If you are a fan of Titanium Hardtails, then brace yourself as this one is set to make you go weak at the knees!
This Raijin Ti 29er Singlespeed custom build was put together for one very lucky customer by the guys at the Kona Bike Shop in the U.K. Rich the mechanic there said that it was ‘built with love’ as he spent hours carefully slotting together the pieces of this pretty awesome puzzle. Only the finest parts were used and the result is most certainly an eye catcher.
Rich also mentioned that the customer wanted a lightweight, simple hardtail and that he was set on it on the Raijin as thanks to the sliding Dropouts, it allowed him to run it Singlespeed.
When you are used to being around the finer things in life, then only the best will do. That was very much the case for Jorge, Hotel Director of the luxurious Pig Hotel in the New Forest and his Sutra LTD.
Having been a long time Kona fan and also in the market for a seriously comfortable steel gravel bike with bike packing capabilities, it was always going to be a match made in Heaven. The all new sparkly paint job combined with the ultra-comfy riding position of this year’s Sutra LTD was enough to convince him that the Sutra LTD was the one.
Jorge quickly set about making the bike his own, adding his favorite Panaracer Gravelking tires, matching Brookes Cambium Saddle, Chris King headset, and an Absolute Black oval chainring. He then added a few upgrades to make his LTD a little more prepared for those bike packing trips. On top of installing a wider range of gearing for when the bike is fully loaded, he’s added a Carradice bag set (only the front was attached at the time we shot the photos) and an Exposure Revo Dynamo front Light & Hub, this thing will even charge his phone!
If you have a Kona Dream Build to share with us, adding the hashtag #KonaDreamBuilds is a sure fire way to get it under our noses. Daryl’s impeccable Process CR DL build showed up last week on three different Instagram accounts, which were all tied in some way to Singapore based Kona dealer Attitude Bikes. We reached out to store owner Walton Seah for a bit of info on this build and he more than obliged, snapping a very cool set of photos to boot.
This build started after a Process 153 CR DL frame showed up for one of our supported riders, Daryl Ong, who races local DH and shreds our regional bike parks. In conjunction with BikeTechnics, the local distributor for Kona Bikes, we decided to kick off a project for #KonaDreamBuilds through our #ABConceptualisedBuilds programme that started early this year focusing on the needs of customers, balancing the wants and making them look like one hell of a ride.
With Daryl’s weight slightly over 100kg (220lbs) both the shock and fork have been tuned and reworked out of the box with different oil weights (to give better mid-stroke support) and Wayne Suspension Service (WSS) Low Friction Seals. We even gave the Reverb the WSS Low Friction treatment.
The bike is tricked out with all our in-house brands like Magura, One Up Components, and Atomlab. Being a brand ambassador for Atomlab Components, Daryl gets a whole lot of Atomlab love. Stem, bars, pedals, 102 engagement hubs and carbon rims. The wheels are custom built from the ground up for Darryl, and each spoke is tensioned evenly at 140kgf (=/-3kgf) to support his aggressive riding and his weight and racing style. The bike is also sporting our very own limited edition Mica Red Magura MT7 calipers and levers.
We also opted for Sram XO1 11speed in red instead of the new 12speed Eagle as Daryl finds the extra range a little too much especially the possible chain slaps on those DH and park runs.
Last but not least, the bike is wrapped in full automotive grade Oracal stone guard clear film that has been custom cut by hand to protect the original paint. We had the brand logo decals printed and applied on the chainstay to show off whom he is representing.
Frame: Kona Process 153 CF Large Fork: Rockshox Lyrik – Reworked internals and WSS seals Shock: Super Deluxe – Reworked internals and WSS seals Dropper: Rockshox Reverb 150mm with 1x trigger – Full WSS Seals Headset: Reset Racing Seat Clamp: Reverse Components in anodized red Group set: SRAM XO1 11 speed, 170mm crank arm length, 32T chainring. Saddle: Fabric Scoop Slim in Red Stem: Atomlab SL 35mm clamp and length Bar: Atomlab CFR Carbon 35mm/ 780mm width 9/5 degrees Pedal: Atomlab TrailKing Wheelset: Atomlab CFR Carbon 29″ rims, Phil Wood 14G spokes, anodized red Atomlab Torque nipples, Custom gloss red Atomlab Decals, Atomlab 102 engagement boost hubs. Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5″WT front and Maxxis Aggressor 2.3″ rear. Brakes: Magura MT7 PRO, custom Attitude Bikes edition Mica Red calipers and red essence decals for the levers. Magura SL Rotor 203 front and 180mm rear. Others: OneUp Components Chainguide, EDC top cap and toolkit, 70cc Pump and Fabric Bottle.
Nick grew up racing motocross, enduro/hare-scrambles, and riding BMX. “I had tried mountain bikes a few times briefly, but never really got into it.” In 2016 he bought a used Kona Kahuna frame, built it up super cheap and fell in love with it. He then met some guys that loaned him a DH bike and he went to a NW Cup Downhill race where he took first in CAT 2, at his first ever Mtb race! At that point, he was hooked.
“Last year I bumped up to Pro and switched to Enduro, now going into this season riding for Kona it’s like it all came full circle. I’m so proud to represent the company!”
If you hadn’t noticed, Nicks bike is covered in custom decals from Stickers For Days. The original Dark Seafoam logos have all been replaced with Purple and the bike has affectionally been dubbed Purp ‘n’ Turq. The purple doesn’t stop at the decals though, the Deity Cavity Stem is channeling some 90’s radness as are the Industry Nine Torch hubs.
There’s some subtle purple hiding on the Cascade racing Designs hoops.
Stopping comes courtesy of TRP’s powerful D-Spec DH brakes.
Team Sponsor Cascade Racing Designs provide the bar, while Deity grips and a Deity Speedtrap saddle complete the cockpit.
The Lost Co Ground Keeper fender.
Purp ‘n’ Turq runs the bikes stock Rock Shox suspension and Maxxis tires.
Stickers for Days
Ready to start your own Dream Build? Find the Process 153 CR 29 on the Kona Ride Online!
Here at Kona Dream Builds, we love… Well, we love all Kona Dream Builds. Sometimes though, finding just the right amount of color coordination can be a balancing act, those blue or orange brake lines just might be a step too far. Well, that’s not the case here with Jef’s perfectly color matched Process CR 275 that the boys at Comox Bike Co have put together, amongst all the upgrades there is just the right amount of very subtle pops of the bikes original ice blue highlight.
Interestingly, the only other color option that Race Face’s SixC cranks come in is a blue, yet Jef smartly opted for the stock silver.
The stock SRAM NX Eagle drive train has been swapped out for an XX1 rear mech and XX1 gold chain. SRAM’s powerful and reliable Guide Ultimate brakes have been added for a little extra power.
The Process rolls on Santa Cruz Reserve 30s (with custom ice blue decals) built around DT Swiss 350 hubs. Both front and rear wheels are rocking Maxxis Minion DHFs.
Again, when faced with the option of adding color by way of the Race Face SixC bars, Jef has kept things subtle and gone for the silver again, choosing to add a subtle splash of color with the One Up toll EDC top cap.
If you haven’t got an EDC tool in your steerer you’re not doing it right. Jef clearly knows what’s up, the Chris King InSet2 headset is a testament to that also.
While the rear Rock Shox Super Deluxe shock has been left stock, Jef has added an RCT3 damper to the bikes Rock Shox Lyrik, and the final pop of ice blue comes via another must-have accessory, a Marsh Guard.
Like what you see? You can purchase your very own Process CR 275 from your local Kona Dealer or depending on where you love via Kona Ride Online.
The crew at Grass Roots Cycles in Grand Junction, CO have whipped up this subtle yet very rad custom steel Honzo for one of their customers. After spying it on their Instagram feed we just had to share the finished build with you. It’s got a little local flavor to it as well as a bit of bling and then some basic get it done functionality.
Being from Grand Junction it would have been rude not to build this bike up with a fork from local company MRP. The Ramp controlled MRP Ribbon fork ads some serious squish up front.
Cable guides on point.
And for the bling, a sultry Deity bar, stem and grip combo. Magura MT7’s keep speed in check, not that brakes are needed out at 18 Road.
We can’t not mention that cable routing, this bike was built with LOVE.
Hand-built DT Swiss EX511’s are shod with set of Maxxis Minion DHRII/DHF’s while up and downness is provided by X Fusion’s reliable Manic dropper post.
Thanks to trickle down tech, this Honzo is running SRAM’s affordable wide range SRAM GX Eagle drive train.
You don’t need to break the bank to put together your Dream Build.
This is one Shonky that is sure to make you quite literally Green with Envy. Martin is a Mechanic at long time Kona Dealer, Mitchell Cycles, and has always been a fan of the Brand. When he got in touch and said that he’d finished putting together what in his eyes was ‘the perfect Shonky’, we had to go check it out.
I mean look at this thing, it just oozes style from every angle! Martin’s build includes Rockshox Reba RL Forks, Hope X2 Rear Brake with the Tech 3 Lever, Gusset 3 Piece Cranks/Half Link Chain, Renthal Bars and those sweet looking Schwalbe Table Top Skinwall Tyres.
As if this Shonky wasn’t cool enough, Martin has also added some rad homemade dust caps and the infamous ‘Punisher’ head badge!
The coolest thing about east coast Kona dream builds is the fact that they are almost always dripping in local parts from companies like Industry Nine and Cane Creek. Mark’s Appalachian ripping 27.5 Kona Process CR DL is no exception. We don’t have a whole bunch of photos, but thanks to the crew at Back Alley Bikes in Carrborro, NC for supplying the built info, we can confirm, without a shadow of a doubt that Marks build is damn dreamy.
A full 11 speed XTR drivetrain propels the bike, Mark has opted for 170mm cranks up front to keep rock strikes to a minimum. A One Up 32t chainring keeps the chain in place and One Up’s alloy pedals keep Marks feet planted.
Keeping things local, the bike features Cane Creek’s popular Helm Air 170mm fork up front. The wheels are a full Industry Nine Enduro 305 Hydra setup shod with Maxxis DHf and DHRII tires .
Out back you’ll find more Cane Creek, this tie in the form of the Double Barrel Coil.
Keeping things blue, stopping (or slowing down) is thanks Shimano XTR brakes, with 180mm rotors.
A matching green Industry Nine A35 stem holds a Race Face Atlas 35mm bar while Senus Lite grips hold Marks hands in place.
A Bike Yoke Revive 185mm seatpost keeps things going up and down smoothly while Cane Creek’s legendary 110 headset keeps the east coast wetness at bay, the build is rounded out with Fabric’s Scoop Race Shallow saddle.
Looking to build your own Process Dream Build? Hit up Kona Ride Onlinenow and order yours today.
Craig’s first mountain bike experience came in 2004 when he was just 14 years old and on a family vacation at Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia. His mom suggested they go to the resort so he could try out downhill mountain biking. Craig took a one day lesson and rented an orange Kona Stinky. “I was hooked. Ever since that day, I have dedicated my life to the sport and now things have come full circle, from drooling over all the Stinky models as a child in 2004 to racing enduro on a Process in 2019.”
He recently spent some time building up his dream Process CR DL 29″ exactly the way he wanted. Some of the build highlights include a CRD Carbon Wheelset, these wheels combine Craig’s South East roots with his new PNW home. Red Industry 9 Torch j-bend hubs are laced to CRD carbon rims. These wheels are light and stiff and the red accents look great matching the red highlights on the frame. Then there is the CRD carbon handlebar which features a 35mm clamp with 25mm rise and 800mm width.
Craig has the bike set up for downhill performance and to that end has utilized a Cane Creek AngleSet to take the head tube angle from 66 to 64.5 degrees. “I grew up racing downhill and have always liked slacker bikes, so I really appreciate this change.” It seems like a minor detail but the Ground Keeper Fenders x Made Rad by Tony keep things local and the matching “Mud Rug” fender and top cap keep with the theme of the bike. Craig has owned the Bike Yoke Revive 185mm seat post for a year and he specifically kept it when parting ways with his old bike. “I love the easy to use on the fly bleed port and the extended drop length.” The SRAM and Rock Shox parts are just to good to swap out.
After dropping off a broken mountain bike into the Path Bike Shop in Tustin, California, Robert Gordon’s life changed forever. Actually, that’s a bit dramatic, but it did change things and most definitely for the better. You see while he was without a bike, the crew at The Path loaned him a brand new Process CR DL 29. “I instantly fell in love with the Kona. Up until this point, I wasn’t even considering getting a 29er. While I was without my personal MTB I also demoed two other long travel 29ers. The Kona just felt so good in every aspect!”
A couple of weeks later Robert pulled the trigger on a 2019 Kona Process 153 CR DL 29 frame that The Path had in stock. Over the next three weeks, Robert researched, planned, ordered, and began receiving the bikes build parts. “I did the complete build myself and I loved every minute of it! I couldn’t be happier with the finished product. It’s so much fun to ride!”
The finised bike gets ridden mostly on my local SoCal local trails, mostly at Marshall Canyon, Hulda Crooks, Santana River Trail, Lower Monroe Truck Trail, Bonneli Park and Skypark Bike Park.
Robert’s Process Build Kit: Shimano XTR 1×11 rear derailer and shifter Shimano XT m8020 4 piston brakes w/ 203mm rotors Shimano XT crank w/ 30 tooth chainring Race Face Turbine stem and 800mm bar Fox 36 Factory 160mm up front Fox float X2 153mm out back Spank Oozy 345 wheelset Maxxis DHR 2.3 rear Maxxis DHR 2.5 front PNW Rainier 170mm dropper Salsa Lip Lock seat clamp SDG Belair 2.0 saddle
We’ve already seen one extremely rad Shonky build come out of UK dealer Harts Cyclery. Well now it’s official. With Murray‘s bike, Harts is now two for two. These guys definitely hit it out of the park with this classy Shonky ST.
Murray’s weapon of a bike has some seriously cool touches that add up to one crazy light dirt jumper/park bike. The whole thing weighs in at just 25lbs 8oz (11.56kg) and that might due to these Race Face SixC carbon cranks.
The back end is slammed (would you have it any other way).
Hope’s burly Pro 4 trials hub handles the single gear.
More Hope matchiness up front with another Pro 4 hub. This one is bolted to a set of Rock Shox Pike DJ’s
Keeping it UK, Murray has kept the Hope theme going with the rims and opted for a set of Hope Tech DH hoops. These are shod with Maxxis DTH tires front and rear.
Stopping is a classy affair and another spot where saving weight has kicked in. There are no parts bin stoppers here. Murray has opted for a SRAM Guide Ultimate (the one with the carbon lever) rear brake with a 140mm rotor.
That’s enough brake line there for at least two bar spins or tailwhips. Looks like Murray is planning on getting zesty on this thing.
Oh look, more Race Face. The cockpit is running the Canadian brands legendary Atlas bar and stem combo.
Out back you will find even more weight savings courtesy of Race Face. The SDG I-beam saddle is attached to a cut down Race Face SixC carbon seat post.
You can’t tell us that you aren’t going to dream about this serious whip tonight. I can’t think of a single thing I’d do differently (well maybe some Maxxis DTH’s instead of the Ikons). I’m salivating just typing this up.
Kim submitted her cool looking 2016 Process 153 via the #KonaDreamBuilds hashtag on Instagram, the moment it appeared in the feed we knew it just had to be featured here on the cog. The green and blue themed build is not just about color, it’s about functionality and tuneability, and Kim has the DVO suspension dialed just right. But you have to admit the limited color does have a WOW factor.
I am a nuclear scientist by trade, but I would much rather be riding my bike anytime of the day. My husband built and maintains the website for The Broken Spokehere in Santa Fe (on the side of his normal 9-5 job), so we are often found hanging out there after work. We are both members of the rather informal Broken Spoke race team.
I wanted to try out enduro racing, but I also wanted a bike that was versatile, playful, and durable for hitting up the bike park. My previous “trail/enduro” bike was a Commencal Meta 5.5 that was one size too small (among other things). The 153 was a game-changer for me. As my skills progressed, I started changing out parts, and 2.5 years later, I now have a perfectly-dialed enduro machine.
The Magura brakes were one of my first upgrades – I love the modulation and the stopping power of the MT Trails. I then replaced the rear shock with a DVO Topaz for better fine-tune adjustments and better overall feel. As a lighter rider, changing the negative volume on the Topaz helped me to dial in the right balance.
I am a snob when it comes to engagement, so some Industry Nine hubs laced to Stans Flow rims were next. Thus far, the new MK3 Flow rims have been stout, without needing a true yet! Then I upgraded to the SRAM Eagle GX drivetrain to help with the steep terrain here in New Mexico. A little dash of green was added with the OneUp chainguide, a much needed device for riding the trails at Angel Fire and Glorieta.
Most recently, I replaced the fork with a DVO Diamond, not only because the green matched the bike decals so damn well, but also because I wanted a stiffer, more predictable fork. Again, as a lighter rider, the numerous adjustments allowed me to finally get the correct feel.
This bike crushes it. The geometry is ideal for the type of riding I do. I can’t see myself needing to upgrade for a long, long time…