We found Peter’s rad and very purposeful build on Instagram and reached out to him for a few more photos and to ask him why he built it the way he did. He obliged with an abbreviated version of his MTB life story and even identified the day he became a Kona fan. You can check it out below along with his build details and a few more photos.
I was raised on the North Shore and couldn’t help but be interested in mountain biking. However it wasn’t until 2008 when I bought my first mountain bike – a Rocky Mountain Slayer – and then taught myself how to ride. I was starting a new chapter in my life and found myself longing for adventure, to travel, and to try something new and mountain biking seemed to fit the bill. I bought my first downhill bike six months later as I wanted to take on the bike parks. By the spring of 2009 I had booked a trip to Switzerland with guide Joe Schwartz, riding with Joe was simply amazing and I had always wanted a Kona from then on. I’ve since traveled to bike parks and riding trails in Switzerland, Italy, Ecuador, Utah, California, Washington, Oregon and most recently Portugal.
By 2013 I outgrew the Slayer and progressed to a Giant Trance. Two years later I needed something bigger, a bike which would allow me to take on more difficult trails, so I bought my first Kona Process 153 in 2015. Over the next two years I leaned toward riding more classic all-mountain trails – and riding the bike parks less, it seemed more natural and fun for me to ride the Kona. When I heard that the new Process 153 G2 was going to come in a carbon version, I knew I had to upgrade once again. This time – it would be a custom build which would allow me the versatility I needed in order to take on the bike parks, to tackle the terrain of the classic North Shore, and to travel with me around the world. It’s absolutely the best bike I have ever ridden… Pure Joy. Later in the summer, this bike will sample trails in Montana and Wyoming before a couple of weeks in Oakridge and Bend Oregon.
Handlebar Chromag BZA 800mm Tight Orange
Stem Chromag BZA 35mm Clamp Black
Grips ODI Elite Flow
Brakes Shimano SAINT M820 w/ 203mm rotors
Fork Fox 36 Float 170mm FIT – Kashima 44mm Rake
Shock Fox Float DPX2 -Kashima / 3pos-adj
Crankset SRAM Descendant Carbon 175mm
Drivetrain SRAM X01 Eagle 12spd
Pedals Chromag SYNTH Black
Extras OneUP EDC Tool
Wheels Raceface NEXT-R 31mm Internal Width
Hubs Raceface VAULT J-Bend
Front Tire Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR 3c 2.5”
Rear Tire Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR 3c 2.3”
Seatpost Fox TRANSFER 150mm
Saddle WTB Volt Race