Daily Archives: 07/11/2018

Kona Dream Builds: Ryan’s Beauty of a Black Satori

At 6’3″ Ryan Gardner loves wagon wheels. A super fan of the old Process 111, a huge fan of the new Process 153 and like most of us he can’t go past a sweet Honzo. The California Enduro Series is Ryans local event, he’s had solid Podium overall finishes the last few years but while some of the rounds can get burly, some can be left wanting in the steepness and rowdy categories. Those trails call for something speedy for pedal heavy sections where a Process is not really required. The day we released the all new Satori, Ryan called us up, ordered one and then went about turning it into his second race bike, for the rest of us that means one serious Dream Build.

As well as riding for Kona, RYan also rides for Fox, E13 and WTB. The three brands a well represented in the build starting off with some sweet 140mm Fox Factory 34’s and a set of E13 TRSc wheels.

More carbon Ethirteen goodness out back. A Shimano XT rear mech matched up with an Ethirteen cassette looks after the shifting.

While Shimano XT brakes slow the stealthy black rig down. The Ethirteen TRS remote is connected to 170 mm TRS plus dropper post.

Even more Ethirteen carbon goodness in the shape of their TRSc cranks.

Fox’s Float DPX2 takes care damping the FUSE rear suspension.

Tire wise, up front Ryan is running a TCS Tough casing WTB Vigilante 29 x 2.3 and out the back you’ll find WTB’s fast rolling 2.25 TCS Tough Riddler.

Dirt Rag Reviews the Process 153 CR DL 27.5 “Kona built the CR/DL with stiffness and durability in mind.”

“Kona built the CR/DL with stiffness and durability in mind. Suffice to say the frame is noticeably stiffer than any carbon frame I’ve ridden in this genre.”

Dirt Rag reviewed the Process 153 CR DL 27.5 in their recent issue. It was reviewer Zach White’s first time on a Kona since 2004 and also evidently his first time on a burly enduro bike with modern geometry.

Click here or on the image below to read the full review as a high res PDF.


NSMB Reviews the Kona Wah Wah PP “They take an absolute sh*t-kicking, and only cost 60 USD.”

“These Kona Wah Wah 2 composite pedals have a massive but very thin 120mm x 118mm body, spin on large bearings that are easily serviced and replaced, are notably quiet on rocky trails, come in six colorways, take an absolute sh*t-kicking, and only cost 60 USD.” Andrew Major, NSMB.com

That’s the opening paragraph of Andrew Major’s extensive and objective review of our redesigned Kona Wah Wah PP composite pedal, and frankly, that makes us pretty proud. The original Wah Wah has some pretty damn big boots (more like big Five Ten’s) to fill and the aim was to make an updated pedal that could live up to that name and fit those same size thirteen Five Tens. This review, along with all the others solidify that fact.

Head over to NSMB and read the full review here. You can pick up the pedals at your local Kona dealer or buy them online from the comfort of your own home here (if you live in Canada) or here (for USA and the rest of the World)