Process G2

New Zealand Mountain Biker Reviews the Process 153 CR 27.5 “It just begged to be chucked down silly lines”

“The fun factor has definitely been retained in this iteration, and it just begged to be chucked down silly lines.”
“By the top it was obvious the new Kona Process no longer requires the owner to forsake climbing ability for downhill prowess.”

New Zealand Mountain Biker magazine have just published this in-depth review of our 2018 Process 153 CR 27.5 in their latest issue. You can purchase the magazine online here or click on the below image to check out the review on your screen right this minute. It’s also available to read on their brand new website here.

Kona Dream Builds: Jason’s Process on the side “Katie”

No stranger to assembling Gucci dream builds for his customers, Jason from Chainline Bikes in San Deigo put together this unbelievably rad and seriously custom Process 153 for himself. You won’t likely see another bike like this rolling the trails, the ENVE M70’s feature custom graphics and the Boxxer red Rock Shox Lyrik’s get the matching custom decal treatment as well. The XO rear mech and cassette are the only remnants from the original bike with nearly all other parts getting swapped out, from the Deity cockpit to the Hope Race Evo E4 brakes all the way to the carbon 175mm KS Lev CI dropper. Anyway, you’re not here to read this, you want to check the build list and ogle these photos, we wont stand in your way.

Dayum! That Enve M70 and Lyrik combo is just insane! The M70’s are laced to DT Swiss 240’s with Sapim bladed spokes. The fork is the brand new 2019 Rock Shox Lyrik RC2, and the bike rolls on Onza’s Ibex 2.4’s front and rear.

The cockpit is built around a carbon Deity Mohawk DC31 bar and 35mm Deity Copperhead stem. Ergon GD1 grips keep digits attached while Hope’s powerful Race Evo E4 keep excess speed in check.

And like pretty much every custom build we feature, Wolf Tooth’s dropper lever controls the KS Carbon posts actuation.

Oh yeah, that 175mm drop Carbon KS Lev Ci and Ergon SME3 Pro saddle.

Race Face’s Six C carbon cranks and a 34t direct mount chainring drive the Process. Deity’s Bladerunner pedals are there to win medals (on shop rides)

Frame Kona Process 153
Rear Shock Rock Shox Super Deluxe Air RCT
Fork Rock Shox Lyrik RC2
Headset FSA
Handlebar Deity Mohawk DC31 Carbon
Stem Deity Copperhead 35mm
Grips Ergon GD1
Brakes Hope Technology Race Evo E4
Shifters SRAM XO1 Eagle
Rear Derailleur SRAM XO1 Eagle
Cranks Race Face sixc
Chainrings / Sprocket Race Face Narrow Wide 34T
Bottom Bracket Race Face
Chain SRAM
Cassette / Rear Cog SRAM XO1 Eagle
Pedals Deity Bladerunner
Rims ENVE M70 Thirty HV
Hubs DT Swiss 240s Boost
Spokes Sapim Bladed
Front Tire Onza Ibex 2.4
Rear Tire Onza Ibex 2.4
Saddle Ergon SME3 Pro
Seatpost KS lev 175 Carbon
Weight 30 lb 0 oz (13608 g)

Kona Dream Builds: Scott Countryman’s Race Ready Process 153 CR DL

We caught up with Flagstaff, AZ-based Kona Global Enduro Rider Scott Countryman after Sea Otter and thought that his race-ready Process 153 CR/DL was a damn dreamy build and well worth sharing with you. Scott manages a full on race season while also working as a mechanic at Flagstaff Bike Revolution in Arizona. His build is a mixture of sponsor’s parts and parts that he knows will go the distance for a privateer racer on a limited budget. Check it out below.

Kicking things off with the drivetrain, Scott is running Shimano XT Di2 combined with MRP’s SXg guide for added chain retention.

Out back, the electronic XT Di2 keeps things shifting smoothly.

The Shimano Di2 cockpit.

Keeping things blue and S themed, Scott has opted for XT stoppers to slow things down.

ESI silicone grips hint at Scott’s XC roots, while the ANVL components equipped cockpit indicates Scott’s current enduro focus.

Grand Junction-based company MRP have been on a roll as of late with their forks, and the burly Ribbon keeps the front end exactly where it should be for Scott.

Like many racers and riders out there looking for reliability and ease of service, Scott has opted for the super popular Wolf Tooth remote…

…paired with the KS Lev Integra seat post.

Scott also runs Ritchey’s Block Lock headset to prevent his bars from spinning and crossing the top tube in a crash.

California based company RideFast look after Scott’s wheel needs, the RideFast SPM 28 hole hubs are laced to the RideFast Hotline rims.

Tire wise, up front, Scott is running WTB’s burly Convict 2.5 TCS Tough casing tire, while out the back he’s rocking a custom cut WTB 2.25 fast rolling Trail Boss, also with WTB’s TCS Tough casing.

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.

Le nouveau Kona Process G2 est là !

Le Kona Process est synonyme de progression et nous ne nous sommes pas reposés sur nos lauriers. Le Process G2 représente une évolution du vélo joueur et polyvalent qu’a toujours été le Process, avec une optimisation de la cinématique apportant des performances au pédalage largement supérieures, mais aussi des roulements plus grands pour une meilleure rigidité et un tout nouveau cadre en carbone ou en aluminium. La hauteur reste faible pour offrir un bon dégagement, les bases sont courtes, et nous avons augmenté la profondeur d’insertion de la tige de selle afin que les riders de toutes tailles puissent profiter de tiges de selle télescopiques de plus grand débattement. Avons-nous précisé que le Process G2 peut recevoir un porte-bidon ? Non ? Eh bien le Process peut recevoir un porte-bidon. Ouais, nous avons fait tout cela. Parce que nous vous aimons.



 



 

Un tout nouveau cadre carbone est au cœur du projet Process G2. Nous l’avons développé autour d’un amortisseur au standard métrique et en fixation trunion afin d’obtenir les performances recherchées au niveau du rendement et de pouvoir dégager suffisamment de place pour loger un porte-bidon à l’intérieur du triangle avant. Comme vous pouviez vous y attendre, les Process sont équipés de roulements à tous les points de pivot, y compris des roulements surdimensionnés de 20 mm sur les pivots principaux et sur la nouvelle biellette en 3 parties.



Le cadre carbone possède un passage des câbles en interne, avec une trappe d’accès comme sur les Hei Hei Trail, tandis que les cadres en aluminium utilisent un routage externe. Tous les modèles disposent de bases en aluminium pour une plus grande résistance. Nous avons travaillé dur pour améliorer les caractéristiques du cadre sans sacrifier ce qui a fait le succès du Process.


Video – Kona Process G2 : Histoire du développement et details techniques

Le chef de produit Kona Ian Schmitt nous plonge dans le développement et les details techniques du Process G2 :

Trois cadres, Deux tailles de roues, Sept nouveaux Process

Avec deux matériaux et deux tailles de roues couvrant trois plates-formes distinctes, le Process G2 offre une belle gamme de trail-bikes agressifs. Les Process 153 27.5 et 29 pouces partagent la même géométrie et les mêmes équipements. Le Process 165 est plus orienté descente, mais il grimpe étonnamment bien pour un vélo avec un tel débattement. Le Process 153 27.5 carbone et aluminium, le 153 29 et le 165 sont disponibles en kit cadres.

 

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

Le tout nouveau Process G2 est disponible dès maintenant dans votre shop ou en ligne.

Pour tous les détails sur le nouveau Process, connectez-vous sur Konaworld.com et découvrez toutes les caractéristiques du vélo sur la page dédiée.

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Video – Process G2 : Sea to Sky with Rhys Verner

Pour le lancement du Process G2, le pro rider Kona Rhys Verner a eu la lourde tâche de pousser le vélo dans ses retranchements.

Découvrez le reportage photos complet et toute l’histoire du film Sea to Sky avec Rhys et le nouveau Process G2.

Built for War: an In-depth Look at the All-New Kona Process from UK Magazine MBR

While we hosted the North American media in Squamish for the Process G2 Launch, the lucky European media got to join us at Tignes Val d’Isère in the French Alps. For the summer school holidays, the Tignes Val d’Isère resort offers up FREE bike park access, yes you read that right, FREE. UK magazine MBR joined us and have just posted up their in-depth first look at the all-new Process family. Check it out here and in the video below.

“Kona is back in a big way…” Vital MTB’s Kona Process G2 First Impressions

“The biggest takeaway? Kona is back in a big way, and they’ve caught up to and even surpassed some modern bikes. These are now much more versatile steeds.”

Brandon Turman from Vital MTB made the trip to Squamish, BC for the recent launch of the redesigned Kona Process. After riding some of BC’s finest trails the new bikes definitely won him over. Look out for a full review in the near future, but in the mean time you can check out the full story over on Vital MTB.

“The bikes delivered rock slab after rock slab, steep pitch after steep pitch, and we came away unscathed and in control. Frame stiffness was superb as well.”

The Kona Process G2 is Here!

You’ve been waiting patiently, and we appreciate that. We’re proud to introduce the first major revision of our popular Process platform: the Process G2. The Process has a long history of dominating the descents, and with this new design, now has climbing manners more commonly attributed to shorter-travel bikes. No switches to flip, just pedal up efficiently, then smash the descent.



The Kona Process is synonymous with progression, and we haven’t been resting on our laurels. Process G2 represents an evolution of that game-changing platform, featuring an updated suspension design with superior pedaling performance, larger bearings for improved stiffness, and an all-new carbon or aluminum frame. Standover remains low, chainstays are short, and we increased the seatpost insertion depth so riders of all sizes can benefit from longer travel droppers. Did we mention it fits a water bottle? No? It fits a water bottle. Yeah, we did that. Because we love you.



An all-new carbon frame is at the heart of the Process G2 project. We used a vertically-oriented, trunnion-mounted metric shock to achieve the ride characteristics we desired while accommodating a water bottle inside the front triangle. As you’d expect, all Process bikes use bearings at all pivots, including big 20mm ID bearings at the main and rocker pivots and a new 3-piece locking pivot axle design.



The carbon frame features the same internal routing and cable access port introduced with our Hei Hei Trail platform, while aluminum frames use external routing. All models feature an aluminum chainstay for durability. We worked hard to improve the platform’s ride characteristics without sacrificing the durability and playfulness the Process has come to be known for.


Video – Kona Process G2: Development Story and Technical Details

Kona Product Manager Ian Schmitt dives into the development story and technical details of the Process G2:


Three Frames, Two Wheel Sizes, Seven New Process Models

With two materials and two wheel sizes spanning three distinct frame platforms, the Process G2 is a well-rounded range of aggressive trail bikes. The Process 153 27.5 and 29 share fit characteristics and frame geometry. The Process 165 is more focused on descending, but climbs surprisingly well for a long travel platform. Framesets are available in Process 153 27.5 carbon and aluminum, Process 153 29, and 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

The all new Process G2 is now available through your local Kona dealer or Kona Ride Online.

For all the details on the new Process, head over to Konaworld.com, and check out the in-depth technical details on the Innovation page.

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Video – Process G2: Sea to Sky with Rhys Verner

Kona pro team rider and Sea to Sky shredder Rhys Verner is a perfect match for the all new Process. Together, they climb efficiently and descend in harmony.

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

The Kona Demo Tour Hits Leavenworth on Thursday With New 2018 Bikes!

The fall swing of the Kona Demo Tour has begun! Want to try out a new 2018 Kona, including the all-new Process G2, Remote, and Rove NRB? Well you can this Thursday, September 14th at Arlberg Sports Haus in Leavenworth, Washington! Meet up with us outside the shop to test a great selection of our 2018 models. For more info see the flyer below or hit up Arlberg Sports Haus.

For further demo dates, check out our Demo Tour page as well as the Kona Facebook Events page.

Rhys Verner Rides the Kona Process G2 in British Columbia’s Sea to Sky Corridor

Kona pro team rider and Sea to Sky shredder Rhys Verner is a perfect match for the all new Process G2. Together, they climb efficiently and descend in harmony. The Process has a long history of dominating the descents, and with this new design, now has climbing manners more commonly attributed to shorter-travel bikes. No switches to flip, just pedal up efficiently, then smash the descent.

After you enjoy the video below, scroll down for a huge gallery of photos from Caleb Smith.

 

Rhys is riding the Process 153 CR/DL 27.5, one of seven all new models in the Process G2 lineup. With two materials and two wheel sizes spanning three distinct frame platforms, the Process G2 is a well-rounded range of aggressive trail and enduro bikes. The Process G2 is now available through your local Kona dealer or through Kona Ride Online.

For all the details on the new Process, head over to Konaworld.com, and check out the in-depth technical details on the Innovation page.

The Kona Demo Tour is Back on the Road with New 2018 Bikes!

The fall swing of the Kona Demo Tour gets started next week! Want to swing a leg over a new 2018 Kona, including the all-new Process G2, Remote, and Rove NRB?

Your first chance is this upcoming Wednesday, September 13th at Sun Mountain in Winthrop, Washington! Meet up with us at the Chickadee parking lot to swing your leg over a great selection of our 2018 models. For more info see the flyer below or hit up Methow Cycle Sport.

For further demo dates, check out our Demo Tour page as well as the Kona Facebook Events page.

Le nouveau Kona Process G2 est là !

Vous avez attend patiemment et nous apprécions cela. Nous sommes fiers de vous présenter la première évolution majeure du Process : le Process G2. Le Process, qui a toujours été réputé pour ses performances en descente, offre dorénavant un rendement au pédalage digne des meilleurs grimpeurs. Aucune manette à actionner, vous n’avez qu’à pédaler et puis tout lâcher à la descente.



Le Kona Process est synonyme de progression et nous ne nous sommes pas reposés sur nos lauriers. Le Process G2 représente une évolution du vélo joueur et polyvalent qu’a toujours été le Process, avec une optimisation de la cinématique apportant des performances au pédalage largement supérieures, mais aussi des roulements plus grands pour une meilleure rigidité et un tout nouveau cadre en carbone ou en aluminium. La hauteur reste faible pour offrir un bon dégagement, les bases sont courtes, et nous avons augmenté la profondeur d’insertion de la tige de selle afin que les riders de toutes tailles puissent profiter de tiges de selle télescopiques de plus grand débattement. Avons-nous précisé que le Process G2 peut recevoir un porte-bidon ? Non ? Eh bien le Process peut recevoir un porte-bidon. Ouais, nous avons fait tout cela. Parce que nous vous aimons.



Un tout nouveau cadre carbone est au cœur du projet Process G2. Nous l’avons développé autour d’un amortisseur au standard métrique et en fixation trunion afin d’obtenir les performances recherchées au niveau du rendement et de pouvoir dégager suffisamment de place pour loger un porte-bidon à l’intérieur du triangle avant. Comme vous pouviez vous y attendre, les Process sont équipés de roulements à tous les points de pivot, y compris des roulements surdimensionnés de 20 mm sur les pivots principaux et sur la nouvelle biellette en 3 parties.



Le cadre carbone possède un passage des câbles en interne, avec une trappe d’accès comme sur les Hei Hei Trail, tandis que les cadres en aluminium utilisent un routage externe. Tous les modèles disposent de bases en aluminium pour une plus grande résistance. Nous avons travaillé dur pour améliorer les caractéristiques du cadre sans sacrifier ce qui a fait le succès du Process.


Video – Kona Process G2 : Histoire du développement et details techniques

Le chef de produit Kona Ian Schmitt nous plonge dans le développement et les details techniques du Process G2 :


Trois cadres, Deux tailles de roues, Sept nouveaux Process

Avec deux matériaux et deux tailles de roues couvrant trois plates-formes distinctes, le Process G2 offre une belle gamme de trail-bikes agressifs. Les Process 153 27.5 et 29 pouces partagent la même géométrie et les mêmes équipements. Le Process 165 est plus orienté descente, mais il grimpe étonnamment bien pour un vélo avec un tel débattement. Le Process 153 27.5 carbone et aluminium, le 153 29 et le 165 sont disponibles en kit cadres.

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

Le tout nouveau Process G2 est disponible dès maintenant dans votre shop ou en ligne.

Pour tous les détails sur le nouveau Process, connectez-vous sur Konaworld.com et découvrez toutes les caractéristiques du vélo sur la page dédiée.

______________________________________________________________

Video – Process G2 : Sea to Sky with Rhys Verner

Pour le lancement du Process G2, le pro rider Kona Rhys Verner a eu la lourde tâche de pousser le vélo dans ses retranchements.

Découvrez le reportage photos complet et toute l’histoire du film Sea to Sky avec Rhys et le nouveau Process G2.