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.
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!
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.
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.
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:
Thank you Kona for making all my riding miles smiles – and father, artist, and teacher friendly. Thumbs up!
P.S. I constantly hear how clean the welds are…Thank you Lynskey Performance USA!