“It’s truly ready to shred straight out of the box.”

The folks over at MTBR.com have put together a list of what they consider to be the best value mountain bikes under $3000 and unsurprisingly the Process 153 29 made the cut. We’ve posted their reasons for including it below.

Yet another great option for trail smashing fun, the Kona Process 153 AL features 160mm/153mm of travel front and rear, a wide range SRAM NX/GX Eagle blended drivetrain, and the option to choose between 27.5 and 29er wheels. We’re big fans of the bigger wheel size for their monster truck roll-over capability. But if you ride a lot of tight, techy trails, or just prefer a little more playful ride, the 27.5 model may make more sense. Either way you’ll benefit from a slack 66-degree headtube angle, short 425mm chainstays, and Kona’s proprietary Beamer independent suspension design that’s progressive off the top, which helps the bike stay higher in the travel and recover more quickly from big hits. This bike also comes stock with a dropper post, meaning it’s truly ready to shred straight out of the box.