If you follow Kona on Instagram you may have seen an epic photo of Finn rallying his Honzo ESD down some seriously steep terrain recently. Finn is a trail builder and rider based in Washington State, in all honesty the Honzo ESD was built for guys like Finn. Riders who like their trails super steep, ultra techy and want a simple bike that can take the constant abuse of being ridden EVERY SINGLE DAY. When the photos of Finn shredding first showed up, we just knew we had to know more about his custom ESD build. Before even posting the riding shot, we’d all ready fired an email off to photographer Eric Mickelson to get us a Kona Dream Build photo-set and Finn’s build list. So without further ado, here is Finn’s ESD Dream Build.
Things kick off with a set of Shimano XT cranks with a 30t Shimano chain ring.
Out the back Finn has opted for a SRAM GX DH rear derailleur and a SRAM GX DH 7 speed cassette. Finn is a big dude, the frae is XL and hes opted for to run the sliding dropouts in their longest setting.
The ESD comes spec’d with a 150mm fork but Finn has opted for a 160mm travel Cane Creek Helm.
Raising that front end even higher is a 40mm rise Renthal Fatbar 35.
A Race Face Aeffect 40mm headset sits atop a Cane Creek 40 headset.
Stopping power comes courtesy of a set of SRAM Code RSC brakes.
There’s a 200mm rotor up front and a 180mm rotor out the back.
Finn chooses ODI Elite Pro grips for the bikes most important contact points, keep things comfy and ergonomic hes also opted for a PNW Components Loam Lever to operate the bikes droppe post.
And the seatpostjust happens to be a 200m Fox Transfer with a WTB Silverado saddle sitting on top of it.
In the wheel and tire department you’ll find Hope Pro 4 hubs laced to DT Swiss rims, a 512 up front and a 471 in the rear. The wheels are shod with Schwalbe Mary Super Trail and Specialized Hillbilly Grid Trail respectively. The rear tire also has a Cush Core Pro insert.