We’ve already seen some pretty top end Process builds but Arran has definitely stepped it up a notch with this one. When he approached the guys at Boost Bike Hub and told them he not only wanted to order a top of the range 2019 Process 153 CR/DL27.5, but that he also wanted to equip it with Shimano’s brand new XTR 12-speed drivetrain, brakeset and hubs, they naturally couldn’t wait to get started!
Other trick upgrades include DT Swiss EX511/471 rims, Joystick carbon handlebar/stem combo, Ergon grip, and SQlab saddle.
Before he could even ride it, it had to also be Invisiframed in order to protect that sweet paintjob. Arran lives in the U.K. but frequently takes his bikes down to the Alps in France so they need to be transport safe.
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.”
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.
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.
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!”
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!”
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.
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
We’ve already seen one extremely rad Shonky build come out of UK dealer Harts Cyclery. Well now it’s official. With Murray‘s bike, Harts is now two for two. These guys definitely hit it out of the park with this classy Shonky ST.
Murray’s weapon of a bike has some seriously cool touches that add up to one crazy light dirt jumper/park bike. The whole thing weighs in at just 25lbs 8oz (11.56kg) and that might due to these Race Face SixC carbon cranks.
The back end is slammed (would you have it any other way).
Hope’s burly Pro 4 trials hub handles the single gear.
More Hope matchiness up front with another Pro 4 hub. This one is bolted to a set of Rock Shox Pike DJ’s
Keeping it UK, Murray has kept the Hope theme going with the rims and opted for a set of Hope Tech DH hoops. These are shod with Maxxis DTH tires front and rear.
Stopping is a classy affair and another spot where saving weight has kicked in. There are no parts bin stoppers here. Murray has opted for a SRAM Guide Ultimate (the one with the carbon lever) rear brake with a 140mm rotor.
That’s enough brake line there for at least two bar spins or tailwhips. Looks like Murray is planning on getting zesty on this thing.
Oh look, more Race Face. The cockpit is running the Canadian brands legendary Atlas bar and stem combo.
Out back you will find even more weight savings courtesy of Race Face. The SDG I-beam saddle is attached to a cut down Race Face SixC carbon seat post.
You can’t tell us that you aren’t going to dream about this serious whip tonight. I can’t think of a single thing I’d do differently (well maybe some Maxxis DTH’s instead of the Ikons). I’m salivating just typing this up.
Kim submitted her cool looking 2016 Process 153 via the #KonaDreamBuilds hashtag on Instagram, the moment it appeared in the feed we knew it just had to be featured here on the cog. The green and blue themed build is not just about color, it’s about functionality and tuneability, and Kim has the DVO suspension dialed just right. But you have to admit the limited color does have a WOW factor.
I am a nuclear scientist by trade, but I would much rather be riding my bike anytime of the day. My husband built and maintains the website for The Broken Spokehere in Santa Fe (on the side of his normal 9-5 job), so we are often found hanging out there after work. We are both members of the rather informal Broken Spoke race team.
I wanted to try out enduro racing, but I also wanted a bike that was versatile, playful, and durable for hitting up the bike park. My previous “trail/enduro” bike was a Commencal Meta 5.5 that was one size too small (among other things). The 153 was a game-changer for me. As my skills progressed, I started changing out parts, and 2.5 years later, I now have a perfectly-dialed enduro machine.
The Magura brakes were one of my first upgrades – I love the modulation and the stopping power of the MT Trails. I then replaced the rear shock with a DVO Topaz for better fine-tune adjustments and better overall feel. As a lighter rider, changing the negative volume on the Topaz helped me to dial in the right balance.
I am a snob when it comes to engagement, so some Industry Nine hubs laced to Stans Flow rims were next. Thus far, the new MK3 Flow rims have been stout, without needing a true yet! Then I upgraded to the SRAM Eagle GX drivetrain to help with the steep terrain here in New Mexico. A little dash of green was added with the OneUp chainguide, a much needed device for riding the trails at Angel Fire and Glorieta.
Most recently, I replaced the fork with a DVO Diamond, not only because the green matched the bike decals so damn well, but also because I wanted a stiffer, more predictable fork. Again, as a lighter rider, the numerous adjustments allowed me to finally get the correct feel.
This bike crushes it. The geometry is ideal for the type of riding I do. I can’t see myself needing to upgrade for a long, long time…
If you are a regular here on the Cog, or at least a regular here checking out Kona Dream Build’s then you will be well familiar with what Jason and the crew at Chainline Bikes get up to. If you are new here, then after checking out this beauty of a bike you may want to have a gander at this Process, or this Process, or maybe this Libre, this Big Honzo, or perhaps this Honzo ST. You get it right? Jason, and his customers don’t skimp on their builds and this Hei Hei CR DL is a testament to that. Only the finest components from Fox, Enve, Hope and SRAM have gone into this bike, the result has me thinking that owning this Hei Hei CR DL might just be akin to mechanical doping. Let’s Check it out!
In an ever so slightly reserved move from Jason, he has left the Fox suspension on the Hei Hei CR DL stock. The rest of the build saw upgrades and a whole bunch of carbon added. Up front you’ll find ENVE’s carbon M6 handlebar, held in place by a matching ENVE M6 carbon stem.
Hope brakes seem to be popular with the crew at Chainline and the Hei Hei gets a set of the British companies powerful Enduro Tech 3 E4 stoppers. Shifting is courtesy of SRAM and their XX1 line. Ergon’s popular GD 1 grips round out the cockpit.
ENVE M6 carbon rims are laced to DT Swiss hubs…
…And then shod with Onza’ Canis 29 x 2.25 tires front and rear
The drivetrain itself is a mix of SRAM XO and XX1 Eagle, with the later handling shifting duties while the XO looks after power transfer. Ergon’s carbon bodied and Ti railed SME3 Pro Titanium saddle sits atop a KS Lev Integra seat post.
And like we mentioned earlier, the stock Fox Float DPS Performance Elite rear shock and 120mm Float 34 SC Performance Air fork remain unchanged from the bikes stock form.
Jason getting after it on Mt Laguna onboard the Hei Hei CR DL
Jarrod‘s Kona Dream Build Submission came via Instagram and looked intriguing from the start. We love Humu‘s (well we love all Kona’s) and this one appeared like it was getting some serious use and abuse in and around Moab. After reaching out to Jarrod for a few extra photos and a bit more information on the build we got a small essay on the life of the bike (and the life of Jarrod) since its purchase in 2007. So without further ado we’ll hand this over to Jarrod.
I have owned this ride since new, purchased in 2007 from Bicycle World of Louisiana when I was living and wrenching down there after hurricane Katrina. I registered it with the NOPD, when the number of my year of birth was coming close to circulation, 1979. Its New Orleans roots are what inspired the headset, what I like to call the Mardi Gras King, Black, Green Purple and Gold pieced together not purchased, dont think that color combo was ever available from Chris King. (random side note, I helped dig and construct a dirt jump park with the local MTB chapter NOMAMBA that was funded by a grant from Kona during the grassroots Kona Jump Park days)
I was drawn to the Humu when we received two in the shop, mostly due to the adjustable dropouts with disc brakes and the additional mid tube that just screamed Klunker to me! It was almost identical to the singlespeed Kona Unit but it had discs! I originally purchased it as a commuter, installed fenders and swapped the BMX bars for a more traditional riser bar.
Over the years it has seen many miles, I was living car-less and towing a bob trailer for grocery and laundry duties in its early years. Took it out for a self-supported weekend touring around central Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire, about 180 miles of country roads averaging 11mph… it was fun! I had done some minor upgrades like tires, custom color chains, small things to customize it like the built-in tensioner using a headset bolt, v-brake washers and a nut to lock it down.
Then in 2013, I entered the Red Bull Road Rage event held in Georgetown, CO. I gave it a decent facelift to compete, including sourcing a derailleur hanger equipped dropout, 1×9 drivetrain that was road oriented with an 11-27t cassette, and skinny 26×1.5″ tires. I ended being the only 26″ bike that qualified for the finals, top 16, all others were on 700c road bikes! The Humu and I made a couple appearances in the official vid, wearing my girls pink skid lid and all! (https://youtu.be/gblfrn%lpJ4)
Fast forward to 2015 and I found myself back in Massachusetts caring for my Mother and riding the MTB trails I grew up on with it, after installing a 100mm travel Fox Vanilla to handle the rocks and roots that is! After my Mom passed, we went back to Colorado, and I decided to stop riding it on the trails so much due to abuse that CO will deal out and built a full squish to ride offroad and went back to rigid singlespeed with the Kona.
The parts and pieces have changed many times, so it’s difficult to give an exact purpose in which it was built for, one thing I love about it is the versatility, but I have always tried to keep it on the Klunker side of things. In its current build, the most recent epic adventure it has embarked on was a White Rim lap in a day, my first offroad century! Fully rigid single speed, 100 miles of doubletrack, 6,000ft of elevation gain, that was epic indeed. I have also taken it up onto Slickrock from town, and ridden it up Amasa Back then down Rockstacker and Jackson trails, both while rigid and one geared.
The build isn’t all top of the line parts, but I do try to make upgrades as I go, I love throwing random parts on it and changing it up from time to time. I would love to upgrade the wheelset as they are the originals to the bike, but other than that I am really happy with its current setup! As you can tell, it has led a long life and is quite weathered, no, make that Well Loved 🙂
Frame: 2005 Kona Humu Humu Nuku Nuku Apua’A Deluxe – it still glows in the dark 🙂 Fork: Kona Project 2 26″ Disc Headset: Mardi Gras themed Chris King NoThreadset Stem: Thomson 6-bolt BMX Stem Handlebar: Oddity Cycles custom riser bar Grips: Lizard Skins Peaty Grips Brakes: Avid Juicy 5Front Hub: Stock Disc Hub converted to solid axle to prevent theft (Bolt-on instead of QR) Rear Hub: Stock SS Disc hub Rims: Alex DM-24 Tires: DMR Supermoto 26×2.4 Skinwall Freewheel: 18t fine engagement, mfr unknown Chain: KMC Z-410 Black – Half-linked to tuck rear wheel Chainring: Race Face 32t Crankset: Truvativ Stylo Bottom Bracket: GXP Pedals: Shimano DX 636 Seatpost: Bear Bone Ti Pro Lite Scandium Saddle: Vintage Kona Race Light
Tim is a service tech at a bike shop in Colorado. He’s been riding/racing the Process lineup since it had 26″ wheels and this custom painted beauty is his fourth or fifth Process. He’s had it since late 2017.
“I REALLY like these bikes! The original paint job had sustained some wear and tear so when I separated my AC last fall, I figured a new finish might keep me off the bike.”
Tim’s extraordaniry paint job is clearly a homage to another era, an era when bikes weighed more and beer and gas were cheaper. “There is a remnant out there of us washed up millennials still trying to keep freeride alive. But seriously, the Process is the do-it-all for me. When you can only afford one bike, this is the ride that can take you places. “
Which Kona Clump rider is this graphic based on?
Why does Tim’s cable routing look so damn tidy? Well he runs his dropper post on the right hand side, allowing him to wrap the rear brake, shifter and dropper cables all together for one seriously tidy set-up. The front brake runs BMX style through the fork steerer completing the simple package.
While this Kona Dream Build is most definitely about the paint, Tim has still made a few changes to the bike. The SRAM XO/Descendant Eagle drivetrain has remained the same as have the Guide RSC brakes.
Tim has added MRP’s Ribbon Coil up front as well as swapping out the stock hubs for bullet proof Profile Racing ones.
Out back he’s kept things ColoRADo and installed MRP’s Hazard coil rear shock.
Ever since Hagen Kluge first saw a Kona Lava Dome cruising Victoria, BC back in 1994, he’s been a fan. “When I was an 11-year-old kid, I never could have imagined that the Kona’s of 2019 could be any cooler than those of the early nineties. This Process 153 CRDL 29 is my dream bike. A bike that can climb like a goat, corner like a frightened rabbit and out-sprint a greyhound. It constantly impresses me.”
This punk rock-inspired build is something the boys at Straight Up Cycles helped me with. We started with the standard bike and swapped the wheels out to bring in some DT goodness. We stuck with alloy rims because accidents happen. The rear hub has the upgraded 54 tooth pawl and it sounds like a swarm of angry bees. The guys at Fluid Function in Squamish helped me locate some candy red lowers for the Lyric. I don’t want to tell you (or my wife) how much that cost but it brought some pizazz to the bike fo sho. The cockpit is a Renthal and ODI affair because I appreciate quiet quality and 35 mm bars are for gorillas. The Bontrager saddle has been on three bikes. I’ve been in hospital twice for prostatitis so a comfortable seat is not something I let go of. Most people comment on the decal kit, the DYED boys really knocked it out of the park with the ‘Merica F Yeah frame kit!
24-year-old Anthony Bacon grew up in Eastern Wisconsin, and he’s been living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for about five and half years. He graduated from Michigan Technological University and works as a mechanical engineer and am still wrenches part-time at Rhythm Bike & Board.
Steel hardtails are pretty popular among the shop employees. When the purple colorway Honzo ST was released, almost all of us ordered a frame. I received my frame just before Frostbike 2018 and caught wind of the Helm 29 that was not yet available. I waited for that while scheming the rest of the build. I got anxious and made a quick 2D CAD drawing to determine which sized fork, and stem to run, how long of a dropper I could afford, and to dial in my spacer stack.
Living in Houghton, I ride shuttles up to three times/week. I built up the bike with that in mind and wanted to experiment with additional low-slung weight, high(er) volume tires, and additional wheel weight, thinking these would all give additional stability through the rough stuff. Originally, the bike was set up single-speed with a Shadow Conspiracy half-link chain and a Platinum Deity sprocket. One day I decided that I really wanted to ride this bike on an endurance ride with some buddies so I cobbled together a parts bin drivetrain (only thing I had to order was the chainring spider) and haven’t gone back to SS. The heavy wheels really don’t pedal well at a gearing suitable for shuttling.
I built the Honzo up bulletproof, simple, and put my money where it mattered for a shuttle bike. Stout rims, reliable hubs, easily serviceable cranks, very adjustable and serviceable fork, etc. Making minor adjustments has been a constant process which hasn’t ended yet. The Honzo offers a great platform to adjust rear center and I left extra steerer tube length so I could play with stack height and so the fork length was quickly adjustable etc.
This has been my favorite bike I’ve owned yet, and certainly a quiver killer. My carbon trail bike I picked up last winter sat idle most of the summer, all I wanted to do was ride my Honzo. I will be making a few changes before spring, I’ll likely switch to Chromag OSX bars, bump up to 203/180mm rotors, throw in some tire inserts, and potentially swap out the tires WTB’s Vigilante 2.5 and a Trail Boss 2.4, and a fresh rear rim (still holds air, just dented to hell).
This past fall, my buddy Eric Isaacs and I flew out to OR, shipped our bikes, he bought a 1995 Isuzu Trooper, and we drove back to MI over the course of a week with our matching Honzos, riding everywhere we could along the way.
Specs below: Frame: 2018 Honzo ST (M) Fork: Cane Creek Helm 29 Air 140mm Crank: Deity Vendetta Chainring: Raceface NW 30T Purple BB: Deity Pedals: Kona Wah Wah II Plastic Purple Sram: Something out of my misc chain bin – well used xx1 I believe Cassette: Sunrace 11-42 11s RD: Sram NX 11s Shifter: Sram GX 11s Brakes: TRP Slate G-Spec Rotors: Shimano XT 180/160 CL Headset: Cane Creek 40 Handlebars: Deity Skyline 787 Platinum – cut to 770mm Stem: Deity Copperhead 35mm Platinum Dropper: RaceFace Aeffect 150mm Dropper Lever: RaceFace Turbine Grips: ODI Longneck Saddle: 1989 Selle Itala Flite Titanium Hubs: DT Swiss 350 CL 54T Star Ratchet Rims: Velocity Blunt 35 Front Tire: Teravail Kennebec 29×2.6 Rear Tire: Maxxix Rekon 29×2.6
Matt Harris is no stranger to Kona. Before immigrating to Canada he was one of New Zealand’s OG freeriders pioneering massive drops and super tech lines in and around his home town of Auckland on his old Kona Stinky. These days he splits his time between slinging icecreams with his wife Katie at Squamish institution Alice and Brohm and trail building on the Sunshine Coast. The guy still shreds on a bike, in fact, we featured his alloy DL Process on Kona Dream Builds a little while back and you may have even seen him in a Kona Process advert back in 2017! Anyhow, he’s had a Honzo in his quiver for a quite a while, but decided it was time to update his old non-boost version for the latest 2019 frame. Matt and his Honzo can definitely see the forest AND the trees.
Like Matt, this bike is a brawler. Matt can ride faster than you can on this hardtail and that ain’t no joke. Long high speed days in Squamish require a solid build and Matt kicks that off with a set of Light Bike carbon rims laced to a set of Industry 9 Torch hubs. The fork is a 130m Pike with One Up’s tool-less axle.
A long time Shimano fan Matt is running XTR out back.
And a Race Face One-Up combo up front. You can’t see the Hope sealed bearing 30mm BB but you can see the One Up alloy pedals.
Keeping things local Matt has matched the best stem in the world (a 32mm Race Face Turbine R) with a Chromag BZA bar. Stopping is again a Shimano affair with XTR levers upfront.
And Saint calipers out back.
The 130mm Rock Shox Pike is held in place by a 2º Works Components angle set. There are more parts from Squamish based One Up up here as well, with an EDC tool installed in the steerer and One Up’s carbon dropper post lever…
…connected to the 185mm drop Bike Yoke Revive dropper post
Matt loves his one off decals and before having the whole thing custom wrapped by Ride Wrap in Whistler, he made a bunch of custom graphics.
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Craig lives in Sydney, Australia andhas been riding for about six years. He spends most of his time riding the east coast of New South Wales, and while he hasn’t got much vertical elevation the trails can be very rocky. Each year he does a trip to Queenstown, NZ which is where he got the idea for a burly Honzo build after seeing Kona rider, Jake Hood’s Purple Honzo ST at Bikeaholic.
I had wanted to build a steel hardtail for years but when I finally decided to pull the trigger on the purple Honzo ST, all the frames were all gone. After a fruitless search at the regular outlets, I called a small Kona dealer near me about ordering in a 2019 frame. As luck would have it they had a large purple in stock on the floor – it must have been one of the last, if not the last, in Australia.
As far as the build goes, it’s a mix of old and new. I had the Shimano XTR drivetrain, XT cassette, Raceface Turbine cranks, and Chromag BZA bars/Hifi stem. Things started to escalate when my buddy offered me his Fox 36s for a good price after he put a big scratch in one of the stanchions – it’s been repaired so the damage is only cosmetic. The fork has been dropped to 140mm and is the newest 44mm offset with Grip2 damper – I think the orange and purple really set off together, and it’s probably my favorite part on the bike.
The wheels were a Black Friday special, Mavic EN827 rims (27mm internal width) laced to Hope Pro 4 hubs. I had some Hope rotors lying around and also got some XT brakes in the same sale – I always run Shimano brakes for reliability, same goes for the Hope bottom bracket. For tires, I’m currently running Maxxis Minion DHF 2.3 front and Aggressor 2.3 rear which work great on our baking hot trails.
I used a number of OneUp components on the build – I really like their innovative products, and the one time I did have an issue their warranty service was great. For this build, I’ve used the OneUp 170mm dropper post with carbon plastic remote, EDC tool in the steerer tube, and aluminum flat pedals. DMR Deathgrips, a fabric scoop saddle, and a matched yellow water bottle complete the build.
I’ve only had the bike finished and running for a few weeks but I’m loving how it rides. It’s making my local trails more fun and I’ve noticed an improvement in my riding when I hop back on the dually.