Kona owner Jake Aisenbrey used the #tituesdayswithkona hashtag to show us his freaking awesome 2016 Ti Kona Rove and we thought it would be a crime for us not share it with you. The always versatile Kona Rove gets supercharged with Jake’s practical and sublime gravel grinding build. In Jake’s own words “It is not a weight weenie build, but rather one with solid components and durability in mind. The main purpose of this bike is for long distance gravel races over varying road surfaces. Porcelain Rocket out of Calgary, Alberta is even making a top tube bag that will compliment the whole build nicely.”
“I’m excited to rack up the miles this spring in preparation for race season to really get a good feel for the bike. I’m extremely pleased with the craftsmanship of the Lynskey fabricated frame and how everything came together. The Onyx Racing Products rear hub is by far my favorite single component; instant engagement is mind blowing, it is completely silent while freewheeling and spins nearly uncontested by drag with the ceramic bearings. Best of all, its built just a few hundred miles from where I live in Bismarck, ND. In case you were wondering the whole build kit weight is around 21.5lbs with pedals.”
Super low gearing is nice for some long gravel races. The White Industries VBC crank (50/32) allows for varying chainring sizes to allow for that 1:1 ratio. And its machined in California.
Shimano’s Ultegra drivetrain. Needs no explaining, it shifts perfectly every time and is bombproof.
The front wheel is laced to Hope Pro 2 Evo with DT Swiss Spokes.
The rear wheel hooks up on the Onyx Racing Products hub, it uses a one-way sprag bearing which accounts for nearly instant engagement, completely silent and minimal drag. Built in Minnesota!
Both wheels are laced to Blunt Rims from Velocity, both are 30mm wide and tubeless ready. Made in Florida.
Avid BB7 SL’s, so you don’t have to ride with DOT fluid and bleed kit.
For rubber Jake is running the Maxxis Rambler 38c, it’s the tire giant’s newest gravel oriented tire and is tubeless compatible with a fast rolling tread.
Old school Moots 27.2 cinch seatpost. Made in Colorado.
Excellently machined headset out of North Carolina.
Thomson makes some of the nicest stems in the industry. Made in Georgia.
Jake wanted a high-er end gravel/adventure bike and the 2016 Ti Rove fits the bill perfectly. American made is what he was shooting for with this build and we think he’s achieved it with style.