Kona Process

My Kona – Scott Mackay

Scott Mackay is most definitely a product of his environment. Growing up at the base of Mt. Seymour on Vancouver’s famed North Shore, riding and skiing has been a part of his daily routine for as long as he can remember. For Kona dealers and colleagues that have the privilege to ride with Scott on his home trails – or any trails for that matter – they are served a master class of bike handling and style with a side of humility. Scott lets his riding do the talking and we think you’ll agree…

Kona Dream Builds: Matty’s Slow Burning Custom Process 153 AL DL

Part-time trail builder and part-time ice cream slinger (and Squamish BC local) Matt Harris had a long time to ponder his 153 Process AL 29 build. He sold his old 27.5 model before we announced the G2 Process, and he spent the last few months waiting for the frame only version to arrive in Canada. Relegated (that’s not a bad thing) to his steel Honzo, Matt was constantly plotting just how rad he could make this bike. The result, as we are sure you’ll agree, was well worth the wait.


The drivetrain is truly custom. Race Face Next SL carbon cranks transfer power to a One Up Switch chainring. Out back, an XTR rear derailleur mates to a One Up’d 45t rear XTR cassette. 

A Rock Shox Lyrik, with its flawless Charger damper, keep things plush up front, while weight is saved with One Up’s toolless front axle. Saint brakes provide ample stopping power while Industry Nine hubs laced to carbon rims keep things rolling fast and smooth.

Bike Yoke’s Revive 185mm dropper post’s are starting to pop up more and more these days. Matt’s inclusion is one of the first we’ve seen on a Process and hot damn it looks nice. The only thing carried over from Matt’s previous build is that well broken in Chromag Trail master saddle.

A little custom detail from one of Matt’s day jobs reminding him that those trails don’t build themselves.

Remmeber those Saint calipers? Well, they are hooked up to these XTR levers for straight-up sex appeal. The levers and Easton Grips are all mounted on a classic Chromag 35mm BZA bar via a sweet Chris King stem and Race Face Atlas 35mm stem.

A sweet gold colored One Up EDC top cap provides a home for Matts EDC tool and rounds of this perfectly executed Kona Dream build.

Kona Dream Builds: Josh Cooper Keeps it Local with his Process 153 CR

Josh Cooper is the lead mechanic at Epic Cycles, a bike shop outside of Asheville NC and rides mostly in the backcountry of Pisgah National Forest, famous for its technical terrain and rugged character that can be demanding on equipment. He built up his bike to be light and comfortable enough for all-day rides yet burly and strong enough for the terrain he has in the area.

“Asheville is home to some incredible component manufacturers like Cane Creek and Industry Nine so I tried to highlight those local parts in my build. This bike is the most fun ride I’ve ever had and when I ride it I feel like I can ride anything. It has really opened up my potential as a rider and I can’t wait to see where it takes me.”

Here’s some specs and key details:

Frame: 2018 Process 153 Carbon Large
Fork: Cane Creek Helm Air 160 w/custom gold stickers from Cane Creek- Perfect match
Wheels: Industry Nine Enduro 305 – made right across the street from my house
Drivetrain: Shimano XT 11 speed – tried and true.
Cassette: E*13 Trsr 9-46 – Light weight and massive 512% range
Chain: KMC X11 TiNitride Gold
Cranks: Raceface Next R with Wolftooth 32t Oval ring. Wheels Mfg BB.
Brakes: Shimano XT 180/180
Handlebar: RF SixC 35
Grips: Ergon GE1
Seatpost: KS Lev Intergra 175mm w/ Cane Creek Dropt Lever. Could not resist Salsa Gold Clamp.
Headset: Cane Creek 110 Gold
Pedals: Shimano XTR
Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF 2.6F/2.3R
Shock: Stock RS Deluxe – I’d like to try the Cane Creek Coil[il] when it is available in metric sizing
Weight: 31 lbs

31.01 lbs… With 2.6 rubber and pedals!

[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.

Taking Advantage of the Golden Orb

It’s January. Typically, in the Pacific Northwest that means we’re drinking way too much coffee to stay warm, we’ve wrapped ourselves in Gortex and wool to stay dry, and we spend just as much time cleaning the mud off of our bikes as we do riding them. This is a familiar song and dance to me. Wake up, stare outside at the pitch black pelting rain and make an impulse decision on whether or not to trudge my way through another wet, soggy, coldAF ride. I’m about 50/50 on this one. Some mornings I do it because it’s the only time I’ll have to ride on that particular day. Other mornings, I convince myself that the extra 90 minutes of sleep is great for my sanity and crawl back into my bed cave.

However, each January there also seems to be this little nugget of magic that pierces through the seemingly impermeable thick gray blanket of wetness and bestows upon us a few gloriously sunny days. To the locals, these days are known as “Holy-shit-it’s-summer-in-January!” days. They are treasured the way a mother treasures her child’s first pair of shoes. They’ll be talked about throughout the rest of the dreary wet season (aka, until the sun shines again on July 5th). We’ll even reminisce about them next January when we get another round of gloriously brilliant golden light and crisp bluebird days.

 

This past dose of sunshine was felt all along the west coast as my Instagram feed slowly dissolved from muddy shins to gorgeous rays of light bursting through the trees on Mount Seymour on the North Shore, endless island views from the mountain tops of Bellingham, to golden-hour panoramas from the hilltops of Seattle and beyond. One thing is for sure, when the weather gives you roughly eight months of dark, cold and wet conditions, we definitely learn to take advantage of the sunny days whenever we have them.

Here’s to more random gorgeous days in the winter! Until then, I’m going to go wash the mud off of my bike from last night’s rain ride.

 

*Header image by Scott Mackay

Mountain Bike Action Reviews the Process CR DL 27.5 “The Process tracked the trail like a cheetah chasing a gazelle”

“On wide-open, high-speed trails, the Process tracked the trail like a cheetah chasing a gazelle. The only difference was it could also hunt down any bonus lines it could find along the way. It’s a quick but confidence-inspiring bike.”

Mountain Bike Action reviewed the Process CR DL 27.5 in their February issue and we have the full review right here on the Cog.

Click here or on the image below to read the full review as a high res PDF or head to the Mountain Bike Action website to read it online here.

Processing the French Alps – Jordan Regnier and Alexander Kangas ride Tignes/Val D’ Isere

Ah, the French Alps. The land of good cheese and great wine. It also happens to be home to two high alpine bike parks that are the perfect proving ground for the all-new Kona Process. This past September, Kona Super Grassroots riders Jordan Regnier and Alexander Kangas ventured to Tignes and Val D’ Isere bike parks where lift tickets are free (no joke) and caught the perfect weather and autumn light making for gorgeous, and rather treacherous big mountain descents. Regnier’s weapon of choice is the Process 165, the perfect bike park, all around ass-kicking machine, while Kangas opted for the Process 153 AL/DL 29er, proving that big wheels love big descents.

Kona videographer Joonas Vinnari and photographer Caleb Smith were on hand to catch all of the action.

Jordan Reginer

Alexander Kangas

The Process line features seven new models that progress our goal to build a bike that not only descends confidently but also climbs exceptionally well. Be sure to check out the full Innovation story for complete details. The Process is available in carbon and aluminum and both 27.5 and 29″ wheels, ensuring a bike for every rider and a bike for every budget.

Process 153 AL/DL 29

Process 165 

Lost Trails Found, Trans Cascadia 2017

An adventure in the woods. Rustic trail. Real fast. Part race, part revelry, part trail stewardship, the Trans Cascadia is all about uncovering ancient trails, creating a valuable resource for those who like to share good times amongst friends going self-powered through the woods on two wheels.  Our own Adventure Team rider Spencer Paxson takes us inside a distinctive journey to the Old Cascades of central Oregon as part of the third annual Trans Cascadia, where he partook in four days of riding racing uncovered trail.

Daniel Sharp

A long time ago, before any so-called mountain bikers roamed, a wide web of trail was built in these here hills…the Old Cascade Crest…in a land called now Oregon.

Trails once upon a time meant to move through the forests in order to skirt the flanks of fearsome mountains, to be with the land and to trade things like huckleberries. Later on, to move wagons and pack animals, or to spy forest fires. Eventually, trails just to have trails, to experience nature, and move through the forests. 

Leslie Kehmeier

Eventually the trails were lost, or forgotten. Signs marking the way had become one with the trees, and the path through the forest was no longer.

Mike Thomas

Until, one day, a party gathered in the woods to uncover these old trails and clear their way through the forest again.

Dylan VanWeelden

“Mountain bikers”, they were called. These new trail stewards, those who value a certain way of going through the forest. Many came to rebuild, and then the rest came to ride the handiwork.

Mike Thomas

The goods are best when shared, yet kept secret enough. Undisclosed until the night before, queue cards are handed out in camp and studied under headlamp.

Mike Thomas
Nate Johnson

Like the operators of the old Santiam Wagon Road, the hosts treated their people very well and looked to every detail to make their stay comfortable. Much food is prepped for 100 people spending five nights in the forest. Special ingredients are added to stave off the inevitable loamatosis, which afflicts those who consume lush trail with such gluttony.

Nate Johnson

…and after dinner ceremony, neon dance revelry…

Mike Thomas

…and after neon dance revelry, neon sleep in the woods ritual…

Lyden Trevor

…and come morning, the wheeled stables bring the steeds and their riders out the paved road and on to the primitive trailhead.

Chris Hornbeck

The ride begins along an old way through the forest. The trail is barely perceptible through the thick green moss. Walking.

Mike Thomas

A delicate balance across the creek to the next path. No pole vaulting required, just bike balancing.

Mike Thomas

Eventually out of the thick forest and up into the mid-alpine meadows, kept open long ago for living and hunting, the trail is barely perceptible through the golden grass. Old stone cairns mark the way, and clouds float.

Chris Hornbeck

Across misty, huckleberry-strewn ridge tops they go.

Leslie Kehmeier

As the descent becomes ever closer, the excitement builds.

Mike Thomas

Dropping down through the fiery fall foliage.

Dylan VanWeelden

Travelers were obliged by the swiftness of the trail to join in a train of shred. Unlike covered-wagon routes, these trails are as serpentine as possible.

Shimano

The author foot out, flat out

Mike Thomas

A section of trail ripe with Loamatosis shredarensis

Lyden Trevor

Airborne, peak sustained speeds in the section: 33.6 mph

Leslie Kehmeier

Returning to covered-wagon speed, back uphill again, across the next section of the pass.

Mike Thomas

Trail snacks galore since 1873…

Dylan VanWeelden

Along the Old Cascade Crest…

Mike Thomas

Really, it was like a dream. Repeat.

 

Joe Lawwill

The author and his steed. Spencer ended up 7th overall aboard his 2017 Process 111, snagging a few 4th & 5th stage placings across 16 stages in four days, and over 25,000 ft of descending. Check out more of Spencer’s outings on his blog, or follow along his Instagram account @slaxsonMTB

 

 

 

Process 111 Swan Song & Trans Cascadia Tech Talk with Team Rider Spencer Paxson

Kona team rider and endurance/backcountry specialist Spencer Paxson reports with an in-depth bike & gear check as he preps for the 2017 Trans Cascadia, a renowned 4-day blind format, backcountry enduro event taking place somewhere deep in the mountains of Oregon’s Willamette National Forest on September 28-October 1.    

Just as my 2017 event season began in April with a mountain bike stage race (Pisgah Stage Race in North Carolina), it will conclude in October with another multi-day mountain bike event – the coveted Trans Cascadia, a 4-day blind-format, backcountry enduro race through Oregon’s Willamette National Forest. It’s the sort of event that eager-beaver MTB folks save up for all year in their piggy banks and vacation hours in order to capture a gourmet, catered, well organized wilderness experience with friends, and the remarkable autumn riding conditions unique to the Cascade Mountains.

After a 2-month mid-season break from travel and competition (“parental leave!“), I’m looking forward to representing at this special event – a showcase of trail stewardship, eco-tourism, high-level competition, and plain old good times riding bikes in the woods. One of the special aspects of this event is that it is the impetus and fulfillment of reviving forgotten Forest Service trail networks, expanding high quality recreation resources and bringing them back into the fold for others to enjoy. See a more in-depth write-up from our friends at Pinkbike.

In keeping with the inner geek in most of us mountain bikers, below is a rundown of the gear I’ll be taking along, and my rationale for using it. As I’ve said of previous gear-related posts, hopefully you know to never listen to a sponsored professional, as they never provide unbiased advice…;)…but they do come from experience…

The 2017 Kona Process 111 w/ Team Spec – size Large. Indeed this will be the swan song for this trusty steed, as the new Process G2 platform (released earlier this month), is bringing on a new generation of trail machines well-suited for events such as Trans Cascadia. From my perspective as a team rider, the new bikes are better off selling like hotcakes and going into the hands of Kona customers asap…me, I’ll get my turn eventually.  In the meantime, lets give this horse one more good run through the mountains.

I am 5’9.5″ (1.75m) but with a relatively long torso, so the reach of this bike (475mm) suits me well, especially in a gravity & speed-oriented scenario.

I balance the long reach with a short stem (35mm Pro Bikegear Tharsis Trail Stem), 740mm bar (Pro Bikegear Tharsis Trail), and a 46mm fork offset (MRP Ribbon 130mm), which provides 5mm longer mechanical trail compared with the standard 51mm offest.  In my experience, this combination provides a pleasant balance of quick steering axis with slightly increased high-speed stability and consistency through corners.  It’s a bit different than my XC race bike setup, but not wildly different (see other post on the 10,000-meter ride setup on Hei Hei). I keep a grip with WTB’s Padloc Commander grips (30mm diameter). Shimano XTR M9020 Trail brake levers can handle a bit more abuse than the light M9000 brethren, plus the additional stopping power and reduced fade is noticeable. Those brakes are using a 180mm rotor in front and a 160mm rotor in back…and metallic pads in the calipers for longevity.

Critical to any “long” bike setup (or really any MTB, for that matter) is a dropper post, ideally one that drops all the way to the seat collar. Back on the handlebar, I run the small KS Remote lever on the left side pointing downwards so my thumb has easy access while the rest of my hand stays safely positioned for handling and braking. I run the KS Lev Integra paired with a WTB Silverado saddle on top.

Suspension – The front end is held up by MRP’s new Ribbon fork, highly adjustable and reliable, which I’ve enjoyed to great success across a diverse range of trail conditions, from marathon XC racing to aggressive trail riding. The rear end is held up by FOX’s Float DPS Evol shock.

This fork is set at 130mm. I weigh around 155 pounds (70kg) hydrated without riding kit. For fast riding I typically run a firm sag around 15%, with the positive chamber filled to 95 psi (~10psi higher than factory recommended for my bodyweight) and the negative chamber filled to 102 psi or just under 110% the pressure of the positive chamber. I have the Ramp Control knob set to 14 (2 clicks from fully “ramped”), rebound at 11 (from closed), and low speed compression is a quick flip switch at the top right leg, which at this firm setting stays open most of the time. This setup works for me because it feels very supple and progressive, and for my riding style works well for moving proactively along the high-speed, velvety, high-traction conditions of many of my favorite trails in Washington and Oregon…but of course may take some tweaking once we get to these new trails at TC.

I run around 25% sag in the rear with the custom Process factory tune from Fox.  This works out to 142 psi with rebound set at 10 clicks (from closed) and the compression switch flipped to “open” most of the time. Again…this may need to be adjusted for the conditions in Oregon.

Wheels and Tires – WTB tires and wheels go round and round.  Given the blind format racing, I plan on needing extra braking traction on the front end of the bike to keep from flying into the woods on unfamiliar turns, which is why I’m likely going to run the 2.3 Vigilante, Tough Casing, Fast Rolling compound.  It’s a bit heavy (1140g) compared with the next option, the 2.25 Trail Boss Light Casing Fast Rolling (795g), but the extra grip and security may be worth it.  We’ll see.  In the back I’ll run the Trail Boss.  And depending on conditions, either dual Trail Boss if it’s not too rough, or dual Vigilante if the skies decide to open up. Tires are mounted to the WTB Ci31 29″ rim, laced to Shimano XT hubs.

Trail Boss…a bit less bite than then Vigilante, but this casing option is significantly lighter and may be the ticket for speed on the balance of climbing and descending.  It treated me well on the 10,000m Challenger High Epic back in June.

 Tire pressure will be a day-of decision based on trail surface and conditions, but in general have been running anywhere from 18-21psi, typically the same front and back (weight distribution shifts to either balanced or more weight on front of bike while riding aggressively down). I think about “system weight” for tire pressure…bodyweight + kit + bike.  Though I weigh around 155lbs (70kg), my system weight is closer to 190lbs (86kg).Drivetrain – An MRP 1x V3 chain guide keeps things in line aboard the Shimano XTR/XT drivetrain, with 175mm XTR M9020 cranks, 36t ring, XTR M9000 rear mech, and XT M8000 11-42 cassette, and XT M8000 chain.  The front chainring size certainly isn’t for everyone (nor is anything on any bike, for that matter, all setups are individual!), but I prefer it because 1) I have the strength and power to push it efficiently, 2) there is slightly less chain-wrap around the ring so it feels a bit better and wears less in the muck, and 3) I can keep a bit more tension on the chain as it spends more time in the smaller-interval middle cogs in the back (15-17-19-21) …and if I need to cover lots of ground at a very high speed, I don’t spin out as quickly. Pedals are XTR M9000 pedals…with fresh cleats after a long summer of riding!

I spend the majority of my bike time in the more fitness/endurance-oriented world of XC, marathon, and cyclocross, and since 2012, a power meter has been an important training tool.  I use a Stages power meter mounted to my XTR crankarm in order to collect performance data from training and competitions so that I can be more efficient with training for a specific discipline, tracking progress and managing fatigue along the way.

The ride kit will include the following items tucked into a High Above Designs Lookout hip bag, and a Barrier Micro seat bag by Blackburn Designs:

CLIF product (Bars & Bloks) in a 1/2 size screw cap “snack can”; Sawyer water filter & 1L bag (there’s time to stop and refill in putt-putt enduro biking); tire plugs for quick fix + 2x spare tubes 27.5×2.3 w/ tire lever, filled by Blackburn SL Mini Pump w/ CO2 backup; emergency whistle, space blanket, compress & quik-clot, plastic baggie /w NSAIDs + antihistamine just in case; zip ties, spare der. hanger, Blackburn Wayside multi tool for a good fix; iphone + GoalZero battery pack.

Off the trail…Though Trans Cascadia will provide tents and sleeping pads a generally posh setup, I’m still planning to travel with my go-to quiver of Kona Adventure Team gear. After all, this is a backcountry adventure.  You never know what’s going to happen!  Tents from Eureka, sleeping systems by Klymit, bags and camp wear from Mission Workshop, backup camp food from Mountain House, cookwear from JetBoil (in case we need some midnight snacks), and gear bags from Blackburn Design.

Over and out for now…

Das Kona Process G2 ist da!

Ihr habt geduldig gewartet, und wir wissen das zu schätzen. Wir sind stolz, die erste große Überarbeitung unserer beliebten Process Plattform zu präsentieren: das Process G2. Das Process dominiert schon lange Zeit die Abfahrten, aber dank seiner neuen Konstruktion kann es jetzt auch klettern wie Bikes mit kürzerem Federweg. Kein Schalterumlegen, einfach effizient bergauf kurbeln und dann die Abfahrt runterknallen.



Das Kona Process ist ein Synonym für Fortschritt, und wir haben uns nicht auf unseren Lorbeeren ausgeruht. Das Process G2 ist eine Weiterentwicklung dieser wegweisenden Plattform und zeichnet sich durch eine verbesserte Federung mit überlegener Pedalleistung, größeren Lagern für höhere Steifigkeit und einen völlig neuen Carbon- oder Aluminiumrahmen aus. Die Überstandshöhe bleibt gering, und wir haben die Einschubtiefe der Sattelstütze erhöht, so dass Fahrer aller Größen von Vario-Sattelstützen mit mehr Hub profitieren können. Haben wir schon erwähnt, dass eine Wasserflasche reinpasst? Nein? Es passt eine Wasserflasche rein. Ja, das haben wir hingekriegt. Aus Liebe zu euch.



Ein nagelneuer Carbonrahmen bildet das Herzstück des G2 Process Projekts. Um die gewünschten Fahreigenschaften zu erreichen, haben wir einen vertikal eingebauten Dämpfer mit Trunnion-Aufnahme verwendet, und dabei im vorderen Rahmendreieck Platz für eine Wasserflasche geschaffen. Wie zu erwarten, haben Process Bikes Lager an allen Gelenken, u. a. Lager mit 20 mm Innendurchmesser für Haupt- und Schwingenlager und eine neues dreiteiliges Achsriegelsystem.



Der Carbonrahmen verfügt über die gleiche interne Zugverlegung und Kabelöffnung, die wir mit unserer Hei Hei Trail Plattform eingeführt haben, während beim Aluminiumrahmen die Züge extern verlegt werden. Alle Modelle haben Aluminiumkettenstreben für Langzeitstabilität. Wir haben hart daran gearbeitet, die Fahreigenschaften der Plattform zu verbessern, ohne dabei Abstriche an der Haltbarkeit und Verspieltheit zu machen, für die das Process bekannt geworden ist.


Video – Kona Prozess G2: Entstehungsgeschichte und technische Details

Kona Produktmanager Ian Schmitt gibt Einblick in die Entstehungsgeschichte und technischen Details des Process G2:


Drei Rahmen, zwei Laufradgrößen, sieben neue Process Modelle

Mit zwei Materialien und zwei Laufradgrößen, die sich über drei verschiedene Rahmenplattformen erstrecken, verfügt das Process G2 über ein abgerundetes Angebot an aggressiven Trail-Bikes. Das Process 153 27,5 und 29 weisen identische Anpassungsmöglichkeiten an den Fahrer und dieselbe Rahmengeometrie auf. Die Stärken des Process 165 liegen eher im Downhill, für eine Plattform mit langem Federweg ist es aber ein überraschend guter Kletterer. Rahmensets sind erhältlich für Process 153 27,5 Carbon und Aluminium, Process 153 29 und Process 165.

Process 153 27.5

Process 153 CR/DL 27.5

Process 153 CR 27.5

Process 153 AL/DL 27.5

Process 153 AL 27.5

Process 153 29

Process 153 AL/DL 29

Process 153 AL 29

Process 165 27.5

Process 165

Das brandneue Process G2 ist jetzt bei deinem Kona Vertragshändler oder auf Kona Ride Online erhältlich.

Alle Details des neuen Process findest du auf Konaworld.com und die ausführlichen technischen Details auf der Neuheitenseite.

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Video – Prozess G2: „Sea to Sky“ mit Rhys Verner

Check out the full photo gallery and story from our Sea to Sky shoot with Rhys and the Process G2.

Rhys Werner, Kona Pro-Team-Fahrer und Schredderer in Sea to Sky ist die ideale Wahl für das brandneue Process. Gemeinsam sind sie effizient beim Klettern und harmonisch bei den Abfahrten.

Hier gibt’s alle Fotos und die Geschichte von unserem Sea to Sky Shooting mit Rhys und dem Process G2.