Kona Ambassador Shae James likes to do things a little differently and regularly tweaks her bikes to make them juuuust right. Enter BoB RoSS, the multi-dimensional Process 165. Here’s Shae’s take on her unconventional dream build.
“What the heck is that??” are the first words my new bike ever heard as I wheeled it out into the world for the first time. Words full of curiosity, but mostly bike lust. Not ‘What?’. But who?
This is BoB.
Short for Best of Both.
Bob is a Process 165 trail bike who, like a superhero, can quick change into a downhill bike.
But we’ll get to that later. Let’s take a closer look at Bob.
Bob has been upgraded to include a Sram GX Eagle drive train. While the cranks are the original NX arms, the rest of the drivetrain is GX.
In addition to a new drive train, Bob has also received a set of Santa Cruz Reserve 37 Carbon Wheels with DT Swiss 350 Hubs. Light as a feather, stiff as a board. These big shoes are tied with two Maxxis Minion DHF tires 27.5 X 2.6.
With this set up, I’ll be able to ride anything, and everything, every day of the week.
Monday through FreeRide-Day.
Oh, it’s Sendy Saturday?
Now it’s time to meet Bob’s twin, ROSS.
Short for Rig of Super Steeze.
Ross is a Process 165 with a dual crown Marzocchi Bomber 58 that has been lowered to 190mm and locked into place with a Truvativ Descendant direct mount stem.
Kona handlebars and grips accompany the original Sram Code R that is still in place for Bob’s front brake, but Ross gets the upgrade of Sram Code RSC brakes for the front, and rear.
The final touch, is unclipping the KS Lev Integra, and sliding the cable into the belly of a Kona seat post topped with a Chromag Overture Brandon Semenuk Seat.
Now those matchy green Kona Wah Wah pedals are really calling for your feet.
If all of this wasn’t enticing enough, the cross over from Bob to Ross, takes about the same time as changing a set of brake pads.
But to me, this dream build was about more than just convenience and parts.
I wanted a bike that fit me, and my riding style. This bike is meant to be fast, but fun. To pedal around gates and hit the big stuff, yet be playful enough to encourage creativity and trickery.
I’ve added my signature touch to really affirm the originality of this steed. A set of custom decal stickers in coral and dark green metal. The finishing touch is a personally designed head badge that has signed all of my bikes throughout the years.
To me, a dream build is the bike you’re riding in all of your day dream stunts.
…Hmm? What was I saying?