Kevin’s Honzo ST has been a while coming, since he first tagged it with #KonaDreamBuilds emails have found their way to junk folders, file downloads have expired and it just slipped under the radar. Thankfully we finally have it here for you because this single speed race steel race machine is a thing of beauty!
“I race XC for a Behind Bars Bike Shop in NE Minneapolis and a few years ago my race bike was down for repair, so at the last minute I called the shop owner Chuck personally and asked him to borrow a bike for a race, of course being my buddy he helped me out. Chuck told me to come to his house and pick one up. When I showed up he handed me a Honzo set up single speed, this was a big surprise for me as I did not race SS and I had never even rolled one on a trail. Needing the points, I took the bike to give it my best shot. I finished the race third overall (in my age group) and would have taken first in the SS class if I had registered SS. From then on I wanted one, and now years later I’ve built this bad boy. “
A set of Race Face’s reliable and stiff 175mm Turbine cranks combined with a 32t Race Face narrow wide chainring keep the Honzo moving forward at pace while the hidden Hope BB ensures that its going to keep spinning in all types of muck..
Out the back you’ll find an 18t chainring on a Hope Pro4 SS rear hub as well as a super tidy way to keep the locknut in place on the adjustable horizontal drop outs.
Kevin has taken the gold from the frames decals and echoed it in the chain and the single speed spacers.
Oh and the gold pops up again in the nipples for on these custom built 45mm wide Velocity Dually hoops.
The 2.4 Continental X-Kings are even sporting that gold highlight!
Stoping is looked after by Hope’s Tech3 E4 brakes….
… with 180 rotors.
RockShox’s Pike RCT3 Debonair keeps the front end tracking while a 150mm stealth Rock Shox Reverb gets that WTB Volt out of the way when things get rowdy.
More gold and more Race Face this time in the cockpit where Kevin has enlisted some 800mm Turbine R bars, and the matching 35mm stem, complete with Ti Gold bolts. The black Hope headset is a nice touch, gold here might have pushed things over the top.
And in case you didn’t get the memo… Gold… Well that rad Portland Design Works Sparrow cage is actually copper but those Ti cable guides sure look gold.