Daily Archives: 12/03/2018

Kona Dream Builds: Daniël Prijkel’s DIY Process 153 CR DL 29

I’ve been riding the Process 153 AL/DL 29 for most of 2018. It was my first 29er Enduro bike and it just fits my riding style. It’s a very solid frame, but the only downside is the weight of it, so when the carbon version came out I didn’t hesitate to order it. This bike has a really good stock build kit, but as the bike lover that I am, I always want to change some things.

I took some parts of my 2018 Process, some new parts and some parts are still stock. Obviously, I kept the fork and shock, because they’re one of the best around at the moment. The wheels, dropper post, EDC tool, handlebar, and stem came from my 2018 Process.

I’ve been on the Mavic XA Pro carbon wheels all season, they’re very light and more than strong enough. They survived the Trans Madeira, Mountain of Hell, Megavalanche and a dozen more races. I got the 170mm Reverb dropper post, because I got more than enough room for it and I like the long drop.

The headset, seat clamp, seat, derailleur, and chain guide are all new to match with the red details on the frame and I finished it off with titanium bolts.

As I’m a mechanical engineer and couldn’t find a Garmin mount that I liked, I decided to design my own Garmin mount. I got to the possibility to 3D print it at my job so that’s what I did. It came out great and works perfect, so I also decided to design a tire plug tool that fits in my crankset. I didn’t have to use it yet, but it fits firmly in the crankset.

The bike is now completely built as how I want it to be. It will be my bike for the 2019 season. It’s definitely built as an Enduro race bike and it will also be used for that, but also for some bike park riding once in a while.

Frame: Process 153 CR/DL 29
Fork: RockShox Lyrik RC2
Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe RCT
Headset: Hope
Crankset: Sram Descendant Carbon DUB
Stem: Renthal Apex 35 50mm
Handlebar: Renthal Fatbar Lite 35 750mm
Seatpost: Rockshox Reverb Stealth 170mm
Seatclamp: Tune Schraubwürger
Seat: San Marco Concor Carbon FX
Derailleur: Sram Eagle X01
Shifter: Sram Eagle X01
Cassette: Sram Eagle X01
Braks: Sram Code RSC
Wheels: Mavic XA Pro Carbon
Tires: Mavic Charge Pro XL
Pedals: Issi trail
Chainguide: OneUp Bash Guide
HandvattenL Ergon GE1
Garmin mount: Own design, 3D printed
Tire plug tool: Own design, 3D printed
Multi tool: EDC tool system
Bolts: TI spring Titanium bolts

Pinkbike Field Test: Kona Process 153 CR DL 29

The crew over at Pinkbike put the Process 153 CR DL 29 through the gauntlet with their new series of Field Tests. How did the bike do compared to every other ride? According to Mike Levy, “I was in the air and manualing on the Kona more than on any other bike.” That makes us happy. These bikes are made for serious fun and shenanigans. We’re glad the crew at Pinbike agrees. The video is great and we’re thrilled they loved the bike.

Be sure to read the full review here!

Kona Dream Builds: Spencer Paxson’s Single Speed CX World Champs Private Jake Gets a New Life

I think it’s fair to say that we mountain bikers here in Bellingham are spoiled. By the time August rolls around our trails are, by our standards, dried out, skitter, blown up and a chundered mess. Add to that the seasonal forest fire smoke plume that settles thick in these hills between August and September. It’s all relative (I’ve ridden in places that never ever get rain all year and places where the AQI is >200 as a standard day), but it was enough for me to build up a different kind of bike to get me through the late summer months this year. Enter the modified Private Jake. This is a reinvention of my 2016 Private Jake which I first rode back at the 2015 Singlespeed Cyclocross Worlds in Victoria, BC, a weekend I can barely remember. Three quick years later and the bike is still here, modified into a mix of fun, good for linking together logging road over-landers while the rest of the trails sizzle until Fall.

The Bike: Part cyclocross, part trail bike, part XC bike, part commuter, this bike is a little mix of everything. It’s taken me on everything from 70-mile mixed surface adventure rides and lots of vert through the North Cascades, opportunistic #dadlife power-hour rides on the bunny trails behind my house, and lately, really wet commutes back and for to my new business office in downtown Bellingham.

Drivetrain: First off, I needed a gear range that could get me over steep grades but still keep up with decent speeds on flatter grades. My solution was to install a Wolftooth TanPan adapter midline so that I could run a mountain bike rear derailleur and cassette. I originally installed the TanPan at my rear derailleur, but it made removal of the rear wheel a hassle, so I swapped the location to midline just under the handlebar. The rear derailleur is an XTR M9000 shifting across an XT 11-42. That said, I have also fit an XT 11-46, which came in handy on the even longer, steeper rides this fall. Up front is a 42-t Wickwerks chainring which fits well on the Ultregra R8000 crankset. The proprietary Shimano crank bolts aren’t precisely flush on the crank spider, but they’re tight to spec, which is what counts! For longer, faster rides I would opt for a 44t up front with an 11-46t cassette in back.

Wheels & Tires: Cushy WTB Horizon 650x47c tires have been reliable and smooth with plenty of Stans sealant inside. Now that it’s wet, a set of Byways would likely be the ideal choice, but for now, I’m sticking with the full slicks because that’s what I’ve got! The clearance on the chainstays is close but works. Tires roll on board a set of (arguably overkill but rad) XTR M9020 trail wheels. These are very strong wheels, but being non-boost and with a 24mm inner rim width, they’re essentially obsolete for anything other than “creative use”, so this was a good way to recycle and keep them going. Let’s just say the tires and body position are the limiting factors in terms of ground control. Once the rain set in, I found an old beat-up pair of SKS fenders which somehow survived the move from my Seattle days 10 years ago, and still hold the old Sellwood Cycles bottle flaps on the front and back. Team S&M heritage is what that is. And YES, I need an extra flap on the rear fender…the fender struts weren’t quite long enough for a full wrap.

Other Highlights: Things get weird out there, so to take the edge off, I’ve got a KS Zeta dropper post (35mm) set up thanks to some precision drill-work to accommodate the stealth routing, and some hardware store small parts (hose clamp) to connect a modified KS lever to the handlebar. And I’ll point this out on Kona’s behalf: if you drill holes in your frame, you void your warranty… Don’t do this at home, kids!

Blackburn frame bag and lights keep the picnic and visibility factor on point.

Madere en gravel (avec Kona) direction Porto Santo.

Veloroute has posted their second piece on riding the Libre in Madeira – specifically Porto Santo island.

“Pour notre deuxième jour en terre portugaise, nous avons mis le cap sur l’île Porto Santo. Porto Santo c’est le lieu de villégiature des habitants de l’Ile de Madère. Les lieux seraient calmes et les plages merveilleuses. A la manière de l’apôtre Thomas, nous sommes partis vérifier ces dires.”

You can check out the full story here.


Spencer Paxson Gets Hounded

Freehub Magazine‘s hound dog Lucy takes no prisoners when she hangs on the couch with athletes during their “Hounded” series. The latest episode features Kona Adventure Team Rider, Spencer Paxson. Spencer is known for his mega rides (remember that 32,000-foot day on Solstice 2017?) his penchant for capturing podiums at MFG Cyclocross races, and his Tally Tuesdays where he breaks down some facet of cycling with all the data points one could ever imagine.

Spencer is entering “Season 9” with Kona Bicycles as part of our factory endurance and adventure program, as well as an assist with the product development team, and we are looking forward to even more good stories unfolding along the way…and his hopefully improving his Neglin game, too!!