While the EWS wrapped up last weekend in Zermatt Switzerland, the year’s Enduro racing for the Kona Gravity Team has one last official engagement, and that is the UCI sanctioned Trophy of Nations race in Finale Ligure, Italy. In addition to Miranda Miller and Rhys Verner racing for Team Canada and Connor Fearon racing for Team Australia, Alexander Kangas will also be representing Team Sweden and trying to shake off the bad luck that he suffered here last year when he broke fingers in both hands, ruining his season.
To mark the first Trophy of Nations event, which is the first UCI sanctioned EWS race and the first chance for enduro races to earn World Championship tiles and rainbow stripes, we got together with Impact Designs in Québec and produced for Miranda and Connor these unique, one-of-a-kind Process 153 CR builds.
Carrying on with their Mont St Anne World Champs bikes, Pat from Impact Designs has stuck with the retro Kona theme he produced for their Operators and come up with these two stunning designs. Connor’s Southern Cross inspired design is a mix of blue and silver and just looks awesome. Team Partners have helped out too, with OneUp, HT and Chris King all coming to the party with blue parts. The drivetrain, in particular, gets a One Up bash guide and HT AE05 pedals to go along with the XO1 crankset.
Out back you’ll find an XO1 rear derailleur and XO cassette and chain. You may also notice that the rear chainstays look a little different. Connors mechanic and team manager Mathieu Dupelle has fitted an Operator rear chainstay to Connors bike, complete with its adjustable length stays.
SRAM’s AXS Reverb controller, SO DAMN RAD.
Black RockShox Lyrik Ultimates keep Connors front end tracking.
While Chris King hubs laced to Maxxis shod We Are One hoops keep the bike rolling.
Out back Connor has opted for a Rock Shox Super Deluxe Coil Ultimate.
SRAM’s powerful Code brakes and 200mm centerline rotors slow things down.
Connor uses OneUp’s EDC steerer tool, combined with a Deity bar and stem combo.
In addition to the EDC tool, Connor also rocks OneUp’s sweet pump, which stores a Co2 canister inside and features a removable head.
More Chris King and a few stars from the Southern Cross (the five stars featured on Australia’s flag).
Retro Kona goodness!
That boxing kangaroo is back!
Miranda’s bike gets the same treatment but with a Canadian red and white twist. She’s also sporting a full OneUp cockpit (bar, stem and EDC Steerer tool) that reflect her ties to the Squamish based component company.
A red spring and bash guide ad a few more splashes of national pride.
Like Connor’s Process, Miranda’s bike also utilizes SRAM’s new AXS wireless system for its XO1 rear derailleur and Reverb.
Long Live Chainsaw
How’s that epic red paint job?
Both Connor and Miranda have a serious chance at bringing home rainbow jerseys for Australia and Canada. We cant wait to see how the weekend unfolds!