Absolutely hilarious! Thanks for posting this.
Ha, I still have a golden roox torque bar with that sleeve (to shim it from 22.2 to 25.4) on my kona Explosif. Love that bar... Back in the day it was outrageously wide at 735mm...and it weighs almost a pound.
Thanks, yes I forgot to react on that, very good point and thanks for emphasizing it again. I definitely will check this out beforehand. I currently have a hope headset installed, I'll find out how much deeper the insertion will be with the works.
thanks for the reply, that is super encouraging. Great to hear that you have hands-on experience with that topic, and that you are very confident that this will work.
From the website, works components does offer a -2° headset for the Ti's straight 44mm steerer tube.
Oh man and I thought I was finally cured of upgraditis....
Andrew, thanks for the very inspiring article (as always). I can only chime in to what you and others above have posted - this really seems to be a great way (the best) to modernize the current fleet.
I'm considering a 2° headset for my Honzo Ti, to balance out the 150mm fork I'm running. I'm a bit worried about installing it multiple times until it sits properly...wrecking the headtube on that Ti frame is not something that I would take lightly.
Yes, that's a good advantage as well.
Here are some Pics of the frozen edition in the current setup with the BMX style handlebars.
I also bought a seatpost/saddle combo with a longer post (because she's already outgrown the stock one) , but that one is "uncomfortable because it does not have any rivets" lol
I just found this by chance, looks interesting and seems to be good value for money:
also available in blue and green colorways...
in the almost two years that we've used the Belter now, I've never had to adjust the tension of the belt, the dropouts are still where they were when I unboxed the bike. Hence the belt is still the original one as well.
A friend of mine had his in use for one year more, and he had to re-tighten the dropout bolts once because they came loose. I'm not aware that the belt on his bike had lengthened.
I'm very convinced by that belt system. As you mentioned above, it is super clean, and ideal for transporting the bike in the trunk. And the kiddies' hands remain cleaner as well.
We also had to make ours a bit more appealing - we created a "Frozen" edition :D
Good point with the plus tires offering similar suspension to cheap suspension products.
I agree that rigid is good and for most applications sufficient for kids, especially given the fact that a suspension fork is always much heavier than a rigid one. Considering that even the Belter, one of if the most lightweight 16" bikes out there, weighs probably at least 25% of the rider's weight, that really makes a difference.
Imagine you'd have to ride a bike that weighs 25% of your weight (without an engine)...
great that you're working on another interesting topic. My 5.5 year old is on an urban belter since 2 years now. Needless to say, we're very happy with it, all the quality bits they used make for a really top notch bike. The low weight, good brakes and the belt drive were the main reasons for my choice. As the little rascal has grown quickly, I've swapped the handlebar for ape hangers...
The only gripe I had echos yours: The urban edition was shipped with even worse pedals than the trail version, I immediately swapped them for composite ones with more grip.
For the next iteration, I've scored a used Kona Makena as an entry level mtb, which will be used at the grand parents' place, and we will probably opt for a Woom 4 for the city live (Woom are a local producer close to home).
Looking forward to reading your review - also of the other models!
Stoked to see your apprentice mechanic working her new ride!
Wow, that is a seriously impressive list! Cudos!
With regards to Explosifs, I have a 26" orange steel 2011 (which never appeared on Kona's website, but is identical to the black 2010 one) currently on duty as a single speed 4 season commuter running hope pro 2 hubs with wtb kom i23s and maxxis treadlites tubeless - this one also serves as trailer pulley and babyseatcarrier. I rode it as single speed and geared, rigid and sprung mountainbike as well in earlier years. Each setup was great. I totally get your view on rigid single speeding!
I picked up a mid-90s Explosif frame and p2 fork, which are not yet fully built up. The frame was cracked at the chainstay yoke, but a good friend of mine patch-welded it up nicely.
Finally I still own my first foray into kona cromoly - the blue 2003 scab. currently it serves as a truing stand, but i previously ran it with a 125-165 marzo 55 and managed to squeeze a 27.2 dropper post into the 27.0 seattube. That thing looked and rode like a tank.
Regarding the Ti Honzo: yes I was really lucky to get my hands on a used frame last year, for a killer deal. I had bought a new Smuggler frame only weeks before, but I could not pass that one up. Madness!
How's the Honzo with 29 x 2.6"? I recently bought a 29x2.6 minion/rekon combo, which came off of an oem setup, and will be mounted next season. Which fork are you running that can handle 29x3 up front?
I guess with the WC angleset, this combo really makes a huge difference!?
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, really appreciate that!
I have a 2013 steel set up single speed, a 2016 AL with some upgrades (lev integra, tubeless rims + tires, suntour auron fork at 130, but stock 10 speed deore), and a 2016 Ti with a fox 36, xt brakes and 10 speed sram shifting. that last one will soon get the single speed 27+ minion treatment for the winter months. i love all three of them - wont be able to part with a single one :)
great info, thanks a lot. i'll check out your instagrams!
which vintage is your other Honzo? and do I recall correctly that you also rode an Explosif Ti some years back? do you still have it?
looking forward to these reviews, i'll keep an eye on the site.
i always enjoy your posts on nsmb, keep up the good work!
Hi @andrew, thanks for the very interesting article. Would be great to see a full feature review of the Honzo with the angle set - or at least some nice pics of the entire build!? Thanks in advance, fellow Honzo-ist
So you set up the Ti Explosif as single speed? How are you liking it?
Good review and thanks for keeping an objective stance towards the 35mm and the carbon trends.
I also think you wanted to write that the light floods through the frame, not the fork, if you remove all plugs 🙂