We featured Jouko‘s head-turning retro Killer Kilauea a few weeks back, well he’s back at it, this time with a Kona from a completely different century! Hi Sweet Honky Inc frame was purchased via Fillarikellari in Helsinki where Jouko works. “I found out that Kona Europe still had one of these six-year-old framesets in stock, most likely all alone waiting for me in a dimly lit dusty corner of a warehouse. The frame ticked all the boxes plus the size was perfect for me so I had to get it.”
The best roads are usually the ones in the worst condition. For the last few years, my old road bike has been a permanent fixture in our living room while I’ve been riding my cyclocross bike. I wanted to build a sort of an all-road bike with best features of the two, basically a fast enough bike I could ride all day, every day. I wanted the bike to have a steel frame, preferably a carbon fiber fork, disc brakes, enough room for 32 mm tires and a road bike-ish geometry.
Derailleurs and shifters are Shimano’s bombproof 9 speed Dura Ace 7700 series with a washing line-like cable routing. Handlebars are nice and wide Salsa Cowbell 3’s with a bit of flare and plenty of flair, it’s held in place by a Pro PLT stem. Ratio Pile bar tape is thick and soft and dampens vibrations nicely. A Cane Creek 110-series headset makes steering effortless. Brakes are also a familiar safe choice, Avid BB7’s. All in all nothing too fancy, but reliable nice parts many of which I chose because, to be honest, I happened to have them already.
My favorite part of the bike, chainset, is a lovely pair of old ISIS type Middleburns with a smooth as butter SKF bottom bracket that will most likely outlive me. Gearing is more cyclocross than road with 36/48t chainrings accompanied by an 11-28t cassette, it should be perfect for small roads and hardpack gravel rides I have in mind for the bike.
For water there’s two proven Blackburn Mountain bottle cages. Frame is roomy enough to have plenty of space for a frame bag even with two large bottles.
I’m currently running a pair of 32-622 Panaracer Paselas until my sweet 34-622 WTB Exposures arrive. I prefer the comfort, lightness and relative puncture resistance of a tubeless setup. The Exposures are super light and fast tires with just enough thread for the odd stray to a path less pedaled. Wheels themselves are nothing special but they get me where I need to go, I built them with some mismatching hubs, Alexrims rims and DT Champion spokes.
The bike feels way more relaxed and stable than my cyclocross bike and is still capable to rip on occasional singletrack. It’s really just what I had in mind, a real long distance winner. I’m still kind of going through my shakedown period with the bike but everything seems spot on. I can’t wait for the epic rides I’m going to have with this one.
Frame: Kona Honky Inc ‘12, butted cromoly, 61 cm
Fork / Headset: Kona Carbon Disc Race / Cane Creek 10-series
Derailleurs / Shifters: Shimano Dura-Ace 7700 2×9
Crankset / Bottom Bracket: Middleburn, 36/48t, SKF ISIS
Cassette / Chain: Sram 11-28t / Shimano HG93
Pedals: Shimano PD-M520
Handlebars / Stem / Bar tape: Salsa Cowbell 3 46 cm / Pro PLT 110 mm / Ratio Pile
Saddle / Seatpost: Bontrager Montrose Elite / Brand-X 0-setback
Brakes: Avid BB-7
Wheels / tires: Self built with mismatching hubs, DT Champion spokes & Alexrims rims / Panaracer Pasela 32-622