We’ve seen some pretty insane steel Honzo builds over the last couple of years, but Nate from Velo Pro Cyclery has well and truly built one of the best weve ever seen.  I mean this thing takes the cake, and we are talking like a triple-layered wedding cake here. Nate has been on Kona’s since the fifth grade, starting on a 2007 Shred 24 this Honzo is his seventh Kona bike.

“I also ride a 2018 Process 153 CR DL 27.5 but felt like getting back on the hardtail. Hopefully later this year I will begin a Honzo CR build.”

Man, we cannot wait to see what he comes up with for that bike!

The ride starts here. For the last six years, Nate has been a full-time mechanic at Velopro Cyclery in Santa Barbara, Ca. Notice the lack of cables in this full parts build photo? 
We’ve seen SRAM AXS bits and bobs pop on quite a few builds recently, but not on any steel hardtails. Nate’s bike changes all that, he has matched the XX1 34t crankset with a wireless SRAM AXS XX1 rear derailleur, an XX1 oil slick chain and Oil Slick xx1 cassette.
The wheelset is built for the rigors of hardtail life, DT Swiss 350 hubs laced to Santa Cruz’s lifetime warranty Reserve 30 rims.
A Maxxis Minion DHR 29×2.3 can be found up front and the fast-rolling Maxxis Aggressor 2.3 out the back.

Although many people out there over fork their Honzo with 130 and 140mm forks, Nate has opted for the recommend 120mm travel in the form or a set of Pike Ultimates. a Mango Chris King headset keeps things turning smoothly.
Braking is thanks to SRAM’s reliable, powerful and lightweight Guide RSC’s.


The rest of the cockpit is comprised of a Race Face Atlas 50mm headset, a Race Face Six C set of bars (in 31.8) and a Timber bell (the perfect accessory for maintaining a six-foot distance from other riders). Orange Kona Key Grips round things out.
oh I Spoke too soon, a Specizied SWAT tool is actually the finishing touch on the cockpit.
The whole build is completed with a Ti railed WTB Volt saddle and one crazy looking damped seat post, a Kinekt Body Float from Cirrus Cycles