As co-owner of Kona dealer Mud Cycles (Wellington, NZ), David had been jonesing for a Ti Honzo for a while, when the opportunity finally arose to secure one, he was not going to let the shiny lightweight frame slip through his hands. He’d been planning the build for a while, so much so that when the frame arrived almost all the parts had already shown up. David’s build, as blingy as it is, is built up as a daily driver, his shop is located just a stone’s throw from the Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park and the weather and conditions there are often wet, muddy and miserable. The annual rainfall in Wellington is 1249mm, (Vancouver BC is 100mm less at 1117mm) so the bike and its components had to be able to cope with some rather inclement weather. We’ll think you’ll agree that the build straddles the bling/functional balance perfectly. Read on for more photos and detailed look at the bikes spec.
The drivetrain consists of Race Face Six C cranks and Crank Brothers pedals up front…
…and the always reliable Shinamo XT 11 speed out back.
The red chain is KMC’s X11SL DLC, and kicks of Dave’s red-themed build.
Like its steel Honzo sibling, the Ti Honzo also features sweet sliding horizontal drop-outs.
The red theme is continued in the cockpit with the ANVL Swage stem and the ANVL Mandrel carbon bar.
The cable routing is kept tidy with some nice use of black shrinkwrap.
Being a Kiwi, Dave runs his brakes “moto”, the bikes simple cable system supports this easily. Oh yeah, those are Ti bolts too.
Shimano XT stoppers, and XTR shifters look after one side of the cockpit…
…while the ever popular Wolf Tooth ReMote operates the dropper.
And that dropper is the KS Lev CI, the 120mm dropper features a full carbon mast and weighs in at just 420 grams
The wheels are built around Hope Pro 4’s…
Laced to Roam 29 carbon rims.
Theres an Ardent out front and out back you’ll find this 2.5WT Maxxis Aggressor
With ample clearance.
More Ti hardware, this time to hold the XT stoppers in place.
SDG’s amazing “Chepi” Ltd Edition Duster saddle continues the Ti theme.
Just a reminder its made of Ti, the complete bike, with chunky tires and pedals weighs in at 28 pounds.