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Kona Rove Ttanium

Given that I will be spending many hours on the bike, it was important for me to have something comfortable and of course reliable. Finding something to my taste and exact specification in a shop was simply not possible, so the bike project started with a bare frame….

The Kona Titanium Rove is not cheap but is a well built and reasonably light frame from the USA. The frame is actually made by Lynskey. Having ridden a Merlin XLM for the last 15 years, I really appreciate the benefits of titanium.

After the frame came the wheels. I went for a SON Dynamo hub on the front and a DT Swiss on the rear, both with 32 spokes. The rims are the new SL25 from Placenti and are laced with Sapim CX Ray spokes. I had the wheels built by Just Riding Along Cycles in the UK. Jon builds the most awesome wheels and I have no doubt that these will be up to the job. In my opinion hand built wheels like these just cannot be beaten for strength or durability.

The remaining components were picked on the basis of their practical merits, durability and weight.  Worthwhile mentioning is:

* Microshift SL-10 Thumbshifters – These are super light, unbreakable and work perfectly with Shimano 10 speed. I am using a 9 speed mech however, as the 10 speed mechs have a different cable pull ratio.

* Avid Mechanical Brakes – I think discs are the way forward, but hydraulics out in the middle of nowhere is not ideal. The BB7 brakes are in this regard perfect.

* Bolt Replacement – All steel bolts have been replaced with titanium for weight saving and the T30 chainring bolts replaced with 5mm allen key versions to save carrying an extra Torx tool.

The full specification of the bike is below:

What Type Weight
Frame Kona Rove Ti 1789
Fork Kona Steel Project 2 1013
Headset Fork Part The Plug 18
Headset Sealed Cane Creek 82
Headset Top Cap The Plug 84
Bottom Bracket XTR 94
Chainset XTR 728
Cassette XT 11-32 292
Shifter L Suntour Thumbshifter 65
Shifter R Microshift 10 s Thumbshifter 58
Chain KMC 262
Rear Mech XT 232
Front Mech XTR 130
Front Wheel SON Dynamo / Pacenti 1104
Rear Wheel DT Swiss / Pacenti 904
Front Skewer USE Spin Stix 34
Rear Skewer Bolt through skewer 26
Tyre Front Schwalbe Marathon Extreme 600
Tyre Rear Schwalbe Almotion 706
Front Tube Schwalbe 150
Rear Tube Schwalbe 178
Rim Tape Included in wheel 0
Disc Front Avid HS1 100
Disc Rear Avid HS1 98
Rotor Bolts Titanium Rotor Bolts F + R 16
Seatpost Ritchey Carbon 180
Seatpost Collar Rack Mount collar 38
Saddle Specialized 242
Bars Ritchey aluminium 168
Bar Grips Ergonomic Grips 148
Bar Ends Short Bar Ends 108
Stem Ritchey WCS 110mm 106
Brake Front Avid 206
Brake Rear Avid 206
Brake Lever Front Avid 92
Brake Lever Rear Avid 92
Brake Hardwear Included in above 0
Pedals Shimano M970 332
Shift Cable Rear Cable 50
Shift Cable Front Cable 50
Brake Cable Rear Shimano 100
Brake Cable Front Shimano 60
Cage 1 Pet Bottle 1.5l 122
Cage 2 King 36
Cage Bolts Included in above 0
Headset Spacers   0
Front Rack Tubus Nova 490
Rear Rack TUBUS Gepäckträger AIRY 26″ – 28″ titan 350
Front Mudguards Standard cut down 48
Rear Mudguards Standard 120
Ortlieb Handlebar Mount Ortlieb Click Fix Mount 124
Front Light B&M IQ Cyo T Senso Plus 100


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