Kona Process 153 CR DL

[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!