Meet Lionel, a custom built and custom painted Process 134 DL 29. The bike is the pride and joy of Patrick Desrosiers, owner of Messier Bicyclettes, a shop in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec that’s turning 100 years old this year!

To say that Patrick is very passionate about his love for aluminum bikes would be a gross understatement, get him chatting and he’ll happily defend why they belong in a prominent place in the bike industry, his graphics and paint package has been picked and designed with the core idea of celebrating the alloy nature of the frame.

“If you want a unique look, colors and components play a major role. I opted for the DVO Diamond fork because its pearl green color is unmatched on the market. I also found it interesting to paint the darker part of the rocker link in the most showy color: DVO green like the rest of the bike accents. Always with the idea of leaving the parts exposed to the damage in a raw finish. A gradient from black to silver seemed adequate to me; connecting the Diamond’s black shoulders to the rear of the bike. Once the frame was bare, the natural reflections of the sandblasted aluminum were so pretty that it’s on this background that the colors were to be applied.”

“A bike created with such Canadian enthusiasm deserves components from the same lineage. Race Face has always been a benchmark of performance, reliability and quality in the minds of several generations of riders. In the same vein, Shimano remains for me the reference when it comes to drivetrains.”

With that said Patrick opted for a RaceFace Next R green 175mm carbon with a Absolute Black oval HG+ 32t chain ring and a set of Crank Brothers Mallet DH pedals.

Out the back you’ll find a Shimano XTR Rear derailleur shifting an XTR chain on a matching 11-51t XTR cassette.
Pretty much the only stock part remaining on the bike is the inline Rock Shox Deluxe Ultimate rear shock.
Up front things are far from stock with that bright green DVO Diamond D1 150mm fork.
The Race Face them is back in the wheel department with Vault hubs laced to Race Face’s ARC 30 offset 32h rims. The bright green hoops are shod with Maxxis DHF 29 x 2.50 WT up front and a Maxxis DHR2 29 x 2.30 out the back.
Damn those paint details are nice!
Up in the cockpit the green race face theme continues with a RaceFace Next R 800mm carbon bar anchoring the parts. A matching Race Face Turbine R 35 50mm stem and FSA headset hold it in place. ODI double lock on grips and and XTR shifters take care of business.
A 150mm RaceFace Turbine R dropper post completes this truly epic build

“Lionel is for me, and for many other riders, what mountain biking represents: a bike with a geometry that makes you want to ride, and ride hard; noble materials which increase reliability, a certain flexibility to forgive our mistakes without hampering our budget too much; sought-after components highlighting the acquired experience and the style of riding, all this while having a bike more respectful of nature, vital to the practice of this sport.” – Patrick Desrosiers