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Ti Tuesday: Steve’s Rove Ti

This week’s Ti Tuesday comes to us from Steve Dutchak at Goldstream Bicycles in Victoria, BC. Steve just finished up building his Ti Rove and sent through some great photos shot by Silva Erglis. Steve joined us at our Kona Ride dealer event in Squamish this year, where he was able to see our Ti bikes first hand…

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“I kept returning to a Rove Ti that was built in the showroom at the Kona Ride. Over the next several months, I went back and forth trying to decide what I wanted for my next do-it-all machine, but that bike kept recurring in my thoughts, so eventually I decided to pull the trigger and order one for myself.

The frame is gorgeous, and I liked the idea of sourcing all the parts separately to make the build unique. I definitely plan on pushing my limits on this bike, and look forward to whatever challenges and adventures await.”

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Steve’s Ti Rove is classy yet modern, with lots of details to pore over in Silva’s photos below. 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!

Frame: Kona Rove Ti, size 49cm
Fork: Kona Project 2 Carbon Disc
Group: Shimano Ultegra 6800
Headset: Chris King
BB: Chris King
Wheelset: Easton EA90 XD
Tires: Schwalbe One 38mm
Brakes: Tektro Hy/Rd
Handlebar: Easton EA70
Stem: Focus Concept CPX
Pedals: Shimano XT
Seatpost: Zipp Service Course SL
Saddle: Chromag Trailmaster DT
Bar Tape: Cinelli Vegan brown

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Ti Tuesday: Mark’s Quiver Killer Kona Rove Ti

This edition of Ti Tuesday comes to us from Mark Bowers of Chicago, IL. Mark built his Rove Ti as an all-rounder quiver killer, taking the place of three bikes in his stable. Two wheelsets with 28mm and 40mm tires respectively keep Mark happy on a variety of surfaces from asphalt to singletrack. Be sure to check out his Drava project, an analog alternative to our collective obsession with digital ride tracking. We’ll leave it to Mark from here… 

Words and photos by Mark Bowers.

Kona Rove Ti: Drawing Tool, Grinduro Sled, Road Steed, Fendered Commuter, and In-Law Interluder.

Upon the amazing event of the birth of my daughter and second child, I realized that my bike ride time was going to need some serious time refinements. It seemed that a reduction in bikes, and the time spent maintaining them was the only plan of action. Enter the Kona Rove Ti – and exit the CX, MTB, and Road steeds – one club to do it all. Some of my riding buddies thought this idea was nuts, but the Rove has turned out to be a great riding, extremely capable bike for all Midwest (Wisco, Michigan, Chi-town) terrain.

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The idea was to build it like a mountain bike, using “BEEFIER”” road components: Easton EA70 and Shimano Ultegra/105 mix with a pro compact 36-52T crank and a medium cage derailleur capable of keeping 11-23T and 11-34T cassettes happy. Continuing with two Stan’s NoTubes Grail wheelsets – one with Maxxis Re-fuse 28c and the other with WTB Nano 40c – the Rove would disguise two bikes as one for trips to see my in-laws. No longer would I be “rained-in” on these visits due to trail conditions – the road could now be my Plan B escape. Brilliant!

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Grit and Gravel Race, Acadia Michigan – First Curly Bar Finisher.

My mixed terrain sled was truly tested a few weeks back when I was invited to visit some good friends in San Francisco, and ride in the Giro Grinduro in Quincy, CA. Grinduro was an amazing event and celebration which tested my skills on the bike as a flatlander in the mountain country… logging road descents aren’t my strong suit (smoked through some rotors), but the Rove Ti and Shimano hydro brakes crushed all the mixed terrain without a single issue – and got me safely back to beer camp.

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Grinduro Drava #3 (Purple: Big Grizzly to Stage 3) (Black: Stage 3-Indian Creek)

Grinduro also presented the opportunity to exhibit my bike ride drawings – Drava – and make some new ride art. A few years ago, I created a handlebar mounted device that uses pencil marks and my bike as artistic tools to record bike rides: Analog RAD DATA collection. A sweet tongue in cheek retort to the quantifiable data hounds I ride with…Watts? Strava?? DRAVA.

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My Grinduro Drava salesman needs a haircut wicked bad.

Not just a week after ripping trails in the Sierra’s, my Rove’s lumberjack outfitting received a wardrobe change with a bell, blickies, and some fenders to play the role of my fall-to-spring commuter workhorse. The Kona Project 2 Carbon Fork made this a breeze with its awesome threaded fender peg design:

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Thank you Kona for making all my riding miles smiles – and father, artist, and teacher friendly. Thumbs up!

Mark Bowers
Chicago, IL

P.S. I constantly hear how clean the welds are…Thank you Lynskey Performance USA!

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Ti Tuesday: “The most comfortable bike I’ve ever owned…” – Jeff’s Ti Rove

This week’s Ti Tuesday comes to us from Jeff Christie of Ridgeland, Mississippi. With the help of Jeremy at Revolution Mobile Bike Service, Jeff built up his Ti Rove to explore any and all roads he could find around the state capital of Jackson.

Jeff’s Rove runs an Ultegra hydro group and he swaps between two wheelsets depending on the ride. The Reynolds Assault wheels you see here sport 28mm Teravail Lickskillet tires, but when the going gets rough he’s got a set of Stan’s wheels with 38mm Teravail Cannonballs.

Last fall, Jeff suffered a back injury and, as it turned out, his Ti Rove was the only bike he could ride “without wanting to give up cycling for couch sitting”. In fact, he calls it the most comfortable bike he’s ever ridden – and isn’t that the allure of Ti?

While Jeff’s fond of his Big Unit single speed, he’s caught the Ti bug and is scheming on a Ti frame to replace the Unit. May we suggest the Ti Honzo, Jeff? Thanks very much for your submission!

If you’d like to see your Ti Kona featured here on the Cog, hit us up on the #TiTuesdaysWithKona tag on Instagram. For inspiration on your own Ti build, peruse the Ti Tuesdays archives.

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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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