The Pacific Northwest mountain biking mecca of Squamish, BC played the backdrop while Kona marketing coordinator Caleb Smith built up his Process 153. Usually one to swap parts around quickly, this bike evolved more slowly as the stock build more than satisfied Caleb’s desires while living at the head of Howe Sound.
“I’m not the most rad rider around, but Squamish’s trails are pretty tech and demanding and I never felt under- or over-gunned on the Process. In fact, I’d go as far as say it’s the perfect Squamish bike.”
Upgrades began with supporting local Squamish business OneUp Components: the bike runs their EDC tool, chain guide and dropper post. Continuing the Squamish love, and Caleb’s love of sweets, Squamish boutique ice cream outfit Alice and Brohm gets pride of place on the bike’s head tube.
Experienced riders will tell you that you should put your money into your wheels, and that’s exactly where Caleb made his first big move. A long time WTB fan, the rims, tires, and saddle are all from the legendary Bay Area company. There are a few other subtle changes which you’ll find as you pore over Caleb’s photos below…
Colour matched Graphics are cool and all, but Caleb opted for stock Lyrik decals and a toolless front axle. The forks were running 3 tokens and 85psi.
The bike rocks its stock Desendedant carbon cranks but with SRAM’s all-important crank boots attached for added protection from Squamish granite. A One Up Components top guide keeps the chain where it’s supposed to be.
The XO Eagle out the back has had a few close shaves but still changes gears flawlessly.
One Ups EDC steer stashed tool hides a multi-tool, a tire plug, bacon strips and a spare set of magic links.
Although now rebadged as a Race Face Turbine R stem this 35m Easton Haven stem has been on Calebs last four bikes “It’s hands down the sexiest stem I’ve ever used and I’m kind of attached to it”
The original SRAM Guide RSC’s have moved sideways to another build, and SRAM’s powerful Code RSC’s have stepped up to the task of slowing the XL rider down. You never know when you are going to need a bit of duct tape.
One Up’s composite dropper post lever…
Connects to their stealthy 170mm dropper post.
You can never have too much carbon… WTB’s Volt saddle complete with carbon rails saves a few grams.
The rims are built around Hope Pro 4 hubs.
And laced to WTB’s Ci31 rims, these rims made the jump from Calebs last non-boost hubs. Out back he’s running WTB’s Vigilante 2.3 tough casing tire.
While WTB’s meaty Convict 2.5 tough casing tire keeps the traction solid up front.
Hailing from New Zealand (where they drive cars on the wrong side of the road) Caleb loves the fact that the Process bikes allow easy routing of brakes both moto and normal.