Kona Dream Builds: A Raijin Ti that’s sure to catch your Eye

If you are a fan of Titanium Hardtails, then brace yourself as this one is set to make you go weak at the knees!

This Raijin Ti 29er Singlespeed custom build was put together for one very lucky customer by the guys at the Kona Bike Shop in the U.K. Rich the mechanic there said that it was ‘built with love’ as he spent hours carefully slotting together the pieces of this pretty awesome puzzle. Only the finest parts were used and the result is most certainly an eye catcher.

Rich also mentioned that the customer wanted a lightweight, simple hardtail and that he was set on it on the Raijin as thanks to the sliding Dropouts, it allowed him to run it Singlespeed.

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Ben Hazell | KONA COG Beautiful in it’s simplicity . . .
Ben Hazell | KONA COG The combination of Silver/Gold and Orange works so well
Ben Hazell | KONA COG The super Lightweight XC Focused Raijin Titanium
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Fox Factory 34’s provide some serious squish at the front end
Ben Hazell | KONA COG The golden Kashima coat ties in nicely with this colour theme
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Carbon Sram XO Crankset keeps the weight down
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Sliding Dropouts allow the Raijin to be set up Singlespeed without the need for a Chain Tensioner
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Orange Hope kit is plentiful on the Raijin, including V4 Brakeset & Pro4 Hubs
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Braided Hoses too for that extra stopping power
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Rotors that perfectly match up to the Hubs – perfection
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Maxxis Ikon Skinwalls not only look fantastic, but also keep the weight and rolling resistance to a minimum
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Kashima coated Fox Transfer Dropper Post looks well at home on this build
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Renthal Bar & Stem make up the cockpit
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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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 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: “I’m going to own this bike forever” Connor Fearon’s Ti Humuhumu

When we brought you news of Connor Fearon’s contract extension back in September, we also included a little sneak peek at his Ti Humuhumu that Kona co-founder Jacob Heilbron gifted him as his signing bonus. When Connor showed up at Retallack for our Operator and Hei Hei Trail media launch a few weeks back with the bike packed away in a box, we just had to build it up and shoot you a full set. How does one of the fastest downhill riders on the planet build a cruiser? Like this.heiheiop-3694

The Ti Humuhumu’s are extremely limited in numbers, each individual build just seems to ooze class, Connor’s is no exception.


While many Ti builds we feature on the Cog are built with classic Ti components and retro cranksets, Connor opted for lightweight carbon parts, Truvativ XO cranks and a direct mount X-Sync 32T ring propel the Ti Humuhumu.


Connor went for simplicity with the build and spec’d his Humuhumu as a single speed with an 18t cog out the back.


SRAM’s latest and greatest Guide Ultimate brakes provide more stopping power than could ever be required, as well as a place to squeeze in a little more carbon.


SRAM’s Guide Ultimate brakes are the business, the increased opening and heatshield keep them from overheating, and the new piston pockets keep the brakes consistent. Features that all cruisers need!


With Connor’s connections he could have installed something pretty trick from Rock Shox, instead he opted to keep the Humuhumu true to its roots with a classic P2 rigid Kona fork.


Finding the wheels was the biggest challenge Connor faced. He had one QR carbon SRAM Rise 60 wheel and wanted to match the front and rear, but finding a second quick release Rise 60 proved harder than planned. In the end, Connor had to drop some cash to pick up the matching wheel on eBay of all places!heiheiop-3688

No bike of Connor’s is complete until it’s labeled with a Stevie Smith tribute sticker. #longlivechainsaw




Ti Tuesday: Simon’s Ti Honzo

Simon Morton is a radio and television presenter based in Wellington, New Zealand who bowed recently to peer pressure from his friends and decided to join their long travel hard tail gang. He wanted his new bike to be comfortable, and to handle long days in the saddle as well as cope with the more tech/steep local tracks. After settling on the Ti Honzo, Simon moved bits and pieces from other bikes. The result is a modest build with splashes of class. “This bike is light, fast, super precise, yet has flex and softness (the opposite of the rider!) I’ve never experience in a hard tail.”

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All Photos: chainslapmag.com

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Tried and true… These XT pedals and cranks have seen their share of chainrings!

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Tubes on tubes.

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“Always Reliable” has been written about Shimano XT brakes so many times, and there is a reason, they are!

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Chris King head-sets always add a touch of class.

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Puts a Pike on it.

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Ti Tuesday: Mountain Bike Action Reivew the Ti Honzo “Riders seeking a fun and playful hardtail should look no further than the Honzo”

Some of you may remember that the crew at Mountain Bike Action took delivery of a Ti Honzo a few months ago. Well their March issue dropped this week and with it, their thoughts on possibly the most desirable Honzo we have ever produced. You can find their latest issue here or where good magazines are sold, alternatively you can click here to view the review as a PDF.



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!