Kona Process 153 CR DL

Kona Dream Builds: Rich’s Deep Purple Process 153 CR 27.5

Some of you may have seen Richard’s beautiful one-off custom painted Process 153 CR DL on Pink Bike’s Instagram feed recently. Well, we’d spied it a while back and asked Rich if he could shed any light on what drove him to build and custom paint his brand new G2 Process and send us a few more detailed images. Luckily for us (and you) he obliged and sent this set of fantastic photos and a complete build list as well as his reasoning and motivation for the build.

My previous bike was a 2015 process 153 with an Ohlins coil and I loved that thing so much. It, unfortunately, had plenty of dents and the like from its share of tomahawks and crashes and late last year I ended up breaking it. It wasn’t even a choice, I went and ordered the ’18 carbon frame immediately to replace it.

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).

I couldn’t be more stoked on how the paint came out. The only new bits on the bike are the Ohlins shock, because it’s a new size and mounting this year and then the gold i9s hubs to Spank Oozy 350 rims to finish it off. Mostly the other bits moved over from the old bike, even the head tube badge and I’m still rocking my OG Wah Wah pedals.

Rear Shock Ohlins TTX 22 coil
Fork Rock Shox Pike
Headset Cane Creek
Handlebar Giant contact SL
Stem Truvativ
Grips ODI
Brakes Shimano Zee
Shifters Shimano XT
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT
Cranks Shimano XT
Chainrings / Sprocket Shimano XT 32t
Bottom Bracket Shimano
Chain Shimano
Cassette / Rear Cog Shimano
Pedals Kona Wah Wah
Rims Spank Oozy 350
Hubs I9
Spokes DT Comp
Front Tire Vittoria Martello DH / Cushcore (THE BEST)
Rear Tire Vittoria Martello DH / Cushcore
Saddle WTB
Seatpost KS Lev Integra
Weight Not light

Kona Dream Builds: Pete’s Sweet Process 153 CR DL

We found Peter’s rad and very purposeful build on Instagram and reached out to him for a few more photos and to ask him why he built it the way he did. He obliged with an abbreviated version of his MTB life story and even identified the day he became a Kona fan. You can check it out below along with his build details and a few more photos.

I was raised on the North Shore and couldn’t help but be interested in mountain biking. However it wasn’t until 2008 when I bought my first mountain bike – a Rocky Mountain Slayer – and then taught myself how to ride. I was starting a new chapter in my life and found myself longing for adventure, to travel, and to try something new and mountain biking seemed to fit the bill. I bought my first downhill bike six months later as I wanted to take on the bike parks. By the spring of 2009 I had booked a trip to Switzerland with guide Joe Schwartz, riding with Joe was simply amazing and I had always wanted a Kona from then on. I’ve since traveled to bike parks and riding trails in Switzerland, Italy, Ecuador, Utah, California, Washington, Oregon and most recently Portugal.

By 2013 I outgrew the Slayer and progressed to a Giant Trance. Two years later I needed something bigger, a bike which would allow me to take on more difficult trails, so I bought my first Kona Process 153 in 2015. Over the next two years I leaned toward riding more classic all-mountain trails – and riding the bike parks less, it seemed more natural and fun for me to ride the Kona. When I heard that the new Process 153 G2 was going to come in a carbon version, I knew I had to upgrade once again. This time – it would be a custom build which would allow me the versatility I needed in order to take on the bike parks, to tackle the terrain of the classic North Shore, and to travel with me around the world. It’s absolutely the best bike I have ever ridden… Pure Joy. Later in the summer, this bike will sample trails in Montana and Wyoming before a couple of weeks in Oakridge and Bend Oregon.

Handlebar Chromag BZA 800mm Tight Orange
Stem Chromag BZA 35mm Clamp Black
Grips ODI Elite Flow
Brakes Shimano SAINT M820 w/ 203mm rotors
Fork Fox 36 Float 170mm FIT – Kashima 44mm Rake
Shock Fox Float DPX2 -Kashima / 3pos-adj
Crankset SRAM Descendant Carbon 175mm
Drivetrain SRAM X01 Eagle 12spd
Pedals Chromag SYNTH Black
Extras OneUP EDC Tool
Wheels Raceface NEXT-R 31mm Internal Width
Hubs Raceface VAULT J-Bend
Front Tire Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR 3c 2.5”
Rear Tire Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR 3c 2.3”
Seatpost Fox TRANSFER 150mm
Saddle WTB Volt Race

Dirt Rag Reviews the Process 153 CR DL 27.5 “Kona built the CR/DL with stiffness and durability in mind.”

“Kona built the CR/DL with stiffness and durability in mind. Suffice to say the frame is noticeably stiffer than any carbon frame I’ve ridden in this genre.”

Dirt Rag reviewed the Process 153 CR DL 27.5 in their recent issue. It was reviewer Zach White’s first time on a Kona since 2004 and also evidently his first time on a burly enduro bike with modern geometry.

Click here or on the image below to read the full review as a high res PDF.

 

[R]evolution Magazine Reviews the Process 153 CR DL “The main reason I dug the Process so much? Plain and simple fun!”

[R]evolution Magazine founder and all-round ripper Matt Holmes recently had a chance to test our new Process platform for the legendary Aussie magazine. It seems the new Process 153 CR DL may have just won him over.

“The Process is incredibly playful on the downs and deceptively fast. It’s DH and freeride roots are firmly embedded in its DNA, and as a result, it’s more than capable on big terrain, taking on big drops or gaps with no qualms.”

You can Check out Matt’s full review for Revolution on their website here.

Finding the Silver Lining

It’s a normal dreary winter day. The clouds hang low and thick as if they’ve just given up on their job to support the sky. Instead, they rained down pieces of themselves in a manner just heavy enough to completely saturate me. I find myself in this odd purgatory of riding space: my usual trails have fallen prey to some serious logging, leaving slash piles and hints of what used to be hiding under feet and feet of tree debris. It’s been frustrating, but I can’t complain as I still write on paper, always forget my reusable grocery store bags, and still…go to the bathroom. Regardless, it’s been a frustrating winter trying to negotiate new routes when I find so much comfort in the loops that I’d grown to love.

But while I’m struggling with the reality that my mid-day rides aren’t so simple anymore, I’ve found some solace in exploration. The closure of my routine route has forced me to reconsider the vast network of trails that Bellingham has to offer. It’s no secret: this place is an absolute mecca for mountain biking. Galbraith alone has around 60 miles of pristine singletrack. Even with the logging activity, there are still dozens of really fun trails waiting to be ridden. I’ve found myself taking rights when normally I’d take a left. I climb just a little bit further in hopes of having a bit more of a descent, and usually, I’ve been really happy with the end result.

A little hidden gem tucked away deep in the woods.

This particular day I found myself in one of Bellingham’s special semi-secret zones. There were no cars parked at the start of the climb, which I was happy about. It was one of those days where I just felt like riding alone. I cruised up the soft road that had been rendered completely mushy by the inches of rain that had fallen in the prior week. My Process 153 CR DL kept my legs spinning while it slowly became splattered with specs of brown gooey mud from the road. I’ve always thought aqua and brown were nice complements to each other, so I didn’t mind this newfound color scheme.

When I reached the top of the climb I looked beyond the current ridge and onto the now-scarred mountain that we all call our home. In my mind I said a little ode, telling it we’d all be back on her trails soon enough, but for now, this time of discovery was proving useful. After all, variety is the spice of life. With that thought, I took the left instead of the usual right. I found myself navigating punchy rock sections and hanging on for dear life while I somehow managed to keep it upright in steep sections that at this point were really just funnels of mud. When I reached the end of the trail I felt invigorated and happy to accomplish the ride on a trail where I don’t have much experience. Turns out that even logging can provide a silver lining, it’s just a matter of being willing to see it.

 

Kona in the Pinkbike Photo of the Year Contest

It’s time for Pinkbike’s annual photo of the year contest, where readers select their favorite photos from 2017. This year a photo of Kona’s communication’s manager made it through to the contest! Shot days before Christmas aboard a Kona Process 153 CR DL, Lacy Kemp and Bellingham photographer Erik Mickelson wrapped her bike in Christmas lights to play with some cool long exposure effects. Her photo is one of only two that feature female riders, so we’re pushing this one #ferdagirls!

Head on over to Pinkbike and give the photo a vote! Let’s see if we can make it through to finals!

VitalMTB Loves the Process 153 CR DL!

“The updated Process 153 CR/DL puts itself squarely among the best all-mountain and enduro bikes at a competitive price.”

– Joel Harwood, VitalMTB reviewer 

 

VitalMTB have had the Process 153 CR DL for a few months and have been putting it through some serious paces in the mountain biking motherland of Squamish, BC. In other words, they’ve been punishing it on some of the most challengingly awesome trails out there. We’re thrilled that they loved the bike, claiming it is a huge improvement over the original Process (which they also loved). They appreciated the durability of the bike, the thoughtful spec, and the updated geometry of the G2 over the original process.

Check out the very in-depth review here.

Kona Process 153 CR DL Named a Bike Mag Bible Top Pick!

Bike Magazine has released their 2018 Bible of Bike Tests, one of the most comprehensive mountain bike tests in the world, and has named the Kona Process 153 CR DL as a top choice. Gear Editor and tester Travis Engel makes it no secret that he’s a lover of 29ers in his normal routine, so his selection of the Process for his top pick makes it an awesome surprise.

Writer and tester Jonathan Weber had this to say about the tester’s overall impression of the Process CR DL: “Our testers were enamored with this bike. One’s first impression was of a very neutral, balanced-feeling all-mountain bike. Another remarked that it felt like a downhill bike, and really came alive when the trail turned steeply, chunkily downward. All three were impressed by its climbing characteristics. Another highlighted how fun the Process is, even on less-technical or slower sections of trail.

 

Check out the full review of the Process CR DL here!