Okay I have a confession, I hadn’t organised a Ti Kona for this weeks #TiTuesdaysWithKona. Luckily though, the good folk at Kona dealer Sellwood Cycles in Portland already had one for me to “borrow” from their blog. They posted up this sweet build last week and I figured it would be rude not to re-post it here on the Cog.
If you haven’t had the joy of riding a Kona Esatto Ti yet, you should. Or guy Matt rides his nearly every day, and for good reason: it’s SO smooth. The Esatto Ti is one Kona‘s first disc brake road-specific offerings, and though it’s been out for a couple years now it’s like most Kona “road bikes”: it’s a do everything kind of ride that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Kona did a good thing with the Esatto, but making a titanium version of the bike really sends it over the fence.
The Esatto Ti comes standard with a 12×142 rear thruaxle and a Kona Carbon Race Disc fork. Clearly a solid foundation for any bike worth getting rad on.
Matt built his frame up around a Shimano Ultegra 6800 group (compact cranks, and an 11-32 cassette). The wheelset are handbuilt 28t DT Swiss 240 hubs laced to Stans Grail rims all wrapped in Specialized Roubaix tubeless tires that measure out to 33.3 (yes, “.3” because “every little bit counts” so says Matt). He’s also running the Shimano Road hydraulic disc brakes which, other than the fact his front brake probably needs to be bled, provide ample stopping power.
Some of the other creature comforts you can’t possibly miss is the FULL-SIZE frame pump (Matt’s particularly proud of it…) and titanium bottle cages.
Lastly this bike is topped off with a Bontrager saddle, Bontrager XXX seatpost, and Bontrager Iso-zone bars with EXTRA padding under the bar tape. It’s like riding a pillow! A PILLOW I SAY!
This is a solid build that we’re stoked to see in the shop nearly every day. Been thinking about pulling the trigger on a fly new bit of Titanium to add to your stable? You should come talk to Matt about it, he’ll help convince you it’s a darn good idea.