“If I owned a bike company…” You may not have muttered those words, but no doubt, at some point in your cycling life, you almost definitely have thought them. And I’m guessing here, but I’d hazard a guess that it was most likely in relation to building your dream bike. Well, Kona co-founder and co-owner Dan Gerhard recently channeled your inner Dream Build wishes and put together this absolutely stunning Ti Humuhumu, and he spared no expense.
Yes, those cranks are exactly what you think they are. Cane Creek’s insanely strong yet exquisite titanium eeWings. The 400gram crankset is 20-30% stiffer than premium carbon cranks and uses a propriety 30-tooth hearth joint joining the crank together, it also features hollow tube arms for a superior stiffness-to-weight ratio and a CNC machined aluminum preload with a titanium bolt for a more precise and durable setup. Not that he’ll need it but the eeWings come with a 10 year warranty!
Oh yeah, and that’s what you think it is too. Dan called in a favor from the crew at Cane Creek and managed to procure himself one of the first Hellbender BB‘s off the production line. The Hellbender combines SKF’s MTRX bearing technology, with Cane Creek’s years of expertise to create possibly the greatest BB and crank combination of all time.
Black Spire’s 34t Boost Snaggletooth CNC’d front chainring transfers all that power from the cranks out the back. Kona’s Wah Wah II alloy pedals provide a sturdy platform for Five 10’s and flip flops alike.
Bringing Sexy (out) Back. The Humuhumu’s sliding rear dropouts make for super easy single speed set up. Out back on Dan’s build, you’ll find the chain wrapped around an 18t Chris King stainless steel single speed cog, the cog is mounted to Barnoldswick’s finest, a set of Hope Pro 4’s.
The Hope Pro 4’s are laced to 38mm Carver carbon hoops. The fork was made especially for the build and is a Cromo thru-axle fork with a 435mm axle to crown height, it uses the 2020 Unit dropout. Rubber is courtesy of WTB and is their hugely popular and versatile Venture 50 tire.
The brakes are a full Hope affair and feature the English company’s infamous floating rotors (160mm front and rear). The four piston one-piece CNC’d calipers are Hope’s flagship enduro E4 units which are matched with their Tech 3 levers up on the bar.
Hope’s CNC’d Tech 3 levers.
A 50mm AM/FR Hope stem holds the Race Face SixC bars in place, while a Chris King headset ensures that things will be running smoothly for years!
To complete the blue theme Dan had the orange highlight on the Humuhumu stripped and replaced with a subtle amount of blue. We think the result is nothing short of amazing and truly a bike dreams are made of.