Kona Process CR DL 29

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!

Ben Hazell | KONA COG

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.

Ben Hazell | KONA COG
Ben Hazell | KONA COG
Ben Hazell | KONA COG
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.

Ben Hazell | KONA COG
Ben Hazell | KONA COG
Ben Hazell | KONA COG
Ben Hazell | KONA COG
Ben Hazell | KONA COG

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.

Ben Hazell | KONA COG
Ben Hazell | KONA COG

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 . . . .

Ben Hazell | KONA COG
Ben Hazell | KONA COG
Ben Hazell | KONA COG

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.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

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.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

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.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

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.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

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.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

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.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG
Caleb Smith | KONA COG

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.

Caleb Smith | KONA COG

Kona Dream Builds: Chainline Bikes Build “Fez” The Ultimate Process CR DL

Chainline Bikes in El Cajon, California aren’t your average bike shop. Located amidst an industrial area filled with body shops and mechanics that are there to pimp your other ride (the one with an engine) Jason Guthrie and his crew has found a niche building one-off custom bikes for their customers. Some of these are simple, changing out a bike’s wheels from the stock ones to a set of Enve’s laced to Chris Kings. Some are a little more involved and require swapping out a few more parts, but then there are the truly one-off custom builds where Jason and his team provide custom paint and decal finishes to the frame. On top of that, every single part is swapped out, some receive custom paint and decals much like the frame, the attention to detail is meticulous, and the results are always mindblowing. The latest bike to receive that treatment? This absolutely over the top 1970’s Pony Express van inspired Kona Process 153 CR DL 29 affectionately named “Fez”.

Jason has gone to town with his tribute paint job, the front to back stripes, the colors, and the gold leaf inlay. That’s right- what looks like wood paneling in the photos below is actually 22-carat gold leaf. The red in the stripes is taken from the Marzocchi forks and then tied back in via the grips and the custom ENVE decals.

You read it right, that is a 22-carat gold head tube badge!

The Gold just looks right surrounded by the ENVE Carbon M7 bar and stem combo.

But it doesn’t stop there, The gold leaf is also laced throughout the top tube branding and…

…It goes all the way back to the seat tube. Damn!

While the Red in the Marzoccchi Bomber Z1’s forms the basis of the colors used in the bike’s new paint job, the gold comes in here in the form of a custom graphics package.

I’m not sure if reflective gold vinyl stickers are an everyday option for your ENVE M7’s

Even more gold leaf in the Kona down tube graphics.

Jason just can’t help himself. Even more custom decals, this time on the SRAM XO1 Cranks.

At this point it would be rude not to spec a XX1 Eagle gold cassette, right?

Nothing on the build goes untouched.

Well, maybe not nothing. The Ergon saddle is stock.

A One Up EDC tool rounds out the cockpit,

Frame Kona Process 29 153 CR/DL
Rear Shock Fox Float X2
Fork Marzocchi Bomber Z1 170mm
Crank Arms SRAM X01 DUB 170mm
Chain Ring SRAM Eagle 32t
Bottom Bracket SRAM DUB PF92
Pedals Kona Wah Wah II Alloy
Chain SRAM Eagle XX1
Cassette SRAM Eagle XX1 Gold
Rear Derailleur SRAM Eagle X01 Red
Shifters SRAM Eagle X01 Red
Brake Rotors Hope Floating Disc
Brakes Hope Callipers E4
Brake Levers Hope Tech 3’s
Headset Cane Creek 110 Series
Handlebar ENVE M7 40mm Rise
Stem ENVE M7 50mm
Grips Ergon GD1
Top Cap One Up EDC Orange
Seat Post Fox Transfer 150mm
Saddle Ergon SME3
Hubs DT Swiss 240 DT Swiss
Rims ENVE M730
Front Tire Ibex 2.4 FRC Onza BF
Rear Tire Ibex 2.4 FRC Onza BF


Fez would be proud!

Vital MTB Reviews the Process CR DL 29 “We cannot stress just how well this bike corners”

“We cannot stress just how well this bike corners, and we found ourselves seeking trails that had plenty of opportunities to lay the bike on edge, rather than just hauling straight down the fall line.”

I wont lie, we have been waiting with bated breath for VitalMTB’s review of the new carbon Process CR DL 29. So you can imagine how stoked we were today when Squamish based Vital MTB reviewer Joel Harwood finally published their Process review. The consensus? They love it!

“We admire Kona’s conviction to stay true to themselves. With all the pressure to constantly innovate, they have refined what they know well in order to make yet another great performer. The Process 153 CR/DL 29 is among the most entertaining bikes we have ridden to date and has a playful feel that few companies have achieved.”

Head to VitaltMTB.com now to read the in-depth review in full!