14 year old Elliot Smith had a chance last summer to ride Connor Fearon’s Shonky as Kona’s World Cup downhiller was passing through Squamish en route to Crankworx Whistler. The bike and the experience clearly planted a seed within the young rider, and after spending the last four months saving and calling in favors from some very good friends, Elliot finally managed to piece together this very rad 2017 Shonky AL.
The frame is our classic Shonky in the 2017 metallic blue and gold colorway. The MRP Slope fork, Stans Flow MK3 wheels and Vee Rubber MK3 tires are the real standouts of the build. That said, a lot of time spent on Pinkbike’s buy and sell forum and on Craigslist revealed a legit Kona Pivotal saddle and a 31.6 Macneil post. The retro Elixir brake does the job slowing down the rig and the Spank half link chain rounds out the build and every 14 year olds must have dirt jump accessory.