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    Hope I got my Kona Wozo

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    Long time reader first time poster.
    I've seen a few threads about the Kona Wozo so I thought I'd post a few pictures of mine. I'm luckily enough to work in my LBS with the guy who originally came up with the concept and designed the Wozo. He's had the prototype for a year now and I've finally gotten my one. I've added a few upgrades as well.
    I'm not the most technically savy with geometry and what not but I know how to ride a bike and thats what matters I suppose. So I'll try and answer all question anybody has.
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    Looks awesome man! Congrats on the sweet bike.
    I may be ordering one tonight. I am between sizes though. I'm 5 10.5".
    Leaning towards medium.


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    I'm 6 foot and a medium is a little to small and a large is a just right. I've gotten used to riding larger bikes and i find them more comfortable to ride.

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    What's the bb width? Cool bike, I almost bought one myself

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    Looks great!!! (not my colour though)

    What size rims?
    and how wide (at the widest point) is the Minion FBR?
    I believe they are a 4.7 from memory, and lve been unsure whether or not to get them.

    Have you had it on the scales?
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    If someone had told me they were building up a purple and green bike I would have assumed they were colorblind or drunk... your bike looks freaking awesome, love it.

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    Looks great!

    Is that the 4.0 version of the minion fbr in the rear? How's the clearance at the chainstays?

    Also, is there any chance you could measure the width of the bottom bracket shell?

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    I'm not sure what the BB width is. It comes with a press fit Raceface BB. If I remember, I'll check when i get home form work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmg71 View Post
    Looks great!!! (not my colour though)

    What size rims?
    and how wide (at the widest point) is the Minion FBR?
    I believe they are a 4.7 from memory, and lve been unsure whether or not to get them.

    Have you had it on the scales?
    The rims are 80mm. The Sunringle Mulefoot rims are good. are on the 2016/17 Kona Wo as well. But the hubs are Joytech so thats next on the list of upgrades. Probably Hope.
    The Minions are 4.8 but I didnt measure them to see if they actually are. They are great tyres for hard packed trails and give good grip on grass and mud

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoCo View Post
    Looks great!

    Is that the 4.0 version of the minion fbr in the rear? How's the clearance at the chainstays?

    Also, is there any chance you could measure the width of the bottom bracket shell?
    I'll measure the BB when I get home from work if I remember. Its the 4.8 Minion and the clearance is fine but it rubs slightly if i pedal hard when the frame flexes slightly. The same goes for the chain when in 1st. But it only rubs when I pedal hard.

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    Ive read the Minions are good, we have a lot of wet here, currently running Ground Control 4.5s (maybe they are 4.6s?) on 90mm rims, they are good, but l want to try something a little more aggresive. Thats why l ask for the widest point, to see how my chainstay clearance will be.
    I have ChangYong 4.9s (same as FatBNimbles) and chainstay clearance is tight. Not good in mud, and totally sh!t in clay, see below

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmg71 View Post
    Ive read the Minions are good, we have a lot of wet here, currently running Ground Control 4.5s (maybe they are 4.6s?) on 90mm rims, they are good, but l want to try something a little more aggresive. Thats why l ask for the widest point, to see how my chainstay clearance will be.
    I have ChangYong 4.9s (same as FatBNimbles) and chainstay clearance is tight. Not good in mud, and totally sh!t in clay, see below

    WOW that picture made me laugh

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    When you knew how long it took me to get out, and how heavy my feet were, youd laugh more
    always mad and usually drunk......

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    BB is 100mm

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    I've got one on order. Hopefully it ships soon. Converting to singlespeed and adding a Wren. Very excited!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shinkers View Post
    I've got one on order. Hopefully it ships soon. Converting to singlespeed and adding a Wren. Very excited!
    You're lucky you ordered one. I believe they are sold out until next spring. Other than fat-bike.com getting the demo Wozo from the dealer/press launch, We got the first two production models. And the other one ended up with 29er wheels for a XC race. Discusting!!

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    Jeez you got me worried now. My dealer is still waiting to hear from the Kona rep to get a ship date. He was told by September 20th at the latest. Hope it wasn't bull.

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    They way kona work, in Europe anyway, is they only produce a certain number of models per quarter. they way they can gauge sales and not over produce. So all the dealers had to submit their orders before the shipping started and it was first come first serve. If he already has it ordered back in august then all you have to do is wait for it to clear customs in the depo in Holland before they get shipped world wide.
    We only managed to get ours two weeks ago because my boss works with Kona and designed the Wozo. He tested the original Wo as well.
    Interesting fact, Honzo means drunken monkey, so when they sent us the Wozo prototype they called it the Fat Monkey.

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    Awesome. This really is my ideal bike so I'm super stoked for it!

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    Here is his the prototype next to the production model. The only differences were adjustments to the BB and chain-stay to make it work better with a 1x chain setup.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BHgn3-TB...n-by=garrydavo

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    Quote Originally Posted by OfficiallyColin View Post
    You're lucky you ordered one. I believe they are sold out until next spring. Other than fat-bike.com getting the demo Wozo from the dealer/press launch, We got the first two production models. And the other one ended up with 29er wheels for a XC race. Discusting!!
    Not true man! the XL demo from dealer camp is on the showroom floor here in Grand Rapids MI

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    I want a Wozo frame. M or L!
    I like 'em long, low, slack and playful

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    Quote Originally Posted by OfficiallyColin View Post
    The Minions are 4.8 but I didnt measure them to see if they actually are.
    Interesting, I thought they claimed only 4" tires would fit the rear....

    Seeing those pics makes me think a 29+ very well may fit the rear also, even though they have stated it won't.

    BTW that's a sweet build!!
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    Weird question but did you get this as a frame only? If not, does the bluto come with the handy-dandy little split crown race?

    Thanks.

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    That is one sexy steed right there!!

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    What in the holy hell? I ordered my bike in mid July, why don't I have it?

    Aaaarrrhhhggggggg!! Anyways, I was told that a huge shipping company out of Asia (Singapore) that ships most bikes out of Taiwan went belly up and will delay all bikes built there for some time....let the rumor mill spin

    Nice build! 4.8's are tight; do they make those tires in 4.6?

    And, so...how's it ride?

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    Are you running a 12speed?

    Also, in the last pik (#14), it looks like there is a braze on/bolt on the side of the down tube near the head tube. What would that be for? It doesn't look like there is one on the other side?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chubby Chaser View Post
    Also, in the last pik (#14), it looks like there is a braze on/bolt on the side of the down tube near the head tube. What would that be for? It doesn't look like there is one on the other side?!
    It's for P-Clips to secure the cable for a stealth dropper. Since he's using a non-stealth dropper he can run the cable along the toptube.

    Newer Kona Honzos are the same.

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    Please chime in again once you get more trail time on it. I'm curious if this bike could seriously be a '1-bike' with B+ or 29er wheels in the summer and fat wheels in the winter

    Quote Originally Posted by Shinkers View Post
    Weird question but did you get this as a frame only? If not, does the bluto come with the handy-dandy little split crown race?

    Thanks.
    Don't understand your split crown race question and how it relates to frame only?
    I like 'em long, low, slack and playful

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    Quote Originally Posted by aelf View Post
    4-5 inch tires make a one bike year round quiver. Why give up capability by going with plus or 29?
    Quicker. Easier steering. Good choice of tire options for aggressive/rocky trail riding.

    Fat winter/skinny summer - rowdy all year long!
    I like 'em long, low, slack and playful

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    OfficiallyColin - Any access to a 29+ rear wheel to test for fit?
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    Just wondering if you had any ride time with the maxxis tires yet. Curious whether they touch the frame under hard cornering. Im thinking of getting this frame and selling the surly wednesday pretty much solely on running these tires. They dont fit the wednesday and rub all the time under what I wouldnt consider hard pedaling. Also rub when cornering.

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    Nice work on the color matching, looks like a sweet ride!
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    Since i took those pictures I've gotten a few more parts I was waiting on.
    Raceface Atlas pedals.
    changed the front ring from 30 up to 32
    E13 9-44 cassette.

    Swapped the Brake rotors from Aztec floating roters to Shimano XT Icetech Rotors.
    It made a massive difference. I could barely stop with the Aztec rotors. Last week I hit some of the DH trails and the difference between cheap and good rotors is night and day!

    Also worth noting, the Maxxix tyres are 4.8 but they are closer to a 5 in reality.
    The knobs are rubbing the inside of the chainstay under heavy peddaling so I'll be swapping to a 4" Maxxis Minion which are closer to 4.2

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    Quote Originally Posted by nitrousjunky View Post
    Interesting, I thought they claimed only 4" tires would fit the rear....

    Seeing those pics makes me think a 29+ very well may fit the rear also, even though they have stated it won't.

    BTW that's a sweet build!!
    Dont know about 29+ but another guy who got the XL uses 29 wheels for XC and he has no problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_X40 View Post
    Just wondering if you had any ride time with the maxxis tires yet. Curious whether they touch the frame under hard cornering. Im thinking of getting this frame and selling the surly wednesday pretty much solely on running these tires. They dont fit the wednesday and rub all the time under what I wouldnt consider hard pedaling. Also rub when cornering.
    They rub when peddling hard but not cornering so going to try the Minion 4.0 when it arrives in a few days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chubby Chaser View Post
    Are you running a 12speed?

    Also, in the last pik (#14), it looks like there is a braze on/bolt on the side of the down tube near the head tube. What would that be for? It doesn't look like there is one on the other side?!
    That bolt is for running a dropper post cable. My fox dropper has the cable on the other side so i didnt use it.

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    A more recent picture
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    Quote Originally Posted by OfficiallyColin View Post
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    What a beautiful bike. Wish it came in Carbon like the new Honzo CRs and it was 197 rear (only because I already have two 197 rear wheel sets).

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    Hey man, nice bike!

    Got a question about sizing. I'm usually a medium, but this bike looks to have very good reach numbers in the small. I'm 5'7" with a 29.5 inseam. Any recommendation on sizing?Also, how were the stock JJ's? I want to be able to ride the bike this winter, but a little nervous about the JJ capability, especially in 4.0. Thanks!

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    I'm 5'7 aswell, just based on geo there's no way I'd get the medium. The small has a 430 reach. I find that the 416 on my TI Honzo is pretty stretched with a 45mm stem.

    A common theme for the 2017 Konas are insane reach.

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    Excellent, thanks for the feedback.

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    One more thing, did you happen to measure the chainstay clearance? The surly wednesday is around 120mm at the widest point. This widest point is very small though since the stays are rounded. Im thinking of either running a dunderbeist tire in the back for snow riding or trimming the knobs off the minion a little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vegard View Post
    I'm 5'7 aswell, just based on geo there's no way I'd get the medium. The small has a 430 reach. I find that the 416 on my TI Honzo is pretty stretched with a 45mm stem.

    A common theme for the 2017 Konas are insane reach.
    Ended up trying a small. You were right, the reach is tremendous, even on the small. I might even go to a smaller stem. The seatpost could be an issue for some though, I have to run at the minimum insert point to get full leg extension. The bike feels really comfortable though, doesn't feel cramped at all. I was worried about brushing my toes on the front wheel, as some smalls have done that to me in the past. Not an issue with the reach on this bike though. Super playful, easy to wheelie, and feels confident in the air. Stoked!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_X40 View Post
    One more thing, did you happen to measure the chainstay clearance? The surly wednesday is around 120mm at the widest point. This widest point is very small though since the stays are rounded. Im thinking of either running a dunderbeist tire in the back for snow riding or trimming the knobs off the minion a little.
    Same kind of deal, the widest point is small since the stays round back in for heel clearance. I measure about 122-123mm at the widest point. Here is a pic of the stock 4.0 with the sliders slammed forward.


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    hmmm thanks for measuring. Im kind of reluctant to get a 190mm fatbike due to the q factor. guess will have to jam something in the wozo.

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    I hear ya on the Q factor, that weighed on my decision too. It was between this and the 197 rear 2017 RM Blizzard. I'm guesstimating somewhere in the 183mm range for the Wozo using a ruler. It feels very comfortable pedaling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erock503 View Post
    Ended up trying a small. You were right, the reach is tremendous, even on the small. I might even go to a smaller stem. The seatpost could be an issue for some though, I have to run at the minimum insert point to get full leg extension. The bike feels really comfortable though, doesn't feel cramped at all. I was worried about brushing my toes on the front wheel, as some smalls have done that to me in the past. Not an issue with the reach on this bike though. Super playful, easy to wheelie, and feels confident in the air. Stoked!
    How long is the seatpost that came with it? I kind of had the same problem on my ti honzo, none of my seatposts were the right length so I had to go buy a 410mm post to make the saddle the proper height.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vegard View Post
    How long is the seatpost that came with it? I kind of had the same problem on my ti honzo, none of my seatposts were the right length so I had to go buy a 410mm post to make the saddle the proper height.
    320mm, wtf? I didn't think they even made MTB seatposts below 330mm.

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    Ha. I've had to cut seat posts down so that they fit.

    #Short legs/long torso
    I like 'em long, low, slack and playful

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