Kona Dream Builds: Purple Haze, Graeme’s Process 153 CR 29

Graeme‘s Process CR 29 is the first one we have seen customized since they hit stores a few months ago and damn it looks hawt! Most of the parts on this build have moved sideways from Graeme’s previous build, the purple anodized parts just work so damn well with the Seafoam cyan of the Process. Scroll down for more photos and the full story.

I actually built these wheels and spec’d these brakes for my last bike, a 2018 Process 153 29, but thought they’d look amazing on this Seafoam colored CR 29, and they do! So I swapped the brakes and wheels off my old bike onto this – I do like the serviceability and durability of Hope brakes and hubs. I build wheels with stainless steel spokes (silver colored) because that’s what bicycle wheels should be built with, and because they always look incredible when the sun catches them! I quite like the Velocity Blunt rims, they look really subtle, give a nice big volume and take knocks well.

I’m running stock suspension, with three tokens in the Lyric. So impressed with how supple it is at the top of the stroke and it’s such a beast in the big stuff. The bike handles so well, it really does truck over gnarly terrain and it’s so easy to handle when things get slow and techy – it’s an incredible bike.

All in, with my Shimano XT trail pedals and bottle cage, set up tubeless, the build comes to 15.25kg (33.6lbs, for you US types). It’s actually a touch heavier than the stock build, but I love the look and set-up, so I can live with a few hundred grams. I could get it crazy light with lots of carbon finishing kit, but I couldn’t justify it. Really looking forward to riding this and doing a few rounds of the Scottish Enduro Series next year.

Graeme Hart owns Hart’s Cyclery in Edinburgh, Scotland and they are our Kona dealer there. “We’re really proud of our association with Kona and love the bikes and the vybe!” They were nominated amongst the top 20 IBDs in the UK in 2018 by Bikebiz magazine. “We just keep doing our thing and doing our best to keep our customers happy and if they ride Konas that’s extra cool!”

Build as follows:
Frame: Kona DH Carbon with 6061 alu chainstays and Rockshox Super Deluxe RCT.
Fork: Rockshox Lyric RC Charger 2, 160mm.
Drivetrain: SRAM GX/NX Eagle mix.
Brakes: Hope Tech 3 V4, front; Tech 3 X2, rear. Shimano rotors 203/180.
Seatpost: Rockshox Reverb 1x lever, 170mm drop.
Wheels: Velocity Blunt P35s on Hope Pro4s with Sapim Race spokes, 32/3, hand-built.
Tyres: Maxxis Minion DHF Exo TR 3C, 2.5/2.3, set up tubeless, with Vittoria Air Liner in rear.
Bar/stem/grips: Kona.
Saddle: WTB KOM Trail TCS.