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Ti Tuesdays: Molly’s Forever Ti Honzo

“I brought the frame when I first moved to Bellingham, I figured if I was going to work for a bike company then I should give myself a bike I would always keep. It’s my Forever bike.” If you ever bought anything from our website over the past year, chances are Molly had a hand in it, whether it was helping with production, taking your order or heck, even packing it. When a dream teaching job came up in Flagstaff, Arizona that was too good to pass up, Molly sadly left Bellingham and Kona, but not without taking a stunning piece of Titanium with her. Molly’s Ti Honzo is her forever bike, and I’m sure a bunch of you would like to make it your forever bike also.

Up front, it’s rocking a Pike RCT3 fork and its rolling on a set of DT Swiss XM 481 rims laced to Hope Pro 2 Hubs (Molly handbuilt them), it’s shod with a Maxxis Minion DHF and a DHR.

Thanks to some trickle-down tech it’s running a still very rad SRAM XX1 1×11 drivetrain, complete with Sram XX1 carbon cranks and Sram X-Sync 34t chainring

Avid XO1 Trail brakes slow things down and Race Face’s SixC 31.8 carbon bar and our in-house 40mm stem keep things tracking true.

ESI Racers Edge purple and blue silicon grips handle the key contact points.

The tried and true KS Lev Integra 150mm dropper is topped with WTB’s Koda saddle (a lady’s best friend).

 

Ti Tuesday: Tim Wiggins, his Ti Rove and the Dirty Reiver

It’s time for something a little different for Ti Tuesday. UK Kona Grassroots rider Tim Wiggins recently took part on the 200km (120 miles) Dirty Reiver and chose his Ti Rove to tackle the gravel course. We are going to kick things off with his race report and then get into his bike check. Read on.


Dirty Reiver 2017 - 45am. The sun glistens on the reservoir and bounces off morning dew. Kielder Forest – the largest forest in the UK, sits silently; its paths and tracks ready to welcome the largest gravel event in the UK – The Dirty Reiver 200.

A Reiver was a border knight – an armored horseback rider, patrolling the border between Scotland and England.

Today, 800 riders will take to the same trails and tracks that were ridden by the Reivers; except these riders will be on a plethora of cyclocross bikes, ‘gravel’ bikes and mountain bikes.

The Ride

Massed in front of Kielder Castle, the pre-event kit chat continues; as it has done for the preceding months.What tire width are those? How’s that Lauf suspension fork? Have you double wrapped your bar tape? Personally, I’m more concerned about how many flapjacks I can wolf down at each feed station, and whether I have enough supplies in my back pocket…7am. We roll down the hill from the castle, along the road for a short section, and then plunge into Kielder Forest.Gravel tracks take us from shady forest onto open heathland. Miles of expansive trails, punctuated with surprise climbs and off-camber gravel bends. The mass start is soon strung out. I decide to split from the small group I find myself in; opting instead to ride within my

The mass start is soon strung out. I decide to split from the small group I find myself in; opting instead to ride within my limits and play the ‘tortoise’ race tactic, which has worked well for me in the past. By 10 am the sun is strong, and I’ve passed through the first well-stocked feed station. I’m pleased to say I managed to grab 4 pieces of flapjack, and a banana #fuelfortheride. 90 kilometers in, and my legs are feeling accustomed to the challenging terrain; whilst my mind is getting accustomed to the rear wheel drifting around the gravel apex of every corner.

110 kilometers. Two feed stations passed (more flapjack, banana and Jaffa Cakes consumed). I am riding solo, and picking up several places from riders who went into the red early on.

At 140 kilometers, I pass a duo of riders. Ant White (a well-known endurance mountain biker) is one of the pairs and jumps on my wheel as I pass. For the next 20 kilometers, Ant and I swap places and shelter behind each other in the building wind. We rush into feed station #3: he foregoes the food, whilst I miss the drink. 200 kilometers on 2 bottles was not on the plan, but I dare not lose that wheel…

By 170 kilometers, we can see the Kielder reservoir coming back into sight. Having ridden a lap of the lake the day before, I move my hands down into the drops and push on: a smile spreading across my face as I take in the swooping pinecone strewn trail.

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As I roll onto Kielder Dam, and then onto the final ‘straight’ home, I glance back to see that Ant has dropped off. There’s nobody in my sights ahead, so I just lay my forearms on the tops, and push on for the final road section. A little bit more twisty singletrack, one last energy gel, a sprint up the hill to the Castle, and I cross the line.

07:51:04 hours of riding. 3,250 meters of climbing. 4th place out of 800 riders.

The challenge, excitement, and diversity of mixed surface endurance racing makes it clear why this kind of event is getting such a great following.

One big day out. One great day in the saddle.

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Clothing

My clothing choice was all about being versatile and comfortable. I opted for ¾ length Windstopper shorts from Gore Bike Wear, as well as the Gore Bike Wear Windstopper Power Zip-Off Jersey.

A GripGrab Cotton Cap, GripGrab Raptor Gloves, and GripGrab High-Cut Summer Socks protected my extremities. The only other piece of kit I took was the superb Gore ONE 1985 SHAKEDRY Jacket (which luckily remained stuffed in my Restrap framebag for the duration of the event).

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Accessories

To keep me grinding through the gravel, I took a few additional accessories to normal.

These included a Lezyne Rap20 Multitool (so many tools!), a Lezyne Road Drive Pump, 3 spare tubes, a spare gear cable, and a few other bits. My navigation came from the the Lezyne Super Enhanced GPS.

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One for your bucket list

The Dirty Reiver took inspiration from the Dirty Kansas – a huge gravel race in the USA. This second edition on UK soil has the same incredible mix of fun, drama and challenge. I can see this event growing rapidly year-on-year, and I thoroughly recommend adding it to your bucket list. I’ll be back for sure; and I am also avidly hunting down other ‘gravel’ events, both in the UK and abroad. ‘Gravel’ is growing, because it is such great fun to ride.

Kit Choices

Despite trying to abstain from the rampant kit-chat, I had made some customizations to my bike and kit for this event. In fact, it was pretty much a custom ‘gravel’ bike build, and a very carefully selected set of clothing and accessories.

The Kona Rove Ti

Built around a titanium Kona Rove frame, my bike for the Dirty Reiver was fitted with a Lauf suspension fork, 44cm carbon handlebars, and a SRAM 1×11 drivetrain – all to provide added comfort for hours in the saddle.

The day before the Dirty Reiver I made a very good decision to upsize my tires to the Panaracer Gravel King 40c Tubeless. The added grip, bounce, and puncture protection was very noticeable and very beneficial.

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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: Paul’s 1992 Kona Haole Has Been Places!

We’ve got quite the treat for you this Ti Tuesday. Paul Russo recently hit us up to say he’d bought his Haole brand new back in 1992 – and that means he’s had it for 25 years, or half his lifetime! Obviously we were keen to feature the bike, but the story gets even better. This Haole’s been places! We’ll leave it to Paul to give you the goods…

I purchased my Kona Ti Haole in February of 1992, from Roy’s Sheepshead Cycle in Brooklyn, and have been riding it consistently ever since.

At the time of purchase, I was 25 years old and had participated in my first triathlon the previous summer. It was then that I decided I wanted to pursue the sport of cycling on a higher level. After months of research, I knew I wanted to go with titanium, and Roy recommended the Kona Ti to me as a great frame, that was within my budget.

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While I did participate in a few crash-marred local road races, the focus of my riding for the next decade was triathlon. The highlights include three Ironman distance races, a half dozen half Ironman races and many century rides. The most notable of all was when I took my Kona Ti to Kona HI, to race in the 1999 Ironman Triathlon World Championships.

Since then, with my last competitive race over a decade ago, I’ve continued to ride and train. Over the last few years, I my had my Haole set up as a commuter bike, navigating the potholed streets of New York City. While I don’t commute on it anymore, it did hold up well to the abuse. As you can tell from the pictures, the current state of the bike is a bit marked up and some of the associated components might be a bit dated, but it’s still a great ride.

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What’s the future of my Kona? I’ve been toying with the idea of doing a triathlon again at some point. This winter, I’m planning to set up my bike on an indoor trainer for some winter training from the comfort of my basement.

I fully expect to have and ride my Kona Ti for many more years to come. Thanks for making a great frame.

Sincerely,
Paul Russo, 50
Brooklyn, New York

What a testament to the longevity of Ti! Scroll down for more details of this well-traveled Haole, and when you’re done, peruse the Ti Tuesday archives and #TiTuesdaysWithKona on Instagram. If you’ve got a Ti Kona bike, please do get in touch!

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We Want You! On Kona’s Ti Tuesdays…

Want to see your bike on Kona’s Ti Tuesdays? Here’s the step-by-step guide…

There’s just something about titanium, the magical material that looks incredible without paint, resists corrosion naturally, and has the supple ride qualities to back up its aesthetic and functional virtuosity.

Kona has been making bikes from titanium since the way way back… 1991 to be exact. Ti could also be considered short for “timeless”, as our Ti bikes from throughout the years still have that ineffable joy, and can be polished up to their original sheen if you so wish.

Last year we launched #TiTuesdaysWithKona, a weekly feature of the weird and wonderful world of Ti. Each and every build comes out unique, just to the owner’s specifications, often becoming as cherished as a member of the family. We’ve been loving the influx of Ti here at Kona, and we know there’s more out there.

untitled-0648Darren’s Humuhumu is over the top. See more HERE.

So, you want to see your bike featured on Ti Tuesday? Here’s what we need:

What Kind of Photos Do We Need?

We usually publish 8-10 photos so you probably want to submit 15-20 total. Images submitted should be resized to 2000 pixels wide, ideally in landscape (horizontal) orientation.

Details, Details, Details…

We always need one high quality drive side profile shot, and then detail shots to back it up. If you look through the Ti Tuesday archives you’ll see a lot of great examples – and not all of them were shot by professionals!

The first and simplest trick to ensure you get decent images is to find a nice wall to lean the bike on: something clean visually that won’t distract from the bike. Then make sure the bike’s in the big ring, medium rear gear, with cranks level.

It’s all about the details with Ti. The beauty of a weld, of the finish, and of the custom build that adorns it. Head tube, headset, cool parts… get in there close! Or medium…

eddy_honzo_titues-2731Eddy’s Ti Honzo and the classic Ti shine.

What Kind of Camera Should You Use?

The best case is that you shoot with a DSLR camera, and have the lens zoomed in beyond 50mm focal length. This will help separate the bike from its environment and keep the focus on the details.

If you don’t have a DSLR camera, here’s our recommendation: shoot the bike in the least distracting environment possible. As noted above, a clean wall can go a long way toward getting great images from a smaller camera.

JohnKendalRaijin-17John’s Raijin is living proof that there are no rules when it comes to Ti builds.

What’s the Story Behind the Build?

How did you get the bike, what do you plan to do with it? Is this your all mountain shredder, your dual duty commuter, or your grocery getter? Is there something about this build that’s particularly worthy of attention?

Have you been lusting for a Ti Kona for years, and finally went for it? Did you pick the bike up at a consignment shop, or score it from the original owner on Craigslist? Did you finally convince your dad to let you bring his old bike back from the dead?

Alright, You’ve Convinced Me… How Do I Submit?

Ready to submit? Have some questions? Send an email to caleb@konaworld.com and we’ll get you sorted out.

Dew_Ireland-8978Garry’s Di2 Ti Rove… mmmmm…

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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To see more Kona Ti bikes, click here to see the Ti Tuesday archives – and share your own Ti builds at the #TiTuesdaysWithKona tag on Instagram.

Ti Tuesday: Eric’s Ultimate bike packing rig

Eric Plankton is a Finnish Kona Super Grassroots rider who spent last year bike-packing around Europe onboard his trusty Kona Rove. For 2016 he has refined his tastes and built up what he calls “the ultimate bike packing rig“. That ultimate rig is this Ti Raijin and just looking at these photos, it seems to be moving up my list too. He may have built it for bike-packing but Eric’s Rajin is built for all round good times on ALL terrain!

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Ti Raiin-3 First we have the super light and sexy Race Face Next SL crank in 175mm length with a direct mount 30T ring. The SRAM X1 11-speed derailleur provides reliable and precise shifting without breaking the bank. For the cassette we decided to try something new and went for the Sunrace 11-42T wide ratio. So far the performance has been excellent with smooth shifting.

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Since the bike will be primarily used for bike packing I decided to go for 27.5 wheels with a plus sized tire. The Easton Heist 30 if fairly light yet strong enough for riding with a loaded bike. The wheel set comes fully tubeless ready with rim tape and valve installed. Another good thing about the wheels is that the straight pull spokes are the same length all around. So changing a spoke in the bush should be quick and easy. The set came with 5 spare spokes, which is great. The WTB Trailblazer 2.8 tires mounted on to the 30mm wide rim super easy with a loud snap. The Trailblazer casing is actually wider than the knobs, so there is plenty of clearance in the back even with the sliders in the front position.

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I was originally planning on building the Raijin with 29 wheels and a light carbon fork. But when I decided to go with the more “fun” 27.5+ tires I also figured out that a suspension fork would add not only a kilogram of weight, but also a ton of fun. So now the Raijin is equipped with a Rockshox Pike RCT 29” with 120mm of travel. The Pike should handle everything that comes easily, even with a loaded bike.

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The Race Face Next 35 carbon bar weighs just 180g! It has a 20mm ride and is wide enough for a big guy at 760mm. The Aeffect stem is 70mm. I have to do more riding and longer days to fully dial in the riding position and bar height. Then I can cut the steer tube to the correct length.

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SRAM Guide RSC brakes with 180mm rotors offer plenty of power and good modulation.

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The frame has internal routing for a dropper seat post, so installation was simple and looks clean. The Turbine dropper seatpost has been great so far. Works like a charm and should increase confidence on steeper descents. Saddle will be the Brooks Cambium once I get another one for this bike. I had one on the Kona Rove all of last year, and really liked it.

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I really like the reliability of Shimano pedals. The XT M8020 pedal has a small gage to give extra support and reduce the possibility to slip. The cage makes it possible to do short rides without SPD shoes when camping. For example getting water or doing a grocery run in the good old Crocs, which are by the way great camp shoes after a long day of riding. They also work for wading rivers.

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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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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!