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    Kona Honzo Build Weights

    I'm very curious about the Kona Honzo's build weight. I've been eyeing a chinese carbon 29er, but I really haven't resolved the idea of buying something that provides no American jobs.

    I understand that a carbon bike will always be lighter than a steel bike, but can the Honzo be built to 25lbs with 140mm fork?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaintPeelinPbody View Post
    I'm very curious about the Kona Honzo's build weight. I've been eyeing a chinese carbon 29er, but I really haven't resolved the idea of buying something that provides no American jobs.

    I understand that a carbon bike will always be lighter than a steel bike, but can the Honzo be built to 25lbs with 140mm fork?
    Where do you think the Honzo is made?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaintPeelinPbody View Post
    I'm very curious about the Kona Honzo's build weight. I've been eyeing a chinese carbon 29er, but I really haven't resolved the idea of buying something that provides no American jobs.

    I understand that a carbon bike will always be lighter than a steel bike, but can the Honzo be built to 25lbs with 140mm fork?
    If you go absolutely bananas with the build....maybe? It wouldn't really make sense though. If you are putting a 140mm fork on a Honzo, it would seem you are gonna rally the piss out of the bike, and the crabon bits and lightweight stuff you hang on it aren't going to suffice unless you weigh 130lbs.

    The Honzo and those chinese crabon 29ers could not be more different in terms of design and thought. You could always update your dental policy and try a 140mm fork on the chinese bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaintPeelinPbody View Post
    ...can the Honzo be built to 25lbs with 140mm fork?

    Not 25 lbs. MAYBE with $$$ XC parts which would defeat the purpose. My 18" with a 4.2 lb Marz Micro Ti 140mm build weighs in at about 30~31 lbs. I could lose maybe 2 lbs with XC tires and wheelset...
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaintPeelinPbody View Post
    I understand that a carbon bike will always be lighter than a steel bike, but can the Honzo be built to 25lbs with 140mm fork?
    Frame weight doesn't add too much in the big picture. Sure a carbon frame might be 3.5lbs, the honzo is 5.5lbs, but there are plenty of 23lb carbon bikes, so do the math.

    Yes you could hit 25lbs, but that'd be with light carbon cranks, weenie tires & wheels (<1600g wheelset), light brakes (Formula R1, etc), and singlespeed.
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    25#? Not with me riding it, no way never.
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    That rag in your BB looks heavy :-D

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    I forgot about this thread.

    My build (see sig) is 26lbs 5oz with pedals, with lots of room for weight savings. I'd say 25 is possible yes.

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    For god's sake man pull out those braze on bolts and put in carbon frame plugs!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brianisbrain View Post
    For god's sake man pull out those braze on bolts and put in carbon frame plugs!!!
    I replaced mine with Ti bolts
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    Quote Originally Posted by noot View Post
    I replaced mine with Ti bolts
    Did the same...now it's under 29 lbs!

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    Mine is totally rideable with no super lightweight parts:

    M-Size 2013

    Following customizations:
    34x19 singlespeed (Velosolo / Chris King)
    2.35" Racing Ralphs, running tubeless with yellow stan tape
    DT240/DT comp race/Funworks Atmosphere XL -wheelset
    Xtr pedals
    SLR XC saddle
    Enve DH 800mm carbon bar

    Weight 11.75kg = 25.9lbs

    25lbs = 11.35kg
    So need to shave 410g

    With Crankbrothers lightest Ti pedals - (310g-174g)= 136g
    Carbon saddle ~-100g
    Carbon seatpost ~-100g
    Formula R1 brakes ~-150g
    Ashima or similar rotors ~-100g
    =~580g

    That makes sub 25lbs for sure. Of course adding gears is another story... But with light crankset and little bit lighter tyres it is possible. And still totally rideable bike.

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