We recently reviewed the Kona Honzo in a steel frame, and needless to say enjoyed every inch of dirt that we ripped through. The idea of trail hardtails have become more of a norm for local trails. Lately we have seen an increase in the amount of companies offering long-travel hardtails for aggressive trail riding. When we got the email from Kona inviting us to try the newest Titanium version of the Honzo, we couldn’t say “yes” fast enough.
The Honzo was built to be a do it all trail bike in a hardtail package, essentially light and snappy on the climbs, and simple. Combine these features with a stout titanium frame and long, low, and slack geometry, the Honzo has the ability to be much more versatile that your average hardtail.
The Honzo Ti is only available as a frame, for 2016 Kona isn’t offering any complete build options. For the sake of testing Kona contacted our friends over at SRAM to put together a build kit for us, and needless to say we weren’t disappointed with what they came up with. Our test bike came with a SRAM X01 drivetrain, SRAM Guide RSC brakes, Roam 50 wheels wrapped in Maxxis Minion tread, and a custom 130-millimeter travel RockShox Pike. The cockpit ties everything up with bars and stem provided by RaceFace.
The Honzo Ti uses a full titanium frame with adjustable geared sliding thru-axle dropouts. Like the steel versions, the Ti can be run as a singlespeed as well as the geared option pictured. The seat-tube is a 31.6-millimeter with stealth dropperpost routing. Thanks to the yoke at the chainstay and bottom bracket bridge, the Honzi Ti has plenty clearance to run wider tires.
Testing is still underway, so we will save the final opinions for our complete review and write up. Keep an eye out for future issues of Mountain Bike Action for the final verdict on this very slick dirt sled.