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Kona Dream Builds: Ponderosa Cyclery Build Jen One Amazing Rove

The crew at Ponderosa Cyclery are no strangers to building amazing bikes for their customers and the upgrades they have made to this 2019 Rove are subtle but oh so rad! They have only changed out the bar tape, and tires, and added fenders and racks, but those small changes have turned our base model rove into one serious Dream Build!

“The bikes owner, Jen, wanted an upgrade from her flat bar hybrid – something that was good for commuting, gravel, and camping, but keeping on the light side of budget, though. This minty Rove was the perfect choice!”

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The Kona bar tape has been replaced with this sweet green Deda tape.

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And these epic green Sim Works Panaracer produced Homage tires just set the whole thing off!

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Full SKS Bluemels Mudguards protect the bike and the rider from those Nebraskan elements.

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And that sexy rear stainless steel Dajia rack from Velo Orange rack just completes the whole package.

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Kona Dream Builds: Paul’s Limited Sutra Ltd

There are so many niche’s in cycling now that it’s pretty hard to keep up, well it’s hard to keep up if you care. Paul doesn’t care, he just wanted to build the most bad ass, do everything (and we mean everything) fully rigid steel bike he could. He chose the super versatile Sutra Ltd as the base for the build and then just went to town.

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Paul started with the frame set and kicked things off with a set of custom wheels, Hope Pro 4 Hubs laced to Stan’s Crest Mk3 rims, all wrapped up in Maxxis Ikon 2.3’s

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Paul is not the tallest person out there so some 165mm Raceface Affect cranks where enlisted along with a Race Face 36t narrow wide chain ring. Kona’s composite Wah Wah light green pedals provide the power transfer while a Shimano 105/Ultegra drivetrain with a Wolftooth Roadlink DM and XT 11-42t cassette turn it all in to forward momentum.

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Flat mount Shimano 105 disc brakes keep speed in check.

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Fabric’s always popular Scoop saddle found a home on top of a poor neglected rigid Thomson seatpost.

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K-Edge’s Garmin Mount sits under one of our 30th anniversary top caps.

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And the build is rounded out with a Thomson 50mm stem, a Salsa Bend bar and silicon ESI grips.

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Burned Lines: Barry Wicks and Robin Sansom Explore the Aftermath of California’s Fires

Brian Vernor Barry Wicks. Redding, CA

Bike Magazine have just published Robin Sansom’s amazing story, Burned Lines. The trip took place last fall with Robin’s buddies Brian Vernor, Jeremy Dunn and Barry Wicks after last summer’s wildfires, the largest in California’s history. The story looks affected trails, the people who care about them and how they cope with recovery. Do yourself a favor and check out the full story here.

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We’ve Added New T-Shirts, Beanies and Tools to the Web Store

We’ve just added a ton of new stuff to the international Kona web store. There are three new t-shirt designs, three new beanie colors and a very limited edition set of Kona etched Fix-It-Sticks, and we’ve even added the very, very accurate presta version of Accu-Gauge’s 30psi tire gauge, for getting those tire pressures absolutely spot on. Click on any of the pictures below to be transported immediately to our web store.

For those in Canada you can find our Canadian web store here.
(We’ll be adding new t-shirts to the store over the next few days)

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Kona Dream Builds: Kevin’s Individually Quick Honzo ST

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Kevin’s Honzo ST has been a while coming, since he first tagged it with #KonaDreamBuilds emails have found their way to junk folders, file downloads have expired and it just slipped under the radar. Thankfully we finally have it here for you because this single speed race steel race machine is a thing of beauty!

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“I race XC for a Behind Bars Bike Shop in NE Minneapolis and a few years ago my race bike was down for repair, so at the last minute I called the shop owner Chuck personally and asked him to borrow a bike for a race, of course being my buddy he helped me out. Chuck told me to come to his house and pick one up. When I showed up he handed me a Honzo set up single speed, this was a big surprise for me as I did not race SS and I had never even rolled one on a trail. Needing the points, I took the bike to give it my best shot. I finished the race third overall (in my age group) and would have taken first in the SS class if I had registered SS. From then on I wanted one, and now years later I’ve built this bad boy. “

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A set of Race Face’s reliable and stiff 175mm Turbine cranks combined with a 32t Race Face narrow wide chainring keep the Honzo moving forward at pace while the hidden Hope BB ensures that its going to keep spinning in all types of muck..

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Out the back you’ll find an 18t chainring on a Hope Pro4 SS rear hub as well as a super tidy way to keep the locknut in place on the adjustable horizontal drop outs.

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Kevin has taken the gold from the frames decals and echoed it in the chain and the single speed spacers.

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Oh and the gold pops up again in the nipples for on these custom built 45mm wide Velocity Dually hoops.

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The 2.4 Continental X-Kings are even sporting that gold highlight!

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Stoping is looked after by Hope’s Tech3 E4 brakes….

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… with 180 rotors.

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RockShox’s Pike RCT3 Debonair keeps the front end tracking while a 150mm stealth Rock Shox Reverb gets that WTB Volt out of the way when things get rowdy.

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More gold and more Race Face this time in the cockpit where Kevin has enlisted some 800mm Turbine R bars, and the matching 35mm stem, complete with Ti Gold bolts. The black Hope headset is a nice touch, gold here might have pushed things over the top.

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And in case you didn’t get the memo… Gold… Well that rad Portland Design Works Sparrow cage is actually copper but those Ti cable guides sure look gold.

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Kona Dream Builds: Bicycle Crumbs Process 153 CR 27.5 Has Just the Right Amount of Bling

Bicycle Crumbs is hands-down one of our favorite illustrators. His unique style has graced skateboard graphics, posters, patches, magazine covers, riding kit and would you believe it, socks, but it’s at its most prevalent on his personal instagram page. Crumbs uses this channel as spot to write long form product reviews, each review partnered up with an epic graphic illustration worthy of hanging on your wall. He’s also known to rant a little too, mainly about a particular brands ergonomics.

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A few months back we sent him a Process 153 CR 27.5 for a long term review, he asked ever so politely if we cared if he swapped out some of the parts. As you can see, we didn’t. He went and turned this thing in to one seriously cool yet subtle Dream Build. He didn’t see any need to change the drive train or suspension but wanted to bling out the cockpit and wheels. I’m sure you’ll agree that the addition of the ENVE M630 rims and handlebar, Chris King hubs and headset and those awesome skinwall WTB’s have upped the bling factor somewhat.

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A Chris King headset in matte turquoise anchors the ENVE M7 bar and matching stem.

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While Fabric’s slip on Push grips keep Crumbs hands in place.

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And the big ticket upgrade has to be the matte turquoise Chris King hubs laced to ENVE M630 rims. You don’t get much more dreamy than that!

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The color matching is so on point is not even funny.

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Crumbs carefully curated Process CR 27.5 is proof that you don’t have to go crazy when building your Dream Kona, personalizing your bike can be as simple as building a lighter set of wheels or adding your favourite handlebar and saddle.

Singletrack Post Their First Impressions of the Remote 160 “Kona has taken the big hit DNA of the Process, shaken it up with a little Remote CTRL and the finished article is this, the 2020 Kona Remote 160.”

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Singletrack magazine in the UK were lucky enough to get their hands on our very first Remote 160 review bike and have just posted up their first look of the build, a first impressions ride review will be dropping later in the week.

You can check it out here.

Miranda Miller Introduces Kona’s 2020 Process 134 Lineup

Kona Gravity Team rider Miranda Miller introduces the all-new Process 134! Join Miranda on a Pacific Northwest Adventure aboard the first full-carbon Process bike.

The Process 134 represents years of engineering, testing, and industrial design to create the perfect balance of trail, all-mountain, and pure shred machine.

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Process 134 CR/DL 29
The Process 134 CR DL 29 represents four years of design iterations, mechanical engineering and real-world testing. Born from the beloved Process 111, it ticks all of the longer/lower/slacker boxes while still maintaining the classic Kona feel of really freaking fun. A carbon frame features a 140mm RockShox Pike Ultimate RC2 fork up front, a RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate rear shock and a SRAM X01 Eagle 12-speed drivetrain. With a build this sweet the 134 CR DL leaves nothing to be desired.

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Process 134 CR 29
The Process 134 CR 29 is the shorter travel carbon 29er that you’ve been waiting for. This truly do-everything bike features 140mm of travel up front and 134mm in the rear, supplied by a Fox Performance 34 and Performance Elite DPX2 rear shock. A RockShox Reverb with 1x lever and super deep insertion depth makes this pony ready to rip out of the box!

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Process 134 DL 29
All the bang for a little less buck the Process 134 DL 29 has the bells and whistles to make this bike sing. A RockShox Pike Select fork and highly tunable RockShox Deluxe Ultimate trunnion mounted shock keep the ride plush and playful, while a SRAM GX/NX Eagle drivetrain makes the climbs a breeze! Paired with our legendary Process geometry, the 134 DL 29 is perfect anytime anywhere!

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Process 134 29
The Process 134 29 is a super versatile bike for a great price. We’ve put the money where it matters with this build to ensure every ride is as good as it gets. A SRAM SX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain makes quick work of climbs, while Fox Performance suspension front and rear smooths out all the bumps. All-new WTB ST i30 TCS rims are strong and light, which helps keep the big wheels turning quickly.

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Process 134 DL 27.5
The Process 134 DL is the smaller-wheeled sibling to our Process 134 DL 29. Built around a Kona 6061 aluminum frame, it features the same high-end components, including RockShox’s all new Pike Select 140mm travel fork and Deluxe Ultimate rear shock. Our improved anti-squat and a SRAM GX/NX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain make climbing a breeze. The Process 134 DL is the perfect go-everywhere bike.

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Process 134 27.5
We’ve built the Process 134 27.5 to be the go-to ride for people who prefer the 27.5-wheel size. Its affordable build puts the money where it matters most—in the suspension, brakes, and drivetrain. A 140mm RockShox Recon RL Motion Control Solo Air fork and Super Deluxe rear shock complement the leverage curve designed for shorter travel. A SRAM SX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain provides ample gearing for big climbs. Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR tires are wrapped around WTB ST i30 rims, ensuring excellent traction on any trail.

Ti Tuesdays with Kona: Jame’s Ti Humuhumu is a Triple Threat

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I’ve been into mountain biking since I was a kid and to this day still have some sort of working relationship in the industry. From hanging out at local shops to working at local shops to managing a local shop, then repping top products and now owning a company that deals directly with most of the major and not so major brands. I’ve always loved the Canadian manufacturers and Kona was always the bad-ass brand and just seemed to fit me just right.

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Back in the day I splurged for a 26er Ibis Ti Mojo that I loved and rode in every condition. I fell in love with the durability of Ti but the suppleness of steel. A friend of mine still has that bike and rides it with his kids.

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With some old school Tomac influence I put a drop bar and some Retroshift / Gevenalle brake levers on a steel 650B 1×9 mountain bike and answered discovered that yes, it is possible to have two bikes in one.

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Keeping my eyes out for something unique in Ti bike and something I could utilize for all riding seasons I came across a Ti Humu Humu in the Kona booth at Sea Otter Classic and new I just had to have one. I had a steel Kona Unit at home with sliding dropouts built up as a sweet XC machine. I quickly got a hold of legendary Kona sales rep Dik Cox and found out if I could get one of these bad boys. Within a couple weeks I had the frame delivered to my local shop. It took some tinkering and swapping parts and pieces out, but it all came together.

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The bike pulls triple duty now, some days it’s a cool cruiser to kick around the city and commute to work on, in the spring its a gravel bike until the trail dry up then its a full on XC trail machine for the summer months.


It’s so cool to have such a fun riding iconic looking bike with up to date specs and a wheel size that does it all. All this wouldn’t have been possible without the simple and elegant design of the frame and its sliding drop out and single speed or geared hanger.


The Cruiser set up uses Kona Project 2 fork, Stans Arch MK3 rims set up with purple Hope Pro4 hubs mounted with Maxxis skin wall Ardent 29 x 2.4 tires and a single speed conversion kit. The cockpit has a Kona stem, Humuhumu cruiser bar and Key grips. The Race Face Next SL carbon crank is used for all options and they are paired with the sweet light weight Wah Wah II composite pedals. The build is wrapped up with a Easton EC90 Carbon post along with a traditional Brooks b17 saddle.

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The Gravel set up gets a unique set of very light Holzfelgen wheels, they are a wood rim inlaid with carbon and they are laced to DT Swiss 240’s with a 29 x 2.0 Tufo XC2 plus to make the ride smoother than melted butter on the roughest terrain. An Easton EC70 carbon handlebar and Retroshift CX brake levers and shifter allow me to run a single speed or 9-speed cassette. Recently I picked up a Dura ace 11 speed bar end shifter for more gearing in the future.

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The Mountain Bike set up gets a Fox 32 Anniversary edition with beautiful top cap. A Shimano XTR 1 x 11 drive train and brakes with the Crusier Stan’s and Hope wheel setup and a Ritchey carbon Bull Moose one piece bar for nostalgia with the EC 90 carbon post and Chromag saddle. 

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Kona Dream Builds: Spirt Animal – Vivien’s 2018 Unit X

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Vivien Faye had been on the the hunt for the perfect bike for a long time.
He’s pretty sure that with his Kona Unit he found it.
“I wanted a bike that matched my vision of this sport and one that was capable of enduring thousands of intense rides. I wanted the ultimate weapon.”

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After checking out many bikes, Vivien eventually chose the Unit X, his first mountain bike back in 2006 was a Kona and he’d owned a number since, so it all made sense. “The fully rigid steel Unit was comfortable, and oozed style! It wasn’t my first Kona, I had a Dawg Deluxe when I was a kid, it was my first real MTB that took me on many great adventures!”

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“The geometry and sliding dropouts on the Unit allowed me to switch the stock 27.5+ tyres to 29″. The frame and fork are 100% Kona but I decided to built it from scratch as I really wanted specific parts for the finished bike. the only real factor that dictated what I used in the build, was I needed the parts to be available and easy to find everywhere in Europe.”

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Vivien has just completed a massive months long trip from his home in France to Scotland and the Unit didn’t miss a beat. You can retrace his journey on his Instagram channel right HERE.

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Wheels: HOPE Pro4 XC 29
Fork: Kona Project 2
Crankset: Shimano SLX M7000 / Cassette Shimano XT 11-46
Brakes: Avid BB7
Saddle: Brooks B17 Imperial
Pedals: Shimano Saint
Grips: Reverse Components Seismic Ergo
Tyres: MAXXIS IKON 29

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Kona Dream Builds: His and Hers – Jon and Kate Strom’s Pair of Process 153s

Jon and Kate are Kentucky mountain bikers who love to ride rowdy southeast US trails, organize events for their local trail association and spend time in the woods with their rescue pup. Earlier this year, they fell in love with the playful nature of the 2019 Kona Process and began planning custom builds to ride both on their local trails and to travel with. With the help of their local Kona dealer, Broomwagon Coffee and Bikes in Lexington, KY their party builds came together featuring brands and components that are near and dear to their hearts and that complement their riding styles and aesthetic preferences.

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Kate’s Custom 2019 Kona Process CR DL – The Creative Process

I started out with the intent to build a shredder, but what I got was a lesson in building a rig that fit my riding style that turned into a love letter to some of my favorite places to ride.

Kate Strom
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Starting with the Process 153 CR/DL frame let me cherry-pick some components from the PNW and Southeast US, places that really progressed my riding over the past several years. The 170 Bachelor post from PNW Components is super consistent and stylish. Not to mention it gets the f*** out of the way when the fire road ends. A Fox 36 Factory runs point for the downhills, while the stock Super Deluxe RT3 mixes the genres in the back. Both of these are major upgrades from my previous ride and taught me a lot about compression settings and dialing in my preferences for the rowdy Southeast.

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Matching that crispy mint color was a real challenge until I found Florida-based Profile Racing’s Helm stem. The OneUp EDC tool nestles into it nicely and adds some nice contrast, not to mention some CYA.

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Skid triggers are courtesy of TRP Quadiems, 4-piston stopping power that will literally save you from the jaws of an apex predator—in my case, a disturbingly large alligator. Sticky Disisdaboss grips from Sensus finish out the rest of the cockpit.

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The build is made ridable courtesy of a WTB Koda saddle and Diety Black Kats.

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Fork Fox Factory 36 GRIP 2
Shock RS Super Deluxe RT3
Brakes TRP Quadiem
Drivetrain SRAM GX Eagle
Dropper Post PNW Bachelor
Wheels Bontrager Line Pro 30
Stem Profile Racing Helm with OneUp EDC Tool
Saddle WTB Koda
Grips Sensus Disisdaboss

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Jon’s Custom 2019 Kona Process 29 CR – Rudie Can’t Fail

I was pretty happy with the starting package of components on the Kona Process 29 CR so I elected to order a complete bike and swap some parts out. At 6’3” with long arms and a long torso, the XL frame and 29” wheels were a no-brainer.

Kate Strom

The first part I swapped out was the fork because I absolutely love my DVO Diamond. I’ve been incredibly impressed with how well it handles both big hits and small chatter underneath my Clydesdale frame, so it was a no-brainer to slap some custom Slik Graphics decals on the fork and bolt it on.

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I then swapped out the stock wheels for a custom set built by my buddy James at Broomwagon. I strapped strong, lightweight Roval Traverse Carbon rims to Industry Nine 101 hubs. The quick engagement on the hubs is clutch for ratcheting through some southeastern gnar. Plus, after some training, the distinctive buzz helps our trail dog Stevie follow us down the mountain and find us if we get separated.

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For the drivetrain, I kept the reliable GX Eagle system in place but swapped the Guide brakes out for a set of Codes. When it came down to pedals, I found I’m most comfortable on the tough and affordable composite Kona Wah Wahs.

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I chose an anodized purple Chromag FU40 riser bar to dial in the riding position and highlight the playful nature of this bike. I mounted it with a short Blackspire Components stem and slid on a set of USDA Prime Sensus Meaty Paws grips.

Kate Strom

As the color scheme came together, it reminded me of the cover of The Clash’s London Calling album, so I’ve taken to calling the bike Rudie. It continues to inspire more confidence than this particular rider warrants and pushes me to find the rowdy lines because, as Joe Strummer said, Rudie Can’t Fail.

Fork DVO Diamond
Shock RS Super Deluxe RT3
Brakes SRAM Code R
Drivetrain SRAM GX Eagle
Dropper Post Rockshox Reverb
Wheels Roval Traverse Rims with Industry Nine 101
Stem Blackspire Components with EDC Tool
Bar Chromag FU40 Riser
Saddle Specialized Power Arc
Grips Sensus Meaty Paws

Bicycling Magazine award Process 153 CR DL 29 with Editors Choice

Bicycling Magazine have just posted their Best Mountain Bike’s of 2019 list and our Process 153 CR DL 29 garnered the Editors Choice Award for “Best For Nailing the Jump Line”.

It’s tough not to have fun on a 160/153mm trail bike, but if your idea of fun involves jibbing, popping off, and generally challenging the trail’s obstacles with other unnecessary maneuvers, you’ll want this Kona Process. Its RockShox suspension feels buttery from the box, and at 31 pounds, the bike is pleasingly flickable around tight corners. The Process never feels too aggressive; more rip than race, its playful handling encourages you to try that jump line you’ve been too scared to attempt. (There’s plenty of travel for when you case a landing, as we did repeatedly during testing.) I’s also an impressive pedaling platform, and climbing technical cross-country trails is made easier by the suspension’s slow-speed sensitivity to rocks and roots. Our tester says he’s definitely ridden faster-feeling bikes on local trails, but none more versatile and consistently amusing.