Ti Tuesday this week brings the winds of change. For the past few weeks we have focused on pavement orientated titanium beauties, but today we are changing that up and giving you the monster truck of hardtails, Eddy’s Ti Honzo to be precise. Now don’t be fooled, this particular bike isn’t brand new (although it’s a new 2016 model), Eddy’s been riding and testing this work of art for a while now, and despite being ridden daily, after every ride, it looks this clean. I’d expect that to be a trait most Ti owners share. Okay the bike. As you can see from main picture no expense has been spared in this build, from the SRAM XX1 drive train though to the carbon WTB hoops Eddy’s Ti Honzo is the perfect mix of function and bling. On a side note why can’t all cable guides be that rad!
A 74.5 degree seat tube is one of the only numbers on the Honzo that differs from its full suspension Process 111 cousin (the Process features a 74 degree seat angle). The head tubes angles are the same at 68 and the reach again is the same at 460mm on a size large. And like the Process range of bikes, the Honzo features massive standover clearance and as you can see, just the right amount of Titanium (in all the right places).
Although with no linkage to get in the way and that super funky curved seat tube, the Ti Honzo pulls off ultra short 415mm rear stays with ease.
I Probably should have broached this earlier in the #tituesdayswithkona series. What does 3-2.5 Titanium actually mean? Well 3-2.5 Titanium is an incredibly strong and lightweight metal consisting of 3 percent aluminum, 2.5 percent vanadium, and 94.5 percent pure titanium. It’s characterized by excellent fatigue life, lightweight property consistency, form-ability as well as corrosion resistance.
The drivetrain that started it all off, SRAM’s XX1. There is not much left to be said about this, I mean it changed the way we ride. Oh and by looking at that 28t direct mount SRAM ring Eddy is running, you’d be correct in guessing he lives where the climbs are steep and the desents are well and truly earned. Gears not your thing? Just like the steel Honzo the Ti version comes complete with sliding dropouts should you want to enter that single speed pain cave.
Tried and true SRAM Guide RSC brakes slow things down and SRAM’s new centerline rear rotors eliminate that pesky squeal. Unlike the 2016 alloy Honzo (which features 148 x 12) the Ti model sticks with a 142×12 rear axle configuration.
The always reliable Maxxis Minion EXO DHF is wrapped around WTB’s latest carbon 29″ hoops, the Ci24’s (that would be C for carbon and i24 for an internal rim width of 24mm). Chromag’s carbon BZA bar holds things down in the cockpit. Its 800mm width and 15mm rise are all held in place by a matching 35mm bar clamp Chromag BZA stem. It most certainly is business time.
A straight 44mm head tube keeps things classy up front.
I just can’t get enough of that cable routing.
The Ti Honzo has tire clearance for days.
I didn’t even know Hope made headsets? Well they do and Eddy has them on his bike. Stainless ball bearings and a bunch of seals will keep these puppies running smooth all winter long.
Eddy put a Pike on it.
Titanium Kona owners seem to share a few things in common. A love for King cages is one of them. Oh I Almost forgot to mention the Ti Honzo is stealth dropper compatible.
There you have it. Eddy’s Ti Honzo and now my dream bike. Production models of these works of art are literally on their way to our distributors now and will be at dealers very soon. Numbers are limited, so if you like what you see here you best get a pre-order in with your local Kona dealer soon. In the mean time you can find even more info on the Ti Honzo here.