Some say that King Ludwig of Bavaria was insane. Well by some, it was mostly his accountants and advisors, you see Ludwig spent almost all of his family’s considerable fortune on some pretty damn extravagant purchases, and by extravagant purchases, I mean castles. The most famous being Neuschwanstein Castle, if you think it looks familiar that would be because Walt Disney used it as the basis for the castle in Sleeping Beauty (and Disneyland). Ludwig also planned to build a replica of the Palace of Versailles, but the castle, located on the island of Herrenchiemseeiland in Lake Chiemsee was never completed due to Ludwig’s death. If only those advisors knew that Ludwig’s castles would be one of Bavaria’s main tourist attractions, bringing millions of tourist dollars to the region each year.  

I have a feeling though that German Kona Ambassador Johannes epic Bavarian built Process 134 CR 29, photographed on the shore of Lake Chiemsee will not have people calling him mad, perhaps more along the lines of genius. 

Johannes Process 134 CR 29 is almost totally custom, well with the exception of the bikes Fox suspension. The Float DPX2 rear shock and Float 34 Performance 140mm fork are the only things left out of the box. 

A 170mm Race Face Next R carbon crankset propels this stealthy dream build.

And you may have spied that OneUp bash guide in the background and noticed it’s not that normal. Johannes has removed the bash guard and added in a CNC’d alloy bash guard from Ukrainian brand Garbaruk. 

More Ukrainian goodness from Garbaruk can be found in the rear derailleur, just check those jockey wheels.

The wheelset is from German brand Reverse Components and is the BlackOne model, they are an alloy rim with a 35mm external width and 30mm internal.

The cockpit is full of more Reverse Components bits and pieces, the 35mm stem is a Black One Enduro and is matched to a  790mm width Seismic bar. OneUp’s EDC tool tucks away in the steerer while a custom made 3D printed mount provides a home for the Garmin.

Stopping power comes courtesy of Shimano’s always popular XT brakes.

A huge favorite of ours here at Kona is the Wolf Tooth/King Morse Cage. With lots of fore/aft adjustment, you can easily fine-tune bottle placement. One Up’s EDC pump houses a Co2 canister too.

Once you go OneUp you cant go back. The new V2 180 dropper post from the Squamish company is reduced to 170mm for Johannes Process.

And the build is rounded out with some Black One pedals with custom blue pins from Reverse components. 

Johannes Cat, ready for the unboxing.