We spied this interesting looking Raijin on Instagram a few weeks back and it turns out it’s owned by Texas Kona dealer John Kendall of Local Hub Bicycle Company. John says this bike has been about 8 years in the making. “I thought it would be cool to take a 29’er mountain bike, outfit it for riding gravel roads and build it up to have the strength to put up with whatever I could throw at it during a commute but also be comfortable enough to ride all day at a gravel event.”JohnKendalRaijin-11The original plan was to base the build around a steel frame, but when he recently decided to strip his first generation Ti Raijin he figured that it would be the perfect base for the project.JohnKendalRaijin-12The Easton Haven wheels hint at the all mountain build the Raijin originally had while the Enve carbon fork and scandium rack add pedalling efficiency and cargo room.  JohnKendalRaijin-14 XT 1×11 turn the Havens and 105 hydro levers go through a Wolftooth Tanpan to control the derailleur. 180./160 rotors stop the bike and an ergo dirt drop bar steers the bike through a Chris King headset. A Raceface N/W blue ring spinning in a Wheels MFG bottom bracket with a KMC DLC blue chain and blue Jagwire housings and hose add some color.

JohnKendalRaijin-15 The bike is still a work in progress for John, he has plans for an Enve wheelset trimmed in blue along with an Enve seatpost and stem, and maybe a Brooks saddle.JohnKendalRaijin-16 JohnKendalRaijin-19-1 JohnKendalRaijin-20