Daily Archives: 07/18/2018

Kona Dream Builds: Jason’s Process on the side “Katie”

No stranger to assembling Gucci dream builds for his customers, Jason from Chainline Bikes in San Deigo put together this unbelievably rad and seriously custom Process 153 for himself. You won’t likely see another bike like this rolling the trails, the ENVE M70’s feature custom graphics and the Boxxer red Rock Shox Lyrik’s get the matching custom decal treatment as well. The XO rear mech and cassette are the only remnants from the original bike with nearly all other parts getting swapped out, from the Deity cockpit to the Hope Race Evo E4 brakes all the way to the carbon 175mm KS Lev CI dropper. Anyway, you’re not here to read this, you want to check the build list and ogle these photos, we wont stand in your way.

Dayum! That Enve M70 and Lyrik combo is just insane! The M70’s are laced to DT Swiss 240’s with Sapim bladed spokes. The fork is the brand new 2019 Rock Shox Lyrik RC2, and the bike rolls on Onza’s Ibex 2.4’s front and rear.

The cockpit is built around a carbon Deity Mohawk DC31 bar and 35mm Deity Copperhead stem. Ergon GD1 grips keep digits attached while Hope’s powerful Race Evo E4 keep excess speed in check.

And like pretty much every custom build we feature, Wolf Tooth’s dropper lever controls the KS Carbon posts actuation.

Oh yeah, that 175mm drop Carbon KS Lev Ci and Ergon SME3 Pro saddle.

Race Face’s Six C carbon cranks and a 34t direct mount chainring drive the Process. Deity’s Bladerunner pedals are there to win medals (on shop rides)

Frame Kona Process 153
Rear Shock Rock Shox Super Deluxe Air RCT
Fork Rock Shox Lyrik RC2
Headset FSA
Handlebar Deity Mohawk DC31 Carbon
Stem Deity Copperhead 35mm
Grips Ergon GD1
Brakes Hope Technology Race Evo E4
Shifters SRAM XO1 Eagle
Rear Derailleur SRAM XO1 Eagle
Cranks Race Face sixc
Chainrings / Sprocket Race Face Narrow Wide 34T
Bottom Bracket Race Face
Chain SRAM
Cassette / Rear Cog SRAM XO1 Eagle
Pedals Deity Bladerunner
Rims ENVE M70 Thirty HV
Hubs DT Swiss 240s Boost
Spokes Sapim Bladed
Front Tire Onza Ibex 2.4
Rear Tire Onza Ibex 2.4
Saddle Ergon SME3 Pro
Seatpost KS lev 175 Carbon
Weight 30 lb 0 oz (13608 g)

Kerry Werner finishes his first BC Bike Race on the Podium

The boys headed to the mainland to start stage six. Kerry’s second place was now third place in the overall (he suffered a 45second time penalty for cutting a small section of course on stage 4) but Cory was still holding down 4th place, solidly.

The North Shore holds some historic MTB trails, which were influential in starting a new school movement that was focused on technical, purpose-built, riding. A few of those trails were included in the stage six itinerary. The riders navigated 19km, which pitched straight up then straight down. 19km doesn’t seem like a lot but when you get into the nitty-gritty of the stage the riders were tasked with going aerobic then white knuckled down Dales Trail, an iconic trail that put the north shore on the map for fun, but technical, riding.

Kerry’s plan was to come into the stage firing and try to put a bit of time into his French opponent. He was hoping the last two days took a toll on Francois and he would suffer on the climb to the top. However, Francois showed that he had cut his teeth racing World Cup XC in his earlier years and proved some of that fitness was still there.

Over the top of old Buck, Kerry was just 15 seconds behind but not having ever seen the Pingu or Dales descent before was a major disadvantage. He was lucky enough to follow Squamish local Quinn Moberg down these trails but come the finish line Kerry had lost another two minutes to Francois and set himself up for a big final day in Squamish.

Cory rode solidly and maintained his fourth place in the overall. After his big crash on stage four, Cory was nursing some back issues and it was taking its toll towards the end of a heavy week.

The boys nursed their wounds and recovered at Dik Cox’s house, a North Vancouver resident and in-house sales manager at Kona HQ. They were treated to two nights in a row of BBQ and corn hole, which no doubt aided in the recovery process and keep the spirits high!

A quick commute from the North Shore to Squamish for the final day’s start and the riders kicked off at 9am. The 52km loop was no walk in the park for the final day of this 7-day slugfest. Up 50 shades to Leave of Absence, over to Half Nelson, Pseudo Suga, Powerhouse Plunge, Hoods in the Woods, and finishing on Crumpet (or Crampet) Hill. It hurts just thinking about it.

Kerry was all in for the final day, with a big lead over fourth place he had nothing to lose and stuck it to the rest of the riders early and set a quick pace on 50 Shades where the first selection was likely to happen.

It definitely blew apart there but unfortunately, Francois was in the mix and thus he had to keep chipping away. Unfortunately, that early effort plagued Kerry with some heavy legs when Francois got a gap into Half Nelson, and kept the pressure on for the climb up to Pseudo Suga. Kerry fell out of the front group about halfway through the stage and rode it in from there, trying to do damage control and have fun all the same.

Cory knew, coming into the final stage, that he had fourth place on lockdown, so after the blistering pace was set early he settled in with friend, and top 10 competitor Karl Platt to ride in for sixth place on the stage.

After 7 days, 16(ish) hours of racing, and too many Tim Horton recovery donuts to count, the boys had finished third and fourth in the 12th edition of the BC Bike Race.

Kerry was more than happy with finishing 3rd “Of course I am stoked with 3rd, the podium is an honor in a race like this especially with such a strong field this year. Yes, it is a little bittersweet because I missed out on the second step but it only fuels the fire and hopefully I can make it back next year and climb a step or two.”

All Photos: Margus Riga

Say Hello to the 2019 Sutra and Sutra LTD!

What happens when you put a mountain bike, road bike, and touring bike in a blender and hit go? The Sutra. The legendary drop bar bike returns for 2019. Call it the drop bar bike for mountain bikers, or the Beast up to all burdens, but the Sutra is definitely one thing: badass. 700c wheels make it fast rolling. Beefier tires make rough terrain disappear, and there’s just something really special about the feel of a steel frame in motion. The Sutra and Sutra LTD offer style, an incredible ride, and amazing handling in one gorgeous package.

Sutra

The Sutra is many things. It’s gorgeous. It’s stylish. It’s incredibly versatile, and it comes ready for the long haul. Our Kona Cromoly steel frame is outfitted by a Brooks saddle, cork bar tape, BarCon end shifters, a Shimano Deore 3×9 drivetrain to give you maximum gearing, and smooth-rolling 700c WTB wheels. It’s quite the looker right out of the box, and it’s ready for your biggest adventure. What more could you want?

 

 

Sutra LTD

Once upon a time a bunch of mountain bikers dreamed up something wild: a drop bar bike that felt like a mountain bike and rode like a mountain bike. It was made of steel for that added bump absorption, had powerful SRAM Rival 1 hydraulic disc brakes and 1x drivetrain. It had a wider bar with a 16-degree flare that made for more aggressive descending. The Sutra LTD came to reality in all of its dreamy glory and is an absolute riot on-road or off.