There sure seems to be a lot of hype and anticipation surrounding the latest crop of Process 153s. We get it. The bike is amazing and this year they are simply stunning. Both the 153 CR DL 29 and 153 CR DL 27.5 receive some of the most incredible paint jobs to ever exist on a bike frame.
The Process has spent the last six years making a name for itself atop the best-of enduro bike lists. It leads the charge in enduro design and technology and with the likes of Kona’s Enduro World Series Team riders Miranda Miller, Connor Fearon, and Rhys Verner racing aboard the Process, it’s proven on the world’s trickiest tracks. It’s also safe to say that not only does it climb exceptionally well, but it’s a beast on the descents, too.
The 153 CR DL plays like a fun bike but has the chops to go toe-to-toe with your local EWS pro. With the likes of Kona EWS team riders Miranda Miller, Connor Fearon, and Rhys Verner at the helm, you know this bike is ready for the biggest days. Spec’d to the hilt with the new RockShox Lyrik Ultimate fork and Super Deluxe rear shock, SRAM Code RSC brakes with 200mm rotors front and rear, and a SRAM X01 Eagle 12-speed drivetrain, this Process 153 CR DL is ready to be raced, ripped, and rallied down any trail. Did we mention that insane prism paint job? Is it blue? Is it purple? Is it somewhere in between? The answer is yes to all three, and it is awesome!
Looking for stellar performance and stellar value? The Process 153 CR 29 is the answer. This Kona DH Carbon frame comes with everything you need in a fast, light, and durable enduro bike. A Fox 36 Performance fork and DPX2 Performance Elite rear shock keep the ride smooth. SRAM’s GX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain keeps shifting buttery smooth while a RockShox Reverb seatpost keeps you in the right position for any terrain. Even better, size XL comes stock with a 200mm dropper.
The Process 153 DL 29 ups the ante in value and spec. Kona’s 6061 aluminum frame comes with a full carbon rocker to help keep weight down. The suspension features RockShox’s Lyrik Select fork with Charger 1 damper and all-new Super Deluxe Select Plus rear shock. Climb swiftly with SRAM’s NX/GX Eagle drivetrain and stop with confidence with Guide brakes and a 200mm front rotor. The DL also arrives tubeless ready and with a dropper post. Size XL bikes can take up to a 200mm post.
It’s nice having that one bike you can just grab and go with no worries about how it will handle on the climb or descent. We’ve built the Process 153 29 to be affordable and handle everything a trail can throw at it, so you can spend more time having fun and no time worrying about your gear. Our lightweight aluminum frame features 160mm of front travel via a RockShox Yari RC Motion Control Debonair fork, and 153mm of rear travel is provided by a Deluxe Select Plus shock. We’ve upgraded the drivetrain to a SRAM SX 12-speed, as well as high-powered Guide T 4-piston brakes, ensuring excellent modulation on the trickiest of terrain.
The 153 CR DL bikes are Kona’s flagship enduro machines. From punishing EWS race days to party laps at the local trails, the Process 153 CR DL is known for being a seriously fun bike. The carbon chassis is outfitted with an all-new RockShox Lyrik Ultimate fork with the RC2 Charger damper and Super Deluxe Ultimate rear shock with RCT damper to keep the ride smooth. A SRAM X01 12-speed Eagle drivetrain and Code RSC brakes are a perfectly balanced combo of pure shred and pure power.
In some of the best riding zones we’ve found, the ups are as fun as the downs. The carbon Process 153 CR 27.5 flies up the hill with efficiency, but it really dances when things point downhill. A Fox 36 Performance fork and Float DPX2 Performance Elite rear shock keeps things playful, efficient, and fun. A SRAM GX/NX Eagle drivetrain and Guide R brakes round out this super sweet build.
We have a strong opinion about this bike: It’s badass. It ticks all the boxes. A durable and stiff aluminum frame features a strong carbon rocker and is matched with a purpose-driven component selection including the new RockShox Lyrik select 160mm Charger fork, a RockShox Super Deluxe Select Plus rear shock, SRAM GX/NX Eagle, Guide 4-piston disc brakes, and a dropper post, with insertion up to 200mm in size XL. It’s the People’s Process and we love it.
There’s a decent chance we’ll be caught in a zombie apocalypse in our lifetime. What’s your escape vehicle? The Process 153 would be a solid choice if you live in a place with unforgiving terrain. It’s an awesome build in a wallet-friendly price. With 160mm of RockShox Yari travel up front and a Deluxe Select Plus shock in the rear, the ride is plush and smooth. Well accompanied by SRAM Guide T hydraulic disc brakes, a dropper post, and SRAM’s SX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain, the Process is one sweet build for the buck.