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    My first ground-up build

    UPDATE: It's all here! Pics below, more pics coming.

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    Kona Honzo 20L
    Rockshox Revelation RCT3 140mm
    Headset: Cane Creek Forty top cup, Hope bottom cup
    Rockshox Reverb 125mm seatpost
    Bontrager Evoke RXL Carbon saddle
    Hope bolted seatpost collar
    Stans Flows on Hope Pro 2 Evo SS with Supercomps
    Rocket Ron 2.25 Fr & Ikon 2.2 Rr tubeless
    Hope Tech M4 Special Ed w/ 183mm/203mm floaters
    North Shore Billet brake mounts
    Sram XO Cranks w/ 28T HBC Ring
    Time Roc Atac Carbon pedals
    Surly 17T cog
    Sram PC-890 chain
    Easton Haven Carbon bar
    Easton Haven 70mm stem
    Bontrager Rhythm grips
    All titanium bolts except dropouts.

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    Looks to be a solid build and I feel we're going to have similar builds too.

    I have everything ready to go on my Kona Honzo 20L build as well, just need to find the time to get the frame rust treated and start building.

    As for the CC EC44 lower cup, I got mine here, no backorder lol. Universal Cycles -- Cane Creek 40 EC44 1.5" Lower Assembly

    And let me know how the bottom cup fits with the Revelation fork. I too am using the Revelation RLT 140 and some said the clearance with the CC40 is minimal. I have a Hope lower cup here, but I'd rather use the upper and lower CC40 cups.
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    I couldn't find the Hope part number for the bottom cup... What is it?

    Edit: nevermind, it's model H.

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    Finally got it done. Thanks to eurospek for selling me the bottom headset cup!

    I'm planning on getting some better shots soon, these were taken unloading for the inaugural ride. Unfortunately it's now very dirty, and the ride was pretty iffy as there's still 3in+ of snow on most of my trails.






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    That's nice... i loved building my Paragon (twice)---but first time I learned evrything (with some help from family) and with Zinn's book...

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    Sick build! Nice choice of parts...
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    Nice!

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    Well done, looks like a fun bicycle.

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    Cool bike and Jeep!

    On a side note, is it not better to run the front brake line on the inside of the fork leg just in case you crash. Same with the rear line, tuck it in be hide the chain stay.

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    That bike looks awesome! Nice Build! Congrats of your first frame up!

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    brake levers look too far in. unless ya got super long fingers?
    so my afro now sticks out of my helmet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeShopMonkey View Post
    brake levers look too far in. unless ya got super long fingers?
    Well done. You gave fit advice online without even needing to view the cyclist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeShopMonkey View Post
    brake levers look too far in. unless ya got super long fingers?
    Fairly long fingers, and 1 finger braking. I move them in enough so my hands are lined up on the grips, and my index finger lines up properly!
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    sweet build!!

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    Official weight (including mud):

    Drumroll please....

    26lbs 5oz

    edit: with pedals

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    Quote Originally Posted by noot View Post
    Official weight (including mud):

    Drumroll please....

    26lbs 4oz

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    That's an awesome weight for a 20L frame. I'm aiming for 28-29 lbs. My Transition TransAM was 33.5 lbs.
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    Nice bike man!

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    Can anyone tell me the rear dropout spacing? is it 135mm or the new 12 x 142mm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eworth781 View Post
    Can anyone tell me the rear dropout spacing? is it 135mm or the new 12 x 142mm?
    135x10 QR sliders, but Kona is coming out with 142x12 dropouts for this too I read.
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    Nice build and very respectable weight as that frame is a tad heavier. Post some drive train side shots too and dirty looks better anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SS Hack View Post
    Nice build and very respectable weight as that frame is a tad heavier. Post some drive train side shots too and dirty looks better anyway.
    I have some, but I'm embarrassed that I'm still using the stock derailleur dropout hanger on a SS

    Just kidding, I'll grab some shots tonight (ride #2!)
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    Got the tires today, had a reasonable ride.

    Some observations:

    The rockshox fork has significantly less stiction than any of my previous fox forks (haven't tried kashima), and its only 2 rides old.

    The hans dampfs are stupid soft. You can twist the side lugs at least 90degrees with no effort, it's insane. They're also very noticeably heavy and slow compared to my previous tires, but traction is excellent so far. Once conditions improve I'm sure I'll be even more impressed.

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    good job, its nice being your own mechanic !

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    So I was all ready to go for a ride tonight, and I woke up to this!

    My buddy took this pic on his morning commute.

    DAMMIT CANADA

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    Nice bike and very interesting improvements..

    Good luck

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    I woke up 8 inches of snow a few weeks ago, fortunately it was gone within a few days. Good ole Arizona. Ive been riding SS on my Honzo for about a month now and it freaking rips! With your setup (lower weight, more travel) i think your gonna love it. Looking forward to some pics and ride reviews once the snow melts .

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    That looks like a fun bike.
    I only ride bikes to fill the time when I'm not skiing.

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    80 degrees, low humidity, and a slight breeze here in Dallas.... of course two days ago we had 12 tornados.
    Nice build.

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    Just threw my old tires back on. See my thread here:
    Light tires = more fun.

    Now that the Honzo is more similar to my old bike in terms of weight/etc, I can REALLY notice the short chainstays and slack headtube. Snapping the bike around corners is exhilarating, the rear wheel feels more "under" rather than "behind".

    Cresting short steep sections requires more conscious effort to keep the front wheel tracking straight due to the slack head angle, but this is made up for when you're headed downwards
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    Noot,

    Sweet looking Honzo. I just finished my first build of the similar dimensioned canfield nimble 9 after much agonizing between honzo and nimble 9. I took her out the last two days for inaugural rides and I have to agree with your description of the ride on the short chainstay 29ers. You can whip these bikes through turns, I'm thoroughly impressed at the quickness of a bike with such large wheels. Also feels like I have a bit suspension in the rear but I can still feel exactly where my rear wheel is. Bike is awesome.

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    Lately since ive been riding in shorts, ive noticed that occasionally the inside of my leg rubs on my rear tire. It only happens under heavy load when im railing the bike and the frame is really coming alive. Im sure its a combination of wheel flex and frame flex. Im running a flow rim and a King SS specific hub on a 2.25 Ardent. It isnt too big of a deal but it does burn a little when the tire buzzes the inside of my calf, and i do have some marks on my leg. When Kona releases the through axle ill probably give it a run to see if it remedies this. I could only imagine this issue would be magnified by a fatter tire.

    Eworth: I got to spend some time bsing with Chris Canfield a few weeks ago, you made a great decision to buy one of his bikes. Very cool dude. If I didnt love my Honzo so much and money wasnt an object id buy a N9 just to support his company. Oh and he was running a big o fat tire on the rear of his N9!

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    Simple and robust--makes for one beautiful bike!

    Some people just don't "get it," and make things too complicated, not the case here. Can't believe you haven't done this before.

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    The more I ride this bike, the more I love it.

    Headed out on a 4-day trip to the rockies in a week - I'll have some pics and video then.

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    How do you like SS on your Honzo? I've been considering ditching the deraileur on mine for a while but I dont know if I have the fitness level, haha.
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    Love it. Just make sure you gear properly for your area.

    Fitness comes quickly. It's a different fitness, more of a "rapid recovery". You'll find yourself having no choice but to blast past your friends up hills, stopping at the top (or at a few points on the way up), but recovering by the time your friends catch up. In the end, I'm no slower than my friends, with the exception of very long (10km+) and very steep (10-30%) climbs.

    It also forces you to commit to technical uphills, in a good way. No more wondering if you're in the correct gear (or blaming the incorrect one), no more worrying about gear malfunctions or skipping when pushing it hard. I find I'm no worse than my geared bike on steep technical stuff, so long as there's a bit of run-up for momentum. I was even finding myself making it up stuff I wasn't before, just from the increased motivation.

    It also works well with Honzo geo. Due to the rearward weight placement, I would imagine sitting and spinning in a granny gear might result in the front wheel wanting to come up. This isn't an issue with SS... anything steep, and you're standing and pushing hard.

    And, as a recent Bike magazine article mentioned, you always look good. When you make it up something crazy, people say "Wow, amazing!". When you don't, people say "Wow, great try!"

    EDIT: I just noticed your username... do you have a different singlespeed ride?
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    Quote Originally Posted by noot View Post
    Love it. Just make sure you gear properly for your area.

    Fitness comes quickly. It's a different fitness, more of a "rapid recovery". You'll find yourself having no choice but to blast past your friends up hills, stopping at the top (or at a few points on the way up), but recovering by the time your friends catch up. In the end, I'm no slower than my friends, with the exception of very long (10km+) and very steep (10-30%) climbs.

    It also forces you to commit to technical uphills, in a good way. No more wondering if you're in the correct gear (or blaming the incorrect one), no more worrying about gear malfunctions or skipping when pushing it hard. I find I'm no worse than my geared bike on steep technical stuff, so long as there's a bit of run-up for momentum. I was even finding myself making it up stuff I wasn't before, just from the increased motivation.

    It also works well with Honzo geo. Due to the rearward weight placement, I would imagine sitting and spinning in a granny gear might result in the front wheel wanting to come up. This isn't an issue with SS... anything steep, and you're standing and pushing hard.

    And, as a recent Bike magazine article mentioned, you always look good. When you make it up something crazy, people say "Wow, amazing!". When you don't, people say "Wow, great try!"

    EDIT: I just noticed your username... do you have a different singlespeed ride?
    When I made my account, my main ride was a singlespeed commuter, haha. All of my commuters since then have been SS, most recently an old road frame turned fixie/SS.

    What gearing are you running?
    *EDIT* Took another look at your gearing and figured it out
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    Looks nice. You're gonna lasso something with that front brake housing.

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    Just a quick update. Threw some Nobby Nics on, as my Ikon was almost see-through.

    Only 1 ride so far, but I'm liking these tires!

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