Kona Dream Builds

Kona Dream Builds: Garry’s Show Stopping Process

Irish Rep Garry Davoren is no stranger to the Kona Dreambuilds, having already put together a few classics. That said, his all new Sram AXS Eagle equipped Process 29er could be his finest to date!

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It would be safe to say that no expense has been spared on this particular build. The top of the range Wireless Sram Groupset is paired with their Wireless Reverb Dropper post for that extra clean, cable free look.

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Ben Hazell | KONA COG

Garry has kept the stock suspension, although swapped out the Black Rockshox Lyrics for a set with the colour matched Red lowers.

Being a Hope fanatic, the Red wasn’t going to stop there! You’ll notice the Stem, Brake Levers, Rotors, Calipers, Chainring, Chain Guide and Seat Clamp all tie in nicely with this build. Even the Ergon Saddle, Crankbrothers Pedals & Tacx Bottle Cage get the Red treatment also.

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Garry has also spec’d some serious Wheels for this build. Reynolds Carbon Rims built onto Industry Nine Hubs make for a lightweight but incredibly strong pair to get him rolling.

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The all new Maxxis Assegai Tyres will no doubt be giving him all the grip he needs too!

Garry’s first ride on the Process was out in Serfaus, Austria for the 2020 Dealer Launch. Looks like the Bike wasn’t holding him back at all . . . .

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Kona Dream Builds: Scott’s Strava Warrior Honzo

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UK Sales Manager Scott Belshaw has been on a health kick recently. As a result, he’s been creeping up those Strava leaderboards when out for a ride. Aspiring to be King of the Climbs, he decided that his Process wasn’t quite the machine he needed and has built himself this pretty sweet looking Honzo CR/DL. His local Trails are far from smooth or easy going though so the Honzo still had to be capable of getting him through the rough stuff!

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Pretty noticeable straight away is those ice cool Silver Pikes from Rockshox. Scott went on to match these with the Hope Pro 4 Hubs & Hope Crankset/Chainring Combo. The Hubs are laced on to Hope’s brand new Fortus 30 Rims for maximum strength for the Decents that follow the climbs.

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Living in a particularly wet part of the Country, Scott’s aim here was to have super reliable components that’ll see him through the harsh British Winters.

The Stopping and Going are taken care of by Shimano. Scott has spec’d top of the range XTR Brakes and XTR/XT Gearing with a decent sized 11-46t Cassette.

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UK Trails get pretty muddy so Michelin’s Force Enduros were the Tyre of choice.

Further colour matching was achieved by using Deity’s new Ridgeline 35mm Handlebar, mated to the Kona 35mm Stem. Scott has also fitted the OneUp components Tool System so that he doesn’t need to carry a bag when out on the Honzo.

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Kona Dream Builds: A Raijin Ti that’s sure to catch your Eye

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.

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Ben Hazell | KONA COG Beautiful in it’s simplicity . . .
Ben Hazell | KONA COG The combination of Silver/Gold and Orange works so well
Ben Hazell | KONA COG The super Lightweight XC Focused Raijin Titanium
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Fox Factory 34’s provide some serious squish at the front end
Ben Hazell | KONA COG The golden Kashima coat ties in nicely with this colour theme
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Carbon Sram XO Crankset keeps the weight down
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Sliding Dropouts allow the Raijin to be set up Singlespeed without the need for a Chain Tensioner
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Orange Hope kit is plentiful on the Raijin, including V4 Brakeset & Pro4 Hubs
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Braided Hoses too for that extra stopping power
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Rotors that perfectly match up to the Hubs – perfection
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Maxxis Ikon Skinwalls not only look fantastic, but also keep the weight and rolling resistance to a minimum
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Kashima coated Fox Transfer Dropper Post looks well at home on this build
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Renthal Bar & Stem make up the cockpit
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Kona Dream Builds: Superb Steel – Jorge’s Sutra LTD

This post is a part of our Dream Build Series. Start your own dream build here!

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!

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Ben Hazell | KONA COG That sparkly paint job really pops in direct sunlight
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Appropriately suave luggage from Carradice
Ben Hazell | KONA COG For those super long rides, you need a reliable, bright Headlight . . .
Ben Hazell | KONA COG . . which you never have to worry about running out of juice
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Like many others, Jorge favours the Oval Chainring
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Big range of Gears for when the bike is fully loaded up
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Panaracer Gravelking SK Tubeless Tyres match up nicely
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Who doesn’t love a little bling factor?!?
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Hope for the best – Prepare for the worst
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Hope rear Hub adds a level of reassurance on those long excursions
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Brown Cambium Saddle matches well and gives some serious comfort
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Cinelli Tape for that personal touch

Kona Dream Builds: Weird Science – Daryl Ong’s Process CR DL 29

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Kona Dream Builds: Purp ‘n’ Turq – Nick’s Custom Process CR

A few weeks back we showed you Craig Folsom’s sweet Process CR DL 29 Dream Build, well, today you get Nick’s Process CR 29. Nick is the other half of the Lost Co Race Team with Craig and like his racing partner, he is sporting one very rad Process.

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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!”

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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.

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There’s some subtle purple hiding on the Cascade racing Designs hoops.

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Stopping comes courtesy of TRP’s powerful D-Spec DH brakes.

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Team Sponsor Cascade Racing Designs provide the bar, while Deity grips and a Deity Speedtrap saddle complete the cockpit.

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The Lost Co Ground Keeper fender.

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Purp ‘n’ Turq runs the bikes stock Rock Shox suspension and Maxxis tires.

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Stickers for Days

Ready to start your own Dream Build? Find the Process 153 CR 29 on the Kona Ride Online!

Kona Dream Builds: Jef’s Out of the Blue Process CR 275

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.

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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.

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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.

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Mmmm, gold.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Kona Dream Builds: Grassroots Cycles Custom Steel Honzo

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.

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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.

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Cable guides on point.

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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.

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We can’t not mention that cable routing, this bike was built with LOVE.

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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.

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Thanks to trickle down tech, this Honzo is running SRAM’s affordable wide range SRAM GX Eagle drive train.

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You don’t need to break the bank to put together your Dream Build.

Kona Dream Builds: Martin’s mean, Green Dirt Jump Machine

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!

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Ben Hazell | KONA COG Enough braided hose for at least a few bar spins . . .
Ben Hazell | KONA COG That red Half Link chain matches perfectly with the Hope brake caliper & rotor
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Awesome little trick to keep the fork lock out in the open position
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Mega stopping power from the Hope Tech 3 Lever
Ben Hazell | KONA COG What custom build doesn’t have custom made dust caps?!?
Ben Hazell | KONA COG The slammed saddle just clears these Schwalbe Skinwalls

Kona Dream Builds: Mark’s Appalachian 27.5 Kona Process

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.

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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.

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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 .

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Out back you’ll find more Cane Creek, this tie in the form of the Double Barrel Coil.

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Keeping things blue, stopping (or slowing down) is thanks Shimano XTR brakes, with 180mm rotors.

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A matching green Industry Nine A35 stem holds a Race Face Atlas 35mm bar while Senus Lite grips hold Marks hands in place.

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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 Online now and order yours today.

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Kona Dream Builds: Craig’s Mud Rugging Process CR DL 29

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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.”

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This season Craig will be racing for the newly formed The Lost Co racing team with support from Cascade Racing Designs (CRD) and the Kona Bike Shop.

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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. 

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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.

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Kona Dream Builds: A Process Orange, Robert’s CR DL 29

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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!”

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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!”

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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.

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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

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