Paul Gayral is a French enduro rider, guide, and instructor based in Millau France, he’s also part of our Kona Ambassador program. He recently built up a Process 153 CR DL in to what was supposed to be his 2020 race weapon, before the COVID-19 global pandemic shut everything in France down. With riding off the cards, he figured correctly that we’d like to check out his finished build and he fired us through this photo set and the build details of the complete bike. He describes the bike as “atypical” (not representative of a type, group, or class) which may be reaching a little, but the build sure is a unique mix of parts, there is no arguing that it is indeed a one-off Kona Dream Build.

Whilst the drivetrain keeps its stock XO rear derailleur and cassette the cranks and chainring have been replaced with a set of carbon Praxis Works Girders with 34t chain ring. 

The stock Rock Shox suspension has gone and has been replaced with a full Fox setup. The rear is handled by a Fox Float X2 while up front Paul has gone with a 170mm travel Fox Factory 36 with Grip2 Damper.

Combined with the longer travel fork he’s also installed a Crank Brothers 0.5º angle set headset to slacken the whole thing out. The rest of the cockpit is taken care of by Renthal, with its classic Fatboy Aluminium 30mm rise bar stem combo.

German company Magura and their now-legendary MT7 brakes slow paul down… 

…he opted for Magura’s floating rotors for better heat management. 

The wheels are hand laced by B-cycle and are sporting Hope Pro4 hubs laced to B-Cycles own 30mm internal carbon rims. The wheels are shod with a set of gum wall Schwalbe Magic Mary’s half the time and an Eddy Current/Hand Dampf combo for the other half.

The build is rounded off with a 170mm Fox Transfer dropper post and a WTB Volt saddle.