The boys at Bikeaholic in Queenstown New Zealand sure know how to put together a dreamy build. Case in point this carefully thought out luscious burgundy Process 153 DL 29 that they put together for local rider Howard Connor. At first glance, its understated beauty belies its the bikes true intentions, closer inspection reveals a ton of awesome upgrades and the fact that this bike is well and truly down to party.

Like most mechanics, the crew at Bikeaholic are big fans of Shimano’s new range of drivetrains. the affordable yet burly 12-speed SLX finds itself a home here. OneUp’s alloy pedals have come from another previous build.

That 12-speed SLX rear derailleur tucks in out of the way. 

Out back you’ll find an SLX 12 speed cassette attached to one of Bikeaholic’s favorite wheel builds. XT hubs laced to…

Praxis AL32 rims. 

This is a first for Kona Dream Builds. Howard’s bike is sporting Chris Kovarik’s STFU Chain silencer.

And we are seeing these Megneg upgrades popping up more and more, the upgrade offers more tunability than ever before, the Megneg air can provides an even larger negative volume, giving you more mid-stroke support, a plusher initial feeling, and more bottom-out force using less tokens. For lighter riders, it’s a solid investment.

How rad do tidy cables look! A Deity stem holds OneUps 35mm rise carbon bar in place while Shimano’s powerful Saint stoppers take care of braking. 

OneUp’s classic EDC tool is tucked away in the bikes steerer tube.

And the build is rounded off with OneUp’s super popular 210mm dropper post.