Process

Kona Dream Builds: Arran’s “Awesome whether Riding or Posing” Process

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/DL 27.5, 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!

Ben Hazell | KONA COG

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.

Ben Hazell | KONA COG The ultimate starting block for any Dream Build – The Process Frame

Ben Hazell | KONA COG Arran chose to run Raceface’s Sixc Carbon Crankset mated to a Burgtec 12-speed Narrow/Wide Ring
Ben Hazell | KONA COG The best that Shimano has to offer – XTR 12-Speed
Ben Hazell | KONA COG 10-51T . . . That’s a lot of gears!
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Arran chose to swap out the red DT Swiss graphics for the stealthy black option
Ben Hazell | KONA COG These XTR hubs are still a rare sighting but damn do they look awesome
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Maxxis Minions with all the bells & whistles
Ben Hazell | KONA COG Some serious braking force going through these calipers
Ben Hazell | KONA COG New shiny Shimano levers sit nicely on these Joystick carbon handlebars
Ben Hazell | KONA COG 150mm Travel Fox Transfer post is the perfect length for Arran
Ben Hazell | KONA COG SQlab 611 Saddle with some nice detailing
Ben Hazell | KONA COG A 2019 Dreambuild wouldn’t be complete without the 30th Anniversary top cap
Ben Hazell | KONA COG

Mountain Bike Action Reviews The Process 153 CR DL 29 “The Process was made for the descents”

The crew at Mountain Bike Action loved the carbon 27.5 version of the Process G2 so much that they gave it an Editors Choice Award in 2018. With that accolade in the bag, we knew we just had to get them on the 29″ wheeled version. Well, it seems they loved the Process 153 CR DL 29 just as much, it surprised them with it’s climbing ability but when it was pointed down, is where it really stood out for them.

“The Process was made for the descents; there is absolutely no doubt about that. Turning the bike downhill, we were constantly pushing harder looking for every bit of speed that we could find.”

You can find the full review on the MBA website here or you can click on the below image and read it as a PDF.

http://files.konart.net/download/MBA_01_2019_KONA_SPREAD.pdf

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!

Kona Process 24 Features in the Bike Magazine Young Shredders Gift Guide

Bike Magazine has just published its holiday gift guide for all the mini-shredders in your life and taking pride of place? Yup that’s our Process 24 full suspension kids bike. You may remember it from the below video that we released a few months ago featuring Squamish ripper Max and the legend that is Graham Agassiz.

Visit your local dealer today or check konaworld.com for purchasing options in your area.

Pinkbike Field Test: Kona Process 153 CR DL 29

The crew over at Pinkbike put the Process 153 CR DL 29 through the gauntlet with their new series of Field Tests. How did the bike do compared to every other ride? According to Mike Levy, “I was in the air and manualing on the Kona more than on any other bike.” That makes us happy. These bikes are made for serious fun and shenanigans. We’re glad the crew at Pinbike agrees. The video is great and we’re thrilled they loved the bike.

Be sure to read the full review here!

Kona Dream Builds: The Silver Shadow, George’s Process 153 CR DL 27.5

Don’t you just love Kona builds where you just know the owner has been planning the bike well before it has shown up? Well, George from Turin Bicycles in Denver, Colorado appears to fit into that camp. His very, very shiny and blinging Process 153 CR DL has definitely not been put together with random shop parts or in a hurry. The Push Industries 11-6 shock, Praxis Lyft Carbon cranks, and the custom built wheels are a testament to that. Let’s dive in and check out this Process that’s built for the Front Range!

Kicking things off with the shoes, George has built these wheels around Raceface ARC 31 Carbon 28h rims, they are laced to Onyx mate black hubs with DT Competiton spokes. Both front and rear wheels are shod with 2.6″ Schwalbe Nobby Nic’s.
The drivetrain features a set of 170mm Praxis Lyft carbon cranks with a Wolftooth CAMO spider with SS 28t ring, out back a Shimano XT M8000 derailleur works it magic on an E-thirteen TRS+ 9-46t cassette.

Up front, the 160mm Fox 36 Performance Elite hide a Push Industries ACS3 coil conversion kit.

Stopping is looked after with TRP’s Quadiem G-spec brakes w/Zee metal pads and 203/180mm Shimano RT-86 rotors.

An I9 A35 60mm stem with a 30th birthday Kona stem cap kicks things off in the cockpit. Raceface Atlas 35mm bars and Supacaz Grizips in bling silver keep your digits attached. Wolf Tooths ever popular dropper remote connects up to a 150mm Fox Transfer post as well as the final piece of the puzzle, a well-loved Specialized Elite Power saddle.

Happy Birthday to us.

 

Kona Dream Builds: Double Impact Naoki Idegawa’s Process 153 CR DL 27.5

Japanese Kona rider Naoki Idegawa’s Process 27.5 CR DL pulls double duty as both an enduro race bike and a lightweight DH rig. The bike is well and truly dreamy in both configurations. His motivation for building the DH version? Well, some of the short courses on Japan’s DH circuit don’t really warrant a full DH bike so Naoki transforms his Process to DH mode for the occasional race.

This is the Process in DH Guise. Magic Mary’s mounted up on Mavic Deemax hoops with a full XTR/Saint groupset and no dropper post.
Outback he’s opted for a short cage Saint rear mech and a DH cassette. The rear damping is looked after by the ever-popular Fox Float X2 Factory rear shock.
SDG’s Sam Hill pro-model seat is attached to the rigid post. Up front, Naoki is rocking a 35mm Renthal Carbon Fatbar mounted to an Apex stem.
Fox Factory 36’s to match the Float rear.

Now, these little green bolts attached to the Saint brakes and shifter are Ti, Naoki has a thing for Ti bolts as you are about to see.
Saint calipers and floating Shimano rotors… and Ti bolts.
More Ti Bolts.
Cane Creeks deluxe 110 headset and… More Ti Bolts.
Even the XTR cranks didn’t escape the ti bolt retrofitting.

On Enduro days, the wheels are swapped out for a set with Minions front and rear and a wider range cassette. The derailleur is upgraded to an XTR version and the rigid post gets swapped out for a Fox Transfer post.
Japenese riders (and all those who drive on the left side of the road) love the ability to run the rear brake line on the right of the frame, clean cable routing is important when building a dream bike.

KONA GDURO TEAM COMPETES IN ENDURO2 DAVOS RACE

Coming to the end of a long season we decided to race in the special Enduro2 mountain bike event.

This event was held for the second time and is now one of our top 10 favorite races ever done.

Like a regular enduro race, Enduro2 offers several timed stages per day. All competitors start in a double team in the category Men, Mixed and Women. Within three race days, all teams cover a total of 120km race distance, climb almost 1500 vertical meters and ride nearly 12000 meters downhill natural tracks from rocky high alpine to loose and rooty forest soil.

Our Process 153 custom bikes were well prepared with gravity tires, big rotors, and new brake pads.

But sometimes the devil is in the detail.

 

After playing a little safe at day one with just two of sixteen stages we found ourselves in the top 60 of the 160 team strong men field, knowing that there is a good amount of space to raise the speed.

Day two was the toughest race day with eight stages and a good amount of rough sections on the high alpine parts. Raising the speed from stage to stage we decided to change the team order on stage six. Matthias on his 27.5 Process was now in the lead with me on the 29inch Process following.

“Never touch a running system,” they say and this seemed to be so true as stage six was an absolute waterloo for our team. We destroyed both rear wheels and had four flats in one stage, and spent all our spare tubes and cartridges. Matthias even had to carry his bike down to the finish. This disaster cost us more than 30 minutes additional time and let us fall back to one of the last positions of the field.

But we stood motivated as this race had a very special family character and a few of the best alpine trails in the Swiss Alps. Unfortunately, on stage nine Matthias punctured again which added another nine minutes to the total stage time.

Looking from the very back of the field day three was just to enjoy the last six stages and stunning views for us. We kept on raising the groundspeed and had most stage times in the top 30s or 40s overpassing two or three teams on every stage. This of course had no impact on our total time.

At the end of the race weekend, we must say this was one of the best races, except from the mechanicals, we ever competed in. Very well organized from a highly motivated trail crew in a stunning  location.

We’ll be back next year!

Hannah Bergemann Takes the 2018 CDC Overall!

We wrapped up an awesome race season for the Cascadia Dirt Cup this last weekend at Tiger Mountain in Issaquah, WA. If you haven’t visited this place yet, its worth a trip! Evergreen has been working hard to build and maintain tons of brand new trails, and they are a blast!

We got to race the fresh tracks with tons of greasy roots, rocks, and peanut butter mud to keep things interesting.

 

Stage 1 raced down a new trail called EBAD that was full of greasy, off-camber, rooty goodness. Stage 2 transferred over to Legend & MegaFauna. This stage was my favorite of the day with some on-trail doubles and steep sections.

Stage 3 took us down another new trail called NOTG which was less steep than EBAD, but a bit sloppier creating some long peanut-butter mud sections.

Photo: Erik Mickelson

Stage 4 started back at the top for a final run down the infamous Predator. This trail is one of my favorites and feels like a downhill race track with high speeds, big jumps, and rock gardens. This trail is always rowdy and a great way to finish the race and season!

I’m super happy with my second Pro season and stoked to finish strong and healthy! I finished the day in 2nd, and took the CDC Pro womens overall title! Huge, Ginormous Thank you to Trey, Camille and crew at Race Cascadia for all your hard work and amazing events this season! And for donating over $100,000 back to the local trail building organizations in the PNW to keep building more amazing trails!

Thank You to everyone who has and continues to support me in my bike riding endeavors! It’s been so much fun, and I’m looking forward for next season!

Kona BikesTenet ComponentsStoked RoastersTerrain GymHigh AboveMarzocchi MTBDakineESI gripsSmith OpticsHand-Up Gloves, & of course all my friends and family

Hannah B.

Crankworx 2018

It’s been a whirlwind week as we wrapped up Crankworx Whistler, 2018 this past week. We rode the rollercoaster of a parched and smokey Whistler, BC for 10 days and what a ride it was!

With no official booth on site, we spent most of our week competing in events, catching up with old industry friends, and riding some of the best trails in the world.

Kona athletes had a strong showing in the EWS, Speed and Style, Air Downhill, Whip Offs, and the Canadian Open.

The Riders

Tristan Lemere, who took first place in the men’s junior category for Air DH AND Canadian Open DH!

 

EWS racer Alexander Kangas

 

EWS racer Scott Countryman

 

EWS racer and Kona Supreme, Hannah Bergemann

 

Super stylish mega whip master, Caleb Holonko

 

Downhill racer Anthony Poulson

 

Downhill racer and current holder of the #10 world ranking, Connor Fearon

 

Master of style and going big, Graham Agassiz

 

The Action

Kangas on course at the EWS

 

Bergemann navigating the Whistler forests during the EWS

 

Countryman on his way to 69th place in the EWS

 

Lemere on his way to victory in the Air Downhill

 

Kangas finished 35th on the iconic A Line track

 

Connor Fearon seems to really love the number 10. 10th place in the Air DH for the Aussi.

 

Anthony Poulson on A Line

 

Caleb Holonko in Speed and Style

 

Fearon going big in Whip Worlds

 

Aggy always gets sideways during Whip Worlds. Unfortunately, he went down and broke his scapula. Here’s hoping for a quick recovery!

 

Holonko made it to finals and was boosting huge the entire session.

 

Holonko in the stratosphere

 

Connor on his way to a scorching 2nd place in the Canadian Open DH.

Tristan Lemere taking his second gold of the week at the Canadian Open DH!

Congrats to all of the athletes and their amazing results. That’s a wrap for Cranwkorx 2018!