As a salesman at his local shop, Flagstaff Bicycle Revolution, Nick had the pick of the litter when it comes time to choose a new bike. The idea behind this bike was to make the most playful and fun 29er I could think of, something akin to a trail-ready slope bike. A secondary goal was to make the best cornering bike possible so that once every year I could do something that made me feel like Connor Fearon. With these two ideas at hand, I set to work on a unique and highly impractical spec. The result has been a bike that is extremely easy to ride on dirt jumps, slalom tracks, and urban nonsense, but still goes like hell when the trail points straight down. This bike excels when pushed hard and #lovesbackwheel
That is my Process, Chloe the Cheetah53. She goes fast, likes it rough, but is sweet enough to bail you out of jail when you’re an idiot.
The Process has some of the shortest chainstays in the biz coupled with a very stiff rear linkage making for a bike that is naturally fast to corner. E13 TRSr Carbon wheels were chosen both for their stiffness and quality hubs to give the bike snappy handling under power or when pumping. WTB Judge and Trailboss tires keep things fast but sticky. An offset bushing was placed in the rear shock to get the bike lower to the ground dropping BB height from 346mm to 332mm. A set of short, 165mm Sram GX cranks were used to minimize pedal strikes. Suspension remains factory with a Lyrik Select and Super Deluxe Select+ for simplicity but is run at 18% sag at the rear with zero volume spacers, and 15% sag at the front with the maximum of five volume spacers, no compression, and rebound as fast as possible.

Drivetrain simplicity is the name of the game on a bike that will get crashed a lot. A Shimano Zee 10s derailleur paired to an XT cassette and shifter keep changes precise, weight low, and replacement cheap.

The cockpit of the bike sees a super short Raceface Turbine R stem matched to a Next R handlebar and DMR Deathgrips. A Next R carbon seatpost and Ergon SDH2 downhill saddle keep the touch points of the bike clean and functional with minimal cables. The front brake hydraulic line is run through the steerer tube of the fork for barspin and tailwhip capabilities.

All Mountain Style cheetah print details because cheetahs are fast.

Stopping comes from the ever powerful Formula Cura two piston, chosen for both lever feel and sex appeal. As an added bonus, Formula use quick-connect hydraulic hardware allowing for a serviceable headset and adjustable bar height without having to rebleed the front brake.