Kris Dennan sent us a shot of his Kona that he built up from a frame and fork. It didn’t take too much convincing to get him to do a little reader’s ride(s) write up about his new toy. This is what Kris shared with Fat-Bike about the build.
I ride for Kona and have a WO that I built up so I thought I’d send a recent ride pic. I built it up from just the frame. I got the frame and fork from Dale Plant and put a new MRP Fat Fork on it. I laced up Hope hubs to Surly Rolling Darryl rims so I had to use the MRP adapter (which requires running a 180mm front rotor) because the hub is the “old standard”, rear spaced 135mm front hub. The MRP fork is designed for new standard, front spaced hubs.
- Surly Nate tires
- Gold Race Face Turbine bars with Green ESI grips
- Race Face Turbine (90mm) stem
- Race Face Next SL carbon seat post for a little give
- Fizik Aliante Gamma XM saddle
- Hope skewers and seat post clamp
- Sram X9 shifters, brakes and drivetrain.. 24-39t chainrings with an All Mtn. ring guard on Race Face Turbine cranks
- Time DH pedals
- Cane Creek 40 series headset
- Jandd Large Frame Pack
I live by Stratton Mtn. ski area in Vermont.
I work for a guy who is on the board of IMBA, managing his estate and building singletrack on his 420 acres.
Kona is awesome. I worked at a shop for years and sold their bikes. I’ll be racing Gravel Grinders this year and am riding the WO for fun. Next year I’ll be racing in the winter.
I usually get around 15 hrs a week on the WO and just do big adventures on the snowmobile trail network that covers the state.
The WO is an awesome bike when you build it up from a frame. It is true to Kona style, with great manners in technical terrain. Super stable without feeling sluggish.
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