Everyone is always gonna spec their Kona Dream Build a little different than the next person. Nowhere in our MTB range is that more evident than on the Honzo. You can build it up as a steel brawler enduro rig, the perfect balanced trail bike or even, like our pro endurance team have done in the past, as a world Cup XC racebike. Tim Moody from Southwest Bikes in Las Vegas went with the later and as put together one of the coolest Honzo builds we’ve seen! “I’ve been on my Honzo ST that I custom built and I love the bike, but at the launch last year I saw the new carbon frame paint job and had to have one. I intended to pull the parts off of my ST and install them on the Honzo CR frame but when it got here I couldn’t bring myself to put used parts on it so I sold my ST and decided to see how light I could build it and ended up going a little crazy with the build. Plus I figured I already have sweet builds on my 153 Cr and my 29er operator CR so why not just go carbon on all of my mountain bikes. The finished weight without pedals came to 22.3lbs.”
Like the dreamiest of dream builds, Tim has opted for SRAM’s wireless AXS system for the drivetrain, choosing the XX1 version.
He’s opted for the XX1 Oil Slick cassette and oil slick chain too, the funky rainbow colors working perfectly with the Honzo’s color-changing prism paint job.
While we do see people putting 140mm forks on their Honzo’s the current bike is really designed around a 120m fork, and as far as 120mm forks go, they don’t get much more badass than Fox’s Factory Step-Cast 34. For hoops, Tim has gone with a set of Reynolds Blacklabel XC 259 rims with I9 Hydra hubs. The tires are a mix of Maxxis Rekon’s with an Exo casing 3C 29x2.6 up front and an Exo casing 29x2.4 out back.