Daily Archives: 04/05/2018

Kona Dream Builds: Flying Under The Radar with Austin’s Process 134 SE

When we released the G2 Process last year, the classic and much-revered Process G1 didn’t disappear. A selected and carefully curated parts spec on both the G1 Process 153 SE and Process 134 SE frame meant that the G1 Process was now within reach of a broader range of mountain bikers. Process G1 fan Austin Hughey saw the 134 SE model as a blank canvas to start a custom build and has put together this pretty cool build, that at first glance flies under the radar. Closer inspection reveals the color matched Fox Factory shocks,  Shimano XT drivetrain and brakes and a few other gems. The only stock parts left on the bike are the bars, stem, saddle, and cranks.

“The motivation was to build a bike that’s confident on steep rowdy terrain as well as at home on the climbs. The 134 does just that. It’s beefy enough to race in Enduro races and efficient enough to pedal on all day rides. The bike weighs in at a mere 30 lbs! Saying the bike punches above its weight class doesn’t do its capability justice. I can’t give enough credit to the team at James Bros Bikes for assisting me in choosing parts for the build and stepping in where my mechanical skills were lacking. This is my second Kona build up, and I couldn’t be happier.” – Austin Hughey

Austin replaced the stock brakes and rear mech with Shimano XT. The Fox Transfer dropper post is controlled by a Wolf Tooth remote. Up front for suspension he’s opted for a Fox Factory 34 in 150mm.

Out the back, Austin has gone for a Fox Float DPX2.

The Trans X post has been replaced with Fox’s Transfer post.

 The whole setup rolls on a Race Face Turbine R Wheelset, up front its shod with a Maxxis DHF 2.5 and out back you’ll find High Roller II 2.4’s

The Thaw

There’s nothing quite like that first real ride of the season when the snow melt and the dirt is the perfect consistency. Kamloops spends its winter buried under a frozen blanket. Each spring the riders are itching to get back on the trails. Check out The Thaw featuring Graham Agassiz aboard his Operator riding with friends in BC. If only we all rode this well our first time back on a bike each spring…