• 06-09-2013
    Sheepo5669
    Anyone running a honzo with a 140mm fork?
    I picked up a used honzo frame and marz 44 micro ti 140mm fork off the classifieds. Should be here Tuesday and slapped together by the end of the week.

    The fork isn't coming with the travel reduction spacer and I am starting to think 140mm may be a touch too much out front.

    Who has ridden the honzo with a 140mm?
    How does it ride? Way too slack at 67? Bars too high?
    Or is it positive?

    I'm very interested to know.
    If its negative, I'll probably get a spacer on order and do some reading about how to install it...
  • 06-09-2013
    b-kul
    pm eurospek.
  • 06-10-2013
    playdead
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    yup, I've been running a 140mm fork for over a year now. The bike loves descending steep tech. I highly recommend it if you ride in areas with steep, techy trails.

    My frame is on the smaller size for me so the extra travel to raise my bars is perfect. Honestly, while you're riding your fork isn't going to be at full travel unless you lock it out IMO. So going with 140mm gives you the ability to run your fork at even lower pressure to make riding more smooth.
  • 06-10-2013
    Sheepo5669
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by playdead View Post
    yup, I've been running a 140mm fork for over a year now. The bike loves descending steep tech. I highly recommend it if you ride in areas with steep, techy trails.

    My frame is on the smaller size for me so the extra travel to raise my bars is perfect. Honestly, while you're riding your fork isn't going to be at full travel unless you lock it out IMO. So going with 140mm gives you the ability to run your fork at even lower pressure to make riding more smooth.

    There is an idea... My Marz 44 has "volume adj?" So I could run the fork a little low, with it set up very progressive in its travel...

    Would this be ridiculous? Or do a lot of riders do this?
  • 11-08-2013
    alshead
    ^^Bump^^ I'm interested to hear other feedback on this- looking to build up a Honzo with a Fox 34 140. 5'9", so I'm thinking medium...
  • 11-08-2013
    Sheepo5669
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by alshead View Post
    ^^Bump^^ I'm interested to hear other feedback on this- looking to build up a Honzo with a Fox 34 140. 5'9", so I'm thinking medium...

    My Marz 44 140 is awesome on this bike.
    I believe it has a lower a-c than other brands, so it keeps that BB low.(why I love this bike)

    The short stays, low BB, and slack head angle come together to make this bike majic.
  • 11-08-2013
    FM
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by alshead View Post
    ^^Bump^^ I'm interested to hear other feedback on this- looking to build up a Honzo with a Fox 34 140. 5'9", so I'm thinking medium...

    At your height you could also do a small (I did, same height).
    I can't really say which rides better as I;ve not ridden a medium honzo. But do compare the small stack/reach numbers to a medium canfield yelli Screamy or some other comparable "medium" frames.
  • 11-08-2013
    jeffw-13
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by playdead View Post
    yup, I've been running a 140mm fork for over a year now. The bike loves descending steep tech. I highly recommend it if you ride in areas with steep, techy trails.

    My frame is on the smaller size for me so the extra travel to raise my bars is perfect. Honestly, while you're riding your fork isn't going to be at full travel unless you lock it out IMO. So going with 140mm gives you the ability to run your fork at even lower pressure to make riding more smooth.

    Similar experience with my Yelli Screamy. You should be happy with the 140mm fork. If not you can buy a spacer for around $12 bucks
  • 11-08-2013
    Thor29
    I have a Honzo with a 140mm Reba on it. It seriously rocks. The front end is not too high even with riser bars on it, it's not "too slack" - it feels just about perfect for what it is intended to do. I was actually amazed at how well it climbs, although I am running mine single speed so I'm not sure if seated climbing would be negatively affected by the longer fork. There's a super long thread about building up a Honzo over in the Kona forum, take a look. Lots of info about fork choice and sizing.
  • 11-11-2013
    alshead
    Anyone running a honzo with a 140mm fork?
    Thanks all- test rode a medium and small today an the medium is out of the question. Even with the stock 120 fork on there, the stand over was slammed in my junk- the 140 will add another 20ish mm. I begin my search for a small frame...
  • 04-05-2014
    jallll
    hi, i will run a small honzo with marzocchi 140 fork in a two weeks... i hope it fits ok...
  • 11-26-2017
    NeBolisher
    Hello all!

    I want to get myself a honzo st and like you are talking about here I would like some more travel so going for 140... my question is about size. I am 191cm, a height which if you look at the sizing would make me a xl,,, but I am thinking about large instead for a more playful bike. What do you guys think? A good idea to go down in size or should I order xl like the sizing sheet says?
  • 11-26-2017
    beer_coffee_water
    Well, this is an old thread. Go take a look at the Honzo Build thread in the Kona Forum. I wouldn't recommend sizing down. I did and bought another proper sized Honzo. This style of bike is meant to have a long front center.
  • 12-03-2017
    tantrum007
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    5'11 1/2 and medium (with big riser bars) feels perfect. Large works too but I personally feel it's less playful as I felt the reach is too much. That being said Ive never tried any stem under 50mm which I feel is the sweet spot. 140mm fork on the honzo is a MUST imo.

  • 12-03-2017
    tantrum007
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by alshead View Post
    ^^Bump^^ I'm interested to hear other feedback on this- looking to build up a Honzo with a Fox 34 140. 5'9", so I'm thinking medium...

    At 5'9 I'd look at small. Medium would work too but make sure your stem is less than 50mm imo.
  • 12-03-2017
    alshead
    Lol
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tantrum007 View Post
    At 5'9 I'd look at small. Medium would work too but make sure your stem is less than 50mm imo.

    Thanks- that was 4 years ago? I did build up the small, put a 140 fork on it, but never really liked the way the bike handled. Had it for about 2 months and moved on. Bought a REEB and never looked back.