Kona Dream Builds: The Top 5 Process Builds of 2018

Wow, can you believe we are already in February 2019, that’s just crazy right? To celebrate, we thought we’d jump on the list bandwagon and compile a few of our Top 5 Dream Build lists. Kicking things off, we are gonna take a look at what we think were the top Process 27.5 wheeled Dream Builds of 2018.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

Taking the number one spot has to be Rich’s Deep Purple custom painted Process 153 CR frame, this turned heads and was also featured on Pink Bikes Instagram feed. “I’d been waiting for an excuse to send something to my friend James Terrani of Archetype Paint Studio so a new bike seemed perfect (especially since two of my riding buddies ended up getting the same one). I was pretty set on purple from early on but it wasn’t till James showed me some samples of candy and transparent things he could do we were able to go a little further. The whole bike is one color, he created a subtle fade on the front triangle layering the transparent paint and then did a lot more layers to get the rear end as dark as I wanted it. (I was a big fan of the old Process paint jobs with a colored front and black rear triangle).”

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

Coming in a close second has to be Chainline Bikes owner Jason first Process. The boys at Chainline Bikes specialize in custom builds and “Katie” took that to the next level printing custom decals for the Lyriks and the ENVE hoops, the spc of the bike also left nothing to be desired.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

We have to give Hope credit with finding both this bike and its owner for us. It first popped up in Hope Tech’s Instagram feed, and it and its rider blew our mind. Kate Meyer absolutely shreds and her black Process CR is just dripping in Hope CNC’d sexyness.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

Japanese Kona rider Naoki Idegawa’s Process CR DL is the only Dream Build we’ve featured that is really two bikes in one. His 2019 Process CR pulls double duty as both an enduro race bike and a lightweight DH rig. The bike is well and truly dreamy in both configurations. His motivation for building the DH version? Well, some of the short courses on Japan’s DH circuit don’t really warrant a full DH bike so Naoki transforms his Process to DH mode for the occasional race.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

And probably the most stock bike in this top five list is Caleb’s 2018 Process 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.”

Caleb Smith | KONA COG