We don’t want to brag, but we are pretty excited about once again making it into the highly coveted DIRT 100 product list for 2016 with the 2016 Process 153 DL. The Process range first featured in the Dirt 100 back in the 2013 edition, the fact that it’s still in the mix today and raved about by journalists the world over is a pretty good indication that if you haven’t ridden one by now, you should!
The Process range of bikes are without doubt the most inspired bikes that Kona have ever produced. The flamboyant Stinky’s and Stab’s of the late nineties and early part of this century might well have grabbed the imagination and turned the eye with their graphics but the Process bikes are grounded in hard charging fashion and have stepped up to the mark big style no more so than the Kona Process 153DL.
You could argue that Kona had made their mark having shone so brightly in 2004 and 2005 when Fabien Barel won two World Downhill Championships for the brand from the top left hand side of America, yet the Process has definitely become the star of the fleet.
The Process bikes from the 111mm bike through to the 134mm and up to this the 153mm feature low standover, short chainstays and longish front centres with a short stem as an integral part of each bike out of the box. This all adds up to a lively ride, and a balanced ride, they are bikes built for charging and stand up to whatever is thrown at them.
More than this, the Process features one of the most durable swingarm’s in the business and superb damping characteristics in its all-aluminium chassis. This has been achieved through the efforts of designers who are riders through and through, searching for the ultimate riding experience. That might well sound cheesy and manufactured for marketing but Process bikes have a fully upbeat mindset and as an all-rounder will serve you well, certainly one that’s in it for the long term.
Testimony to this is frequently found when we take 150/160 bikes out for either uplift sessions or longer day rides. Nearly every time the Process is the bike that is fought over.