Nico Duarte felt that his Kona Operator CR was a little lonely and that it needed a friend. That friend arrived in the form of this gorgeous steel Shonky, purchased from his local Kona dealer Natura Vélo. Nico wanted a bike that could perform dual duty on his local pump track and his local dirt jumps and this resulting build sure ticks all the right boxes.
For the drivetrain, Nico went with a set of Shimano Saint cranks with a local french T.A One chainring in 32t, the rear is a 14t. The half link chain from The Shadow Conspiracy is not just burly and super rad looking, it also allows you to slam the real wheel further in than possible with a standard MTB chain.
For the last few years, the Rock Shox Pike DJ has been only available in gloss black, but for 2020 they introduced it in gunmetal gray. Nico thought a black fork was arriving so was super stoked when this bad boy showed up.
The wheels are DT Swiss EX471 laced to Hope Pro4 hubs. both tires are from Maxxis, a DTH out the back and an Icon up front, Nico swapped a Big Mac Combo for the set!
Shimano’s always-reliable Shimano XT brakes keep the speed in check.
For the bar and stem Nico went with a 20mm rise Renthal Fatbar cut to 770mm with matching stem. A set Ergon GD1 Evo Factory grips with oil slick collars round out the cockipt
When Nico discovered the oil slick railed SDG Bel Air 3.0 saddle he knew it would be the perfect fit.
And the final piece of the puzzle is this set of large Crankbrothers Stamp 7 pedals.

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