependable capabilities on fast flowy single track and on steep technical gnarly trails, the Honzo has you covered. The steel frame was on the heavier side for racing so that’s why I was excited to go to the new Ti Honzo and with this build I was able to drop the weight to 29lbs which is not bad with big rubber.” Dave Harder


The Reverb works in all temperatures and if you service them regularly they are super maintenance free and ultra reliable, I’ve gone for the 150 Stealth Post and a Chromag Lynx DT saddle.


For the drive train it’s a mix of Race Face cranks, a Shimano XT drivetrain with OneUp RadR cage and extended 42t OneUp cog. The wheels are Energylab prototype carbon rims laced to Hope ProII’s and the shoed with a Maxxis minon 2.5 up front and a Bontrager SE5 2.3 out the back.


I’m not getting any points for clourmating here but I love my pink Hope brakes, and the Hope ProII’s are just so damn relaibale. And yes those are Dirty Dog Dragon rotors! You know you want some!