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Cruising the Road to Hana

There are fewer places on earth more beautiful than Maui. Expansive lush green jungles hug the most pristine, curvy roads the eyes have ever seen this side of Italy. While throngs of tourists are gawking at waterfalls and floundering about in the ocean on foam-surfboards boards, those in the know will dip out on two wheels to experience one of the island’s most coveted treasures: the road to Hana. The Radivist’s Morgan Taylor and his wife recently spent some time dodging cars and tourists to see what the hype was all about.

On a pair of borrowed Konas, (a 2013 Red Zone, and a 2015 Esatto Ti) their adventure came to life. Check out the full story over on the Radavist.



Ti Tuesday: Kristie’s Ti Esatto

New year, new Ti Tuesday! This week we’re featuring a clean Esatto Ti from Kristie Holt, owner of Local Hub Bicycle Company in Dallas, Texas. Here’s Kristie’s background on the build:

When contemplating a new road bike I knew what I didn’t want: a full carbon racing bike with carbon wheels. My taste and riding style have changed over the past couple years from trying to beat everyone on the road to finding a good group of strong women to ride with who had more adventurous tastes that included road and off road.

I began by looking at the Roadhouse because of its uniqueness, but that bike was still a few months away from becoming available. When Nate at Kona suggested I give the Esatto Ti frame a look over, it only took me about 24 hours to mull it over and make the decision to go for it. I purchased the frame in September 2016 and the build was ready in October.


Consulting with my master mechanic, John Kendall – whose Kona Ti Raijin was previously featured on the Kona blog – was the most fun part of the build. Keeping in mind my budget, we opted for Zipp Service Course SL stem, handlebar, and seatpost, Cane Creek headset, Shimano 105 group set, and Mavic Ksyrium Allroad wheels. We added a feminine touch with the black and gold polka dot bar tape custom designed by my cycling accessory company Babes on Bikes.

The bike is so comfortable it’s like riding a recliner. It’s still quick and nimble like my race bike, but not as a fragile. I’ve given it a good beating riding Dallas’s pothole-ridden streets and can’t wait to put larger tires and take it on a gravel ride. I look forward to putting many happy miles on this bike.

Thanks for the submission Kristie! By the sounds of it, we’re going to be seeing some more Ti Kona builds out of the Local Hub shop soon. (Also, apparently Dallas has great walls to shoot bikes against!)

For more Ti Kona goodness, check out the Ti Tuesday archives and #TiTuesdaysWithKona on Instagram. If you’ve got a Ti Kona bike, please do get in touch!








Ti Tuesday: Peloton Magazine Reviews the Esatto Ti – “Ride, Enjoy and Repeat.”


“Every time we ride Ti we are reminded of its unique qualities, our favorite of which is its ability to make road vibrations vanish at speed. Somewhere around 20 mph everything settles in and becomes silky smooth, it’s a beautiful thing. Our first ride onboard the Esatto Ti was a quick reminder. The motorist’s equivalent of road noise with the window down versus up, it’s that good.”

Peloton Magazine’s Ryan Yee recently reviewed our Esatto Ti. As you can imagine based on the above quote, it wasn’t easy getting the bike back. Read the full review on the Peloton website.


The Esatto Ti is made in the USA by Lynskey Performance Designs.


We built the bike for Peloton with an Easton EC90 SL build kit and SRAM Red 22 drivetrain.


“Another detail showing the Esatto Ti’s American-made craftsmanship.”




“SRAM Red 22 is still our go to group when we’re not plugging in our drivetrain.”


“The 27.2 Easton EC90 seat post adds to the bike’s magic carpet road feel.”


“Combined with the beautifully stiff Ti Esatto head tube, the Easton EC90SL stem gave the bike stable and confident road manners.”


Front view of the Esatto Ti.


Full carbon fork with a tapered steerer tube.


SRAM Red hydraulic shift levers.


“So many gorgeous things in one detail shot – the Red disc caliper, the flat mount, the forged and machined drop out.”


“SRAM’s Red calipers with flat mounts are the cleanest road hydro solution in the peloton.”


“The tapered head tube has a lot to do with the Ti Esatto’s precise road manners.”


Red in black.


“The business end of the Kona Ti Esatto.”


Easton’s EA90 SL Disc wheelset.

Ti Tuesday: Steves Stealthy Ti Esatto

For this weeks Ti Tuesday with Kona we have Steve’s beautiful Ti Esatto. Steve’s put together a pretty damn sexy build here, keeping things simple and classy. The final result is a stealthy low key (if Ti can be low key) road machine for attacking the Taiwanese coastline and back roads.DSCF4307


DSCF4301DSCF4296SRAM Force 1 levers. Light, relaiable and simple.


The bike rolls on Novatec’s carbon R3 Clinchers.  The handbuild 38mm deep, wide profile rims are a solid do it all wheel and the perfect partner for the Ti Eastto.


DSCF4308An FSA K-Force carbon bars and stem combo keep things tidy in the cockpit.

DSCF4304Clean lines and and a FSA K-Force carbon seatpost.   image1

Steve getting after it one of Taiwan’s beautiful coastal roads.