Kona Dream Builds: Tim’s Custom Throwback Process 153 CR

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Tim is a service tech at a bike shop in Colorado. He’s been riding/racing the Process lineup since it had 26″ wheels and this custom painted beauty is his fourth or fifth Process. He’s had it since late 2017.

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“I REALLY like these bikes! The original paint job had sustained some wear and tear so when I separated my AC last fall, I figured a new finish might keep me off the bike.”

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

Tim’s extraordaniry paint job is clearly a homage to another era, an era when bikes weighed more and beer and gas were cheaper. “There is a remnant out there of us washed up millennials still trying to keep freeride alive. But seriously, the Process is the do-it-all for me. When you can only afford one bike, this is the ride that can take you places. “

Caleb Smith | KONA COG
Caleb Smith | KONA COG

Which Kona Clump rider is this graphic based on?

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Why does Tim’s cable routing look so damn tidy? Well he runs his dropper post on the right hand side, allowing him to wrap the rear brake, shifter and dropper cables all together for one seriously tidy set-up. The front brake runs BMX style through the fork steerer completing the simple package.

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While this Kona Dream Build is most definitely about the paint, Tim has still made a few changes to the bike. The SRAM XO/Descendant Eagle drivetrain has remained the same as have the Guide RSC brakes.

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Tim has added MRP’s Ribbon Coil up front as well as swapping out the stock hubs for bullet proof Profile Racing ones.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

Out back he’s kept things ColoRADo and installed MRP’s Hazard coil rear shock.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG