Kona Dream Builds: Caleb’s Ice Cream Loving Process 153 CR DL

The Pacific Northwest mountain biking mecca of Squamish, BC played the backdrop while Kona marketing coordinator Caleb Smith built up his Process 153. Usually one to swap parts around quickly, this bike evolved more slowly as the stock build more than satisfied Caleb’s desires while living at the head of Howe Sound.

“I’m not the most rad rider around, but Squamish’s trails are pretty tech and demanding and I never felt under- or over-gunned on the Process. In fact, I’d go as far as say it’s the perfect Squamish bike.”

Upgrades began with supporting local Squamish business OneUp Components: the bike runs their EDC tool, chain guide and dropper post. Continuing the Squamish love, and Caleb’s love of sweets, Squamish boutique ice cream outfit Alice and Brohm gets pride of place on the bike’s head tube.

Experienced riders will tell you that you should put your money into your wheels, and that’s exactly where Caleb made his first big move. A long time WTB fan, the rims, tires, and saddle are all from the legendary Bay Area company. There are a few other subtle changes which you’ll find as you pore over Caleb’s photos below…

Colour matched Graphics are cool and all, but Caleb opted for stock Lyrik decals and a toolless front axle. The forks were running 3 tokens and 85psi.

The bike rocks its stock Desendedant carbon cranks but with SRAM’s all-important crank boots attached for added protection from Squamish granite. A One Up Components top guide keeps the chain where it’s supposed to be.

The XO Eagle out the back has had a few close shaves but still changes gears flawlessly.

One Ups EDC steer stashed tool hides a multi-tool, a tire plug, bacon strips and a spare set of magic links.

Although now rebadged as a Race Face Turbine R stem this 35m Easton Haven stem has been on Calebs last four bikes “It’s hands down the sexiest stem I’ve ever used and I’m kind of attached to it”

The original SRAM Guide RSC’s have moved sideways to another build, and SRAM’s powerful Code RSC’s have stepped up to the task of slowing the XL rider down. You never know when you are going to need a bit of duct tape.

One Up’s composite dropper post lever…

Connects to their stealthy 170mm dropper post.

You can never have too much carbon… WTB’s Volt saddle complete with carbon rails saves a few grams.

The rims are built around Hope Pro 4 hubs.

And laced to WTB’s Ci31 rims, these rims made the jump from Calebs last non-boost hubs. Out back he’s running WTB’s Vigilante 2.3 tough casing tire.

While WTB’s meaty Convict 2.5 tough casing tire keeps the traction solid up front.

Hailing from New Zealand (where they drive cars on the wrong side of the road) Caleb loves the fact that the Process bikes allow easy routing of brakes both moto and normal.

Erkki Punttila Reports from Germany

You may not have heard of Erkki Punttil AKA Erik Plankton, he is a Kona sponsored adventure biker based in Finland and his personal blog is what photography lovers dreams are made off. Large immersive photos capture the banal and beautiful things found roadside on his many travels. If you have a few spare minutes its well worth having a look. Click the image above or head here to be inspired. (more…)

Mbw-Kona Racing. Irish Cycling Show report (Ireland)

The Irish Cycling Show took place last weekend 18th-19th April and this year it returned to the RDS show centre in Dublin. Kona bikes as always were well represented with Dan flying in from North America and Jimbo arriving in from Europe. Mbw bike shop and Cycleways were the bike shops dealing with the customers over the two days and foot-fall in the stall was once again very impressive. Kona had a good mix of bikes. (more…)

Team Maunsell Race Report (Ireland)

Team Maunsell were in action last weekend at R1 of the Irish Gravity Enduro Series, held up on Ticknock mountain overlooking Dublin city. Leah gave this round a reluctant miss as she is busy studying for her school exams, the plan being to put in the work now so she will be able to take time away from the books to race in the Enduro World Series round 2, which is coming to Ireland at the end of May. Exciting times! (more…)

DEW FILES – Finland

After catching word that the next Dew Files would take place in Finland during the month of January, Dr Dew’s thoughts were, “Thank goodness it isn’t a Hawaiian shoot!” Welcome to winter biking’s most friendly city. With over 1,200 km of cycling routes, a little darkness and freezing temperatures doesn’t stop the thousands of Helsinki commuters who ride to work every day through rain, sleet, and snow. In this installment of the Dew Files, we take Kona’s intrepid bike designer into the heart of winter to find out just how hardy the Finns are. “The Finns show a great enthusiasm for life,” explains Dew. “Their warmth and hospitality made it feel like we were in Hawaii instead of being just outside the Arctic Circle.” Click here for more

Finland, is the land of winter biking and fun – Shop Tour

Dr. Dew and I spent a few days this winter visiting some of our dealers in Finland. We had always heard about how tough the Finnish winters are and those who ride in them. To our amazement, this legend is no myth and can now be confirmed as a true story. We saw commuters going to and from work everyday, busy bike stores selling winter gear with customers ready to pay, pub bikers rolling in city centers with lots to say, and big smiles from everyone we met along the way ! (more…)