Devin, like a lot of us, has spent the better part of his MTB life seeking out sweet second-hand deals on bikes. When the Process G2 came out though, he knew it was time; time to step up and build his first brand new dream bike. The result is a real head turner, complete with some seriously solid (and bright) parts. Read on for Devin’s build details and the motivation behind Devin’s rad bike.
All of my mountain bikes have been bought used starting with my first: a 2005 Kona Coiler. Now, eight years, three Konas and a slew of other bikes later I was determined to have a brand-new bike of my own. A rig that could hold its own at the racetrack and pedal to the party afterward. A bike that could suck up the chunk, hold a line and fly like ET and Elliot. The Process 153 CR/DL is that bike. There’s something special about Kona Bikes; as soon as I swing my leg over the top tube I get a “locked in and time to party” feeling. This bike is no different and brings an uncontrollable amount of stoke!
I am so proud of this bike, it is a definitive milestone in my life. This bike is proof that hard work pays off. All of this would not be possible without the hub of knowledge and inspiration that is Blazing Saddle Cycle.
I couldn’t resist turning the color volume ALL THE WAY UP with that beautiful gloss aqua frame. The 27.5 rainbow Industry 9 Enduro 310 Pillarcarbon wheelset was a match so good you won’t find it on Tinder or Bumble. Around these rainbows are a 2.5 Maxxis DHF up front and a 2.5 Aggressor in the rear.
The drivetrain is my second favorite part of this bike. The XTR shifter and derailleur are seamless on a 11-46T XT cassette and really bring out this bikes climbing ability. 175mm Raceface SixC cranks with a 32T Wolftooth chainring and Deity T-Mac pedals are where the hammer is laid.
The remarkable stopping power and easy maintenance of XT brakes were a no-brainer and Hope 203mm rotors bring this rig to stop on a dime!
There’s no better feeling than a solid and comfortable cockpit. Starting with the Deity DC31 Mowhawk 787 handlebars, 35mm Deity Copperhead Stem, Deity Knuckleduster grips and Cane Creek 40 headset.
The Super Deluxe shock on the 153 is a perfect pair with the Fox 160mm 36 Float RC2. Makes climbing just as smooth and fast as descending. The 175mm KS Lev dropper fits this frame with room to spare. Held in by a Deity Circuit seat clamp. Actuating the dropper is a Wolftooth lever and on top is a Ergon SMA3 saddle.