It started out with the idea of building a bike. Sure, I’ve had my share of bikes over the years, but I had never built one. So that was the start of this process: the desire to choose a frameset, research and pick out each part, and put it all together into something I would be proud to ride. Something one-of-a-kind. This is where the Esatto Ti comes in.
You see, I started my passion with bikes as a mountain biker. And I’ve always been fond of the Kona brand, but until recently, hadn’t ever owned one. That all changed when last season, I threw a leg over my brother’s Honzo AL/DL. Amazing bike. Soon after, I purchased a Honzo of my own: a 2019 Honzo CR. I tell you all of this because when the time came to build a capable and fun road bike, I was stoked to see that the Esatto Ti was an option. A USA-made (by Lynskey in Tennessee) titanium endurance road frameset from a brand whose mountain bike roots run deep. Perfect.
I ultimately chose to compliment stellar the frame with black parts and made decisions based on product reliability, performance, and value. I am very pleased how smooth titanium rides and think that the project turned out even better than I expected. I plan to ride my Esatto Ti for years to come.
Frame – Kona Esatto Ti
Fork – Kona Carbon Race
Size – 56
Headset – Cane Creek 40 series
Groupset – Shimano 105 7000 series
B/B – Shimano Ultegra, threaded
Wheelset – Mavic Allroad Elite UST
Brakes – TRP RG957
Handlebar – 3T Ernova
Stem – Deda Newton w/ti bolts
Seatpost – Thomson Elite
Seat Clamp – Kona clamp
Saddle – WTB Silverado
Front Tire – Mavic Yksion Elite Allroad UST, 700×30 (caliper measurement: 34)
Rear Tire – Hutchinson Fusion TLR, 700×28 (caliper measurement: 32)
Pedals – Crank Brothers Eggbeaters (told you I am a mountain biker)
Extras – Elite Cannibal XC bottle cages