Daily Archives: 04/12/2018

Kona Dream Builds: Peter’s Just a Little Bit of Bling Process 153 CR DL

Not all custom dream builds need to be dripping with bling. Sometimes that dream build might just be the right mix of parts that work, parts you’ve used on many bikes before on different builds or parts that you can just plain rely on. Roll all that together on one bike though and you most certainly have yourself a dream build. Peter’s Process 153 CR DL proof of just that, with a little bit of bling thrown in for good measure.


Key features of Peter’s build are the Rock Shox Pike RC, with Vorsprung Luftkappe installed, the Hope Pro 4 hubs laced to Stans Flow MK3 wheels (with color-matched decals) and 2.4 Maxxis Aggressor rear tire, 2.5 Maxxis Minion DHRII front tire.

Almost all my “big” mountain bikes have been Konas, starting with my 2007 Kona Stinky that is almost solely responsible for wanting to hurl myself down mountains on two wheels. A few years later, I bought a used 2005 (2006? I don’t actually know the year.) Kona Freight Train frame that took on a lot of the Stinky parts to form a bruiser of a bike. Then in 2016, I picked up a 2015 Carbon Supreme Operator frame in black to build my dream downhill bike. But those were all one trick ponies, and I wanted something I could pedal all day in the mountain forests of Pisgah National Forest and Western North Carolina, without giving up the ability thrash the bike like a DH sled. My trail bike prior to the Process was a Santa Cruz Bronson, a wonderfully made bike, that never really felt like “me.” It never inspired confidence to find the edge of control, or get weird with trail features. I built this Process to continue my love affair with Kona, and to create a bike that does nothing but generates good times. I tried to pick parts based on their ability to meet that goal, and not to meet a bling factor (maybe a little bling), or a scale reading. The Process just embodies my idea of what an enduro bike should be, fast as hell, smartly simple, and ready for anything.

The saddle is just my trusty WTB volt, the bars are uncut Deity Skyline 787’s in a 25mm rise, the stem is a  stubby 35mm Deity Copperhead, and the grips are Deity Knuckledusters. The DHRII up front is a 27.5×2.5, with the rear Aggressor coming in at 27.5×2.4. The Fox Transfer is a standard 150mm example, which suits my legs just fine. I should also note that the fork (sans Luftkappe, I installed that while waiting for my frame), seat, pedals, cranks, and brakes were all carried over from the Santa Cruz to help keep costs in check and because they’re solid parts.

The drivetrain is an eclectic mix. A 2 X SRAM crankset with One Up alloy pedals connects to a OneUp’d Shimano 11-42 cassette (now 11-47) with a classic Shimano XT derailleur and shifter. Braking is courtesy of Shimano SLX ice-tec brakes with 203mm rotors
A Wolftooth lever controls the Fox 150mm Transfer while the Deity grips are attached to a matching Deity bar and stem.

The bars are uncut Deity Skyline 787’s in a 25mm rise…

…The stem is a stubby 35mm Deity Copperhead.


Spencer Paxson’s PROgram

Adventure team rider Spencer Paxson is no stranger to punishing days in the saddle. Last year’s monster 32,000 feet of vertical in a single day proved exactly that. Paxson’s drive to elevate his base fitness so he can handle the big days comes with a ton of training. Recently Stages Cycling profiled one of his workouts to show just what goes into his training practices.