Kona Process DL - Review

Mar 11, 2013
by Mike Kazimer  
 
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Kona Process DL
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Since 1988, Kona has been building bikes capable of handling the terrain in their backyard, terrain that includes long climbs up logging roads followed by steep descents down rock and root strewn singletrack, often punctuated with jumps and drops. Kona's new Process series was designed with this style of riding in mind – it's an all-mountain bike built with an eye towards durability and strength. With relaxed geometry, 150mm of travel in the rear, and a 160mm RockShox Lyrik DH in the front, the Process is ready to get rowdy.


Kona Process DL Details

• Purpose: All-mountain
• Frame material: 6069 aluminum
• Rear-wheel travel: 150mm
• Tapered headtube
• 12 x 142mm rear axle
• SRAM Press Fit BB
• Full SRAM X0 drivetrain
• Rockshox Reverb stealth dropper post
• Weight:32.7lbs (with pedals)
• Sizes: S, M, L (tested), XL
• MSRP: $5499 USD



Frame Design

The Process DL frame, which is covered by Kona's lifetime warranty, uses what the company calls their '4-Bar Walking Beam Linkage', a version of the same suspension design they have been using since 1996. It's a link-driven, single-pivot swingarm configuration that
rotates on cartridge bearings, a design Kona employs on the vast majority of their full suspension bikes, from the Hei Hei cross-country bike to the downhill/freeride oriented Operator and Entourage. There's a reason for its prevalence – the design can easily be adapted to a bike's intended purpose by altering the pivot locations and shock dimensions. This can make a shock feel more progressive or linear depending on the desired trait. Longer travel bikes, especially ones using a coil shock, can benefit from a progressive suspension curve, while a more linear path can help shorter travel, XC-oriented bikes with an air shock make the most of their travel. The Walking Beam linkage system also helps reduce the amount of side loading on the shock itself. By having a pivot point on the seat tube between the seatstays and the shock, side loading on the shock is greatly reduced, while at the same time increasing rear end stiffness.

The Process frame has what is currently the trifecta of must-have features for an all-mountain bike: a tapered headtube, 142x12 rear axle, and ISCG 05 tabs. It also has routing to run a stealth dropper post – no more unsightly hydraulic line flapping in the breeze when you lower the seat. On some bikes, cable routing still seems like an afterthought, but that's not the case with the Process. Cables are routed on the downtube, and there is internal routing on the drive side chainstay for the rear derailleur. Simple and effective, without any clutter.



Spacers can be removed to adjust the shock
spring's progressiveness.

Suspension

Kona worked closely with RockShox when choosing the shock to spec on the Process. They went with the Monarch Plus HV RC3, which takes the technology developed for the Vivid Air downhill shock and puts it into a smaller, lighter shock, ideal for all-mountain applications. The HV in the shock's name refers to the high volume air can. The HV feature lets the rider dial in how progressive their rear shock is simply by removing a rubber spacer. Before we removed any spacers it was difficult to get full travel out of the shock – it was too progressive, and we were only able to use about ¾ of the travel, even on hard hits. After some experimentation, we found that removing two of the spacers gave us the feel we wanted. This feature makes it possible to try different settings without any tools besides a shock pump. Some riders may find that the shock feels fine without any adjustments, but it's nice to have this level of tuneability.

Adjusting the air can volume is as easy as letting the air out of the shock and moving an O-ring in order to slide the air can down to remove a spacer. Once the spacer is off, re-install the can and inflate the shock. It's fine to let the spacer rest on the lower shock mount while trying out a configuration. You'll eventually want to remove the shock to take the rubber band spacer off completely, but it's nice to not have to deal with removing shock mounting hardware at the side of the trail. Once we removed two of the spacers, the shock went through all of its travel smoothly, with a controlled ramp-up at the end to prevent any harsh bottoming out. The Monarch Plus has three compression settings, similar to what Fox has with their Climb, Trail, and Descend modes. We used all of the settings, increasing the compression for long climbs, and opening it all the way for extended downhill sections.


Component Check
From afar, the Process DL doesn't immediately attract attention. Its battleship grey paint job and lack of any brightly colored parts makes it easy to overlook the bevy of high end goodies hanging from the frame. The DL gets a full SRAM X0 2x10 drivetrain, including carbon X0 cranks with 24 and 38 tooth chainrings. Braking duties are handled by Avid's powerful, four piston X0 Trail brakes, and a stealth RockShox Reverb seatpost makes the proper seat height available with the press of a button. 2.4” Maxxis High Roller II tires are seated on a Stan's Flow EX wheelset, a wheelset designed to be tough enough to handle the rigors of all-mountain riding without being excessively heavy. Race Face's Atlas handlebar and stem round out the high-end parts package.


  The Process DL is outfitted with a full SRAM X0 drivetrain and Avid X0 Trail brakes. A remote for the Reverb dropper post is mounted on the left hand side of the Race Face Atlas handlebars, with the hydraulic line running along the downtube before stealthily disappearing up into the seat tube.

Specifications
Release Date 2013
Price $5499
Travel 150mm
Rear Shock RockShox Monarch Plus HV RC3
Fork RockShox Lyrik DH Dual Position Air 160mm
Headset FSA
Cassette SRAM XG1070 11-36
Crankarms SRAM XO 24/38
Bottom Bracket SRAM Press Fit GXP
Pedals Kona Wah Wah
Rear Derailleur SRAM XO
Chain SRAM PC1091
Front Derailleur SRAM XO direct mount
Shifter Pods SRAM XO
Handlebar Race Face Atlas FR
Stem Race Face Atlas
Grips Kona G-LOG
Brakes Avid XO Trail
Wheelset Stan's Flow EX
Tires Maxxis High Roller II 2.4" EXO 3C
Seat WTB Volt
Seatpost RockShox Reverb Stealth




Riding the Kona Process DL


  The Process DL is purpose built for true all-mountain riding, and excels on rugged, technical terrain.


Geometry and Fit
The most noticeable geometry trait of the Process is its long toptube, which on a size large is 24.8”. This makes for a very roomy cockpit - even though the Process comes stock with a relatively short 65mm stem we felt stretched out farther than we would have liked. Riders may want to drop down a size to avoid feeling overextended. Now that dropper posts are becoming more and more prevalent, seat tube length is not as much of a factor when sizing a bike – the toptube length and a bike's reach are more important dimensions to consider to ensure proper fit.

Climbing
The Process turned out to be a mild-mannered ascender - even with the compression lever on the Monarch Plus shock turned to the minimum setting, there was less pedal bob than we had anticipated. Sure, standing up and mashing on the pedals would get the rear end going, but it was easy to find a climbing position that minimized unwanted suspension movement. We did make full use of the compression settings, simply because they were there, but we would have been fine running the shock in the middle compression position the whole time, climbing or descending.

On steep, seated climbs, the front end of the Process had a tendency to wander if the RockShox Lyrik fork was in its long travel mode. This was likely due to the combination of a long top tube and a 73.4° seat tube angle, geometry numbers that had our weight shifted towards the rear of the bike. Turning the fork's dial to reduce the travel to 130mm greatly improved the bike's climbing performance. Dropping the travel put our weight back over the front of the bike, and ended the front wheel's wayward ways. The same thing could have been accomplished by standing up out of the saddle, but on really long uphills it's nice to have the option of sitting and spinning.

The long wheelbase turned out to be beneficial when tackling technical uphill sections. Once the front wheel was over an obstacle, we had more time than usual to set up and convince the rear end to follow suit. As would be expected, tight switchbacks could be a challenge aboard the Process – it took some extra body English and some rear wheel hopping to get the bike to navigate sharp uphill turns.


  Descending is the Process' strong suit, especially at high speeds, where the bike's length and slack head angle create excellent stability.


Descending
Compared to other bikes with similar amounts of travel, the Process DL is like the kid that can grow a full beard in middle school – a little burlier than everyone else. Its overall length was a bit of a hindrance on tighter trails, but as soon as the terrain opened up a little it was game on. The long toptube and wheelbase make for a super stable ride when the speeds increase. The faster we went, the better the bike handled, with no apparent top end speed limit – blasting down the trail fully pinned didn't phase the Process in the least, and the 66 degree head angle made for a bike that could tackle the steeps with ease. “Confidence inspiring” is an overused term, but in this case it's quite accurate – the bike's solidity made us feel comfortable rolling through rough terrain faster than we normally would. The Process is billed as an all-mountain bike, but with its overall stability and stout feel we would be totally comfortable taking it up to Whistler to smash out some laps in the bike park.

Slow speed cornering isn't the Process' strong suit, but it was less of a chore than anticipated to get the rear wheel where we wanted it. Credit goes to the short chainstays, which makes it easier to maneuver the rear end of the bike, an important trait, especially considering the Process' 46.9" wheelbase. Once again, when the speeds increased, any cornering issues slipped away, replaced by the feeling of being locked into the turns, like a rocket sled on a track, with no rear end squirming or squirreliness to be felt.

It can be a bit of process getting the bike airborne (pun intended), especially on jumps with steep lips, but its length makes it easy to ride out of an off-kilter landing, the kind that happens if you hold a whip for just a little too long. There were no issues when sending stepdowns or sailing off drops, trail features where the bike's length wasn't really a factor. Once again, the length came in handy when it came time for touching back down to earth.


Ride Notes

• We did have an issue with the first Monarch shock that came on our test bike - it would slowly lose air over the course of the ride. A faulty lower seal seemed to be the culprit. We replaced the leaky shock, and didn't have any issues with the replacement for rest of the testing period.

• The Lyrik RC2 DH fork proved to be a worthy match to the Monarch rear shock. The Lyrik and the Monarch have a similar feel – a subtle platform at the beginning of the stroke which leads to a predictable, supple mid-stroke, and progressive end stroke. We were able to get full travel out of the front and rear shock without any harsh bottoming.

• The Maxxis High Roller II tires provided gobs of traction and excellent wet weather performance, but at the price of increased rolling resistance.

• Our SRAM X0 Type 2 rear derailleur reverted back to a Type 1 during a ride. The derailleur still worked perfectly, but the clutch mechanism stopped engaging, reminding us with every slap of the chain how loud bikes used to be.

• The Avid X0 Trail brakes provided strong, predictable power, although the pads were noisy on cold, wet days.

• It was great to see a proper wide bar and shorter stem come stock on a bike – someone at Kona is listening.

• The Stan's Flow EX wheels held strong for the duration of our testing, but the endcaps on the front wheel can come off easily during wheel removal. Not too big of a deal, but if your bike rack requires taking off the front wheel, you'll want to be sure the endcaps make it to the trailhead with you. Stan's is aware of this issue and has altered the design for the most recent production run.




Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesWith the Process DL, Kona has created a bike truly worthy of the all-mountain designation. A smart build kit and reasonable weight make this bike suitable for everything from enduro racing to the occasional trip to the bike park. But don't be fooled by its mild-mannered looks - this is a burly bike that rewards a pilot with a take-charge riding style. There's a fire breathing dragon hidden beneath that grey paint job, so if your idea of a good ride consists of a casual meander through the woods on smooth singletrack, with the occasional break to pick daisies, this isn't the bike for you. The Process is for the rider who keeps it pinned wide open no matter the terrain, seeking out the roughest, most technical trails to test their bike riding prowess. - Mike Kazimer


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127 Comments

  • + 156
 Once again kona killed it with a dope new bike that does it all and then some.....F**** ALL YOU KONA HATERS!!!!!!!!!
  • + 39
 Nobody hates Kona. They make freeride frames at a price point and poor kids trash the hell out them. Abysimal taiwanese welding met testosterone filled teenagers. Something had to give. Many people developed excellent skills on their Stab. This one looks like it does everything right. Comfort, going straight, safe performance going down, not underbuilt.
  • + 8
 kona was a great bike on a budget, until now. It's just too expensive. I'll stay on my old coiler
  • + 41
 the coiler never came spec'd like that. The fork alone is 1100 of the price. flow wheels, x0 kit, atlas parts. That is a lot of bike.
  • + 21
 Really nice to see a company actually think about the parts they spec on a bike. Very rare that I see a full-build and pretty much wouldn't change a single thing, but they've got this one nailed.
  • - 1
 The new XO rear mech looks no where near as good as XT or even saint looks almost flimsy
  • + 9
 lol... Kona finally built the bike I rode for two years. Glad my customizations went to some good. Beer
  • + 4
 It might be expensive, but if price is a factor consider getting the Process. It is around $2500 cheaper, I think it's just above $3000 CAD. I've been on Kona for years and last year I was one of the only ones at our races on a Kona. Now it seems everyone is on one!
  • + 23
 Why are the Kona fanboys so uptight about criticism of the brand? If you like the bike, that's great and go buy one. But don't act like they weren't turning out very average bikes for quite a while and deserved some criticism. Remember, Marzochhi really hit bottom a few years ago and was making some pretty awful forks. They've now turned the corner and are back getting good support. Companies deserve props when they get it right, but they also deserve to be told when they make a bad product. Other than the weight, this seems like a pretty nice rig.
  • - 9
 650b it and I might be interested.
  • + 1
 next year their making two 650b models....
  • + 4
 Anyone says this baby looks like a Trek Session, I will personally run you over with one!
  • + 0
 Im with Protour.
  • + 5
 It kind of looks like a session.... Smile
  • + 1
 You'll be glad it's not a 29er when those guys cram it where the sun don't shine! Haha. Gotta love the instagators.
  • + 2
 @mfbeast12

In fact, I think the Session copied the Process. It's obvious.
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  • + 42
 I wonder if you have to qualify to use this shock? It's got tech for the vivid... We shall say top 6%!
  • + 33
 I can confirm that when I bought this bike SRAM technicians showed up at my house to see my Pro Enduro racing license. Since I didn't have one, they had to replace the suspension with a Dart fork and Ario shock. They are also expanding the "pro-only" model to components, so they also replaced the X0 with X4. To be honest, I didn't really notice a difference, but I guess that just goes to show you how unskilled us 97% really are.
  • + 2
 Triple ouch! Haha
  • + 2
 BAHAHAHAHA yess ScandiumRider
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  • + 19
 I'd like to see Pinkbike do a bike shootout where they have at least 4 similar framesets from different companies, put identical builds on them so component short commings can be ruled out and keeps things on a fairly level playing field.

When Mike states, "On steep, seated climbs, the front end of the Process had a tendency to wander if the RockShox Lyrik fork was in its long travel mode. This was likely due to the combination of a long top tube and a 73.4° seat tube angle, geometry numbers that had our weight shifted towards the rear of the bike"

How is this any different than any other 6" bike? Okay the long top tube maybe, but the head and seat angle is exactly the same as every other bike out there.
Most of these bikes have head angles 66-67 degrees and seat angles 73-74 degrees. So how does this bike act any differently than any other others? or does it?
Let's get a true comparison test to read about.
  • + 1
 TT length has more impact on fit vs. any other measurement.... +/- one degree on the HTA isn't as detrimental as an inch in the TT, esp. w' the advent of the angleset.
  • + 1
 @ OldSkoolAK - He is not talking about fit but about the tendency for all slacked out long travel AM bikes to wander on climbs.
The TT on my Butcher is super short and it still wanders on climbs its the geo not the fit. Actually 1* does make a big difference and it becomes amplified on climbs. There are many advantages to running a longer TT and a shorter stem when it comes to a AM Enduro bike.
  • + 1
 I second joebmx. My mission has essentially the same linkage, but lower on thhe frame, but with longer chain stays and a 67* ha. How do they compare side by side? What about next to a spec enduro?
  • + 1
 They chose an X-large frame, Who rides and XL? get one that fits. They work!
  • + 1
 @MX298 - The bike tested was a size large, which is what I typically ride. I'm 5'11 with a 33" inseam. @joebmx - I would say that the front end of the Process did wander more than other 6" bikes I've ridden. With the seat extended to proper height my weight was further back, mostly because of the long top tube as you mentioned.
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  • + 17
 A hefty crap before going riding is more noticeable than an extra pound on your bike(excluding wheels). Quit whining over weight and just pedal your damn bike.
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  • + 7
 I'm surprised that the internet engineers haven't said that the head tube will snap off as the top and down tubes aren't braced together, like they did with the current Norcos (which didn't....).

Anyway, looks like a dialed bike. It's just a shame that in our time of marketing and image over substance, it looks a bit.....boring?
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  • + 8
 Good to see Kona still making such good bikes, despite what people say about them they are still mad.
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  • + 3
 It's nice to see RockShox spec'd on a bike of this caliber. I feel like Fox has a strangle hold on the $3500+ OEM market, and to a lesser extent the mindshare of the consumer, and that's too bad. Fox makes great suspension, but RockShox is always just as good, if not sometimes better.
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  • + 5
 Yea......probably. Hey wouldn't that make a great advert for the trek session? They could have a photo of a session and underneath it would say: looks exactly like a Session!
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  • + 6
 Kona bikes as of 2012 are dialed. Good job Mandell!
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  • + 6
 32.7 lbs is effin light for a Kona!
  • - 1
 but effin heavy for $5499 by comparison the Norco Range B-3 is nearly the same weight, same travel, bigger wheels, and only $2700.
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  • + 2
 I don't think bikes will ever be light enough for the weight weenies.

And I sure hope weight isn't the deciding factor for you, even if you're racing. If it is, you're not riding fast enough to bring out the real character of the bike.

"Oh I like bike x by brand y! Sure, it understeers into trees, but it only weights 2 pounds. As long as I don't go fast, it doesn't try to kill me. Win!"
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  • + 5
 That price is way off...... The Transition Carbon Covert is $5199.......
  • + 3
 Actually no the comparable build would be $6599 and its still only XT with a XTR der group. You get a Fox Fork and Shock but then you get CTD which may be good for some, but I find it to be garbage. Where as the Kona uses full XO with Rock Shox adjustable suspension..... Oh and good luck getting a Covert Carbon unless somehow a dealer had someone back out of a order after waiting to long to get it.

I was going to wait for a Covert but may look at a Process. I am building a Process DL for a friend and we are going out riding so we'll see if it changes my mind.
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  • + 2
 Thanks pink bike for a real bike test. I dig the simple design that has all the goods for a ride that can take a thrashing. Not to be a downer, but almost every piece of SRAM component that I have owned has disappointed or failed me in the past. Bummer because from an aesthetic point of view their stuff looks awesome.
  • + 2
 I kinda agree with the sram componentry comment... I find the chains break FAR too easily... 3 in a season and I am not doing a thing differently than my buddies I was riding with, and my buddy whos dad swore by sram shifters/derailleurs went through rear derailleurs like mad.... maybe we are getting second rate parts in our local, but we're paying full price... and I am sticking with all shimano... LOVE my rockshox though!! I prefer the stiffness over a fox... just a feel thing.
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  • + 5
 Sorry, but for that ammount of money, I'd rather buy a SB66 (maybe even a carbon one) !
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  • + 2
 Good review. I've had the bike since nowember, and agree with all the points. Actually paintwork looks much better Live in pictures, doens't come across as dull. Interestingly my rearshock also leaked in the beginning, but it was -5C° then. I went to Spain and it was +22 and no problem with rearshock. Either mine, or Pinkbike's scale is not accurate. I've got the same L size. Only changes I've done is convert to tubeless and change rear tyre into Crossmark LUST. Instead of Kona flats I have new XT trail pedals. My scale shows 13.5kg, or 29.7lbs.
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  • + 5
 I love my 08 dawg, and this looks like a slacker burlier heap of fun, wish i could afford one, could sell the kids i guess !
  • + 2
 still like my 07 Dawg as well. now that the kids have bikes I just keep swapping parts out on the Kona.
  • + 2
 I just put new bars on yesterday, can't wait for spring !
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  • + 4
 Not too bad... I don't reckon it looks the best but it sounds like a real performer. I'd take that thing for a jam. I'd even buy one if I had the money haha...
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  • + 1
 It's sad that Kona has gone to such understated colour schemes the last couple of years. How a bike looks is as important as how it rides for some people. My 07 Kona Dawg had the candy apple red paint job and looked trick, even if it wasn't. These might be nicely specced bikes, but the paint is so bland ... ugh.
  • + 5
 Fad resistant. Understated is underrated. I'll take black or grey over ANY other color. Remember purple ano?
  • - 3
 Gawd that's ugly.....
  • + 1
 And yes.... looks are important..... If someone offered me the bike of my choice but I HAD to run a rainbow/ or rasta/ or da-glo scheme I'd have to semi-politely decline.... and keep making and saving cash.....
  • + 2
 Oh baby I like it raw! Anodised rules paint sux. Nuetral colours allow you to customize anything to your own taste. If you like anodised green and your bike is painted yellow or blue like the new cadabra models you are pretty screwed.
  • + 5
 Are you kidding me?? If somebody wanted to give me this bike free I would ride it even if it was pink with purple polka-dots and said "SWEETHEART" on the downtube.
  • + 4
 Go classic and you'll never go out of style... this bike will STILL look tits in ten years.
  • + 1
 rasta colours are dope, so good looking Smile
  • + 3
 For a free bike, I can endure a lot of things...spandex is borderline, but I would probably do that too. Go Team Poverty mountain biking!
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  • + 1
 I like it. Nice to see something with a bit of extra beef in the frame. Some of us are 200lbs and ride hard and need something thats not a wet noodle and would like to get a few years out of a frame. And there are just to many frame smashing rocks for me to jump to carbon. Plus it's just to spendy for me right now.
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  • + 3
 I see they have revived 2007 Kona Coiler. Good, it was their best trail bike.
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  • + 4
 Hey look ! New old stuff !
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  • + 4
 @that price point there are way to many other options...
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  • + 1
 With that weight and that spec list it "shouldn't" be breaking any time soon. Unless you crash into trees and bottom out all the time.
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  • + 3
 Who gives a shit about weight. If it lasts 5 years, I'm more impressed.
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  • + 1
 Love this bike, perfect build spec, would not change a thing! This bike & build have FUN written all over. Thanks for a good review.
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  • + 1
 Burly, long, pedals up, blitzes going down.... Sounds like a Mongoose Khyber Super or Elite. And if it's as good as those bikes, IT'S A GOOD FRACKIN BIKE!!!!!
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  • + 4
 Nice!! a 26" bike!!!!
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  • + 1
 This is an awesome bike. You can get the frame with the Monarch shock for as little as 1300 EUR. That's a great platform to build upon.
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  • + 3
 I only need $5,400 more & it's mine!
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  • + 1
 I have thish bike have done ton of downhill and uphill with it it even held up on a black Diamond run with it great bike
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  • + 1
 Really awesome bike, They should have bumped the rear wheel travel up to 160mm though
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  • + 2
 32.7 lbs?? Bike needs a dieting process...
  • + 11
 What does weight really matter for an average rider? Besides, if you cram some tools, a spare tube and mini-pump, some food, your wallet and phone, a rain jacket and perhaps some protective gear in your backpack, and fill up ye olde Camelbak with 2 litres of water, you pedal all day without complaining about the weight of your gear.
  • - 8
 but is a full xo specced bike really for the average rider? and man if that's your backpack i don't wanna imagine how hard riding is for you....i've been completely backpack free for all disciplines since last year and loving every minute of it
  • + 6
 For 5 grand I want a well engineerd bike, and an up to date all mountain bike at 32.7 lbs is obviously not. My stock ReignX0 from 2012, which I would consider an even more robust enduro, with kindshock seatpost and syncros meathook pedals is 30.6 lbs, just sayin...
  • + 2
 I do agree. Spec looks good, but where is all that weight hiding? I imagine that a lower spec built would be close to 34-35 lbs? That's quite a built of weight for the AM crowd. And I don't want to hear stories of how you guys were walking 20 miles to school and riding 40 lbs bikes back in the day.
  • + 2
 That is a heavy bike considering the spec on it. My 168/170mm yt industries wicked pro with a pretty similar build and bigger 200mm brakes is 30.6lbs and a much burlier bike.

It should be sub 30lbs for the price point and amount of travel it has.
  • + 5
 If I took this bike on a XC ride with Barry Wicks, he would kick my ass. Not because this bike is heavy, but because he is fast and I am not. The weight of the bike only matters on the internet. Ride one of these on the trails they are meant to be ridden and you will be shocked at how fun it is. You will not get to the bottom and say, wow that was awesome but this bike needs to be 2 lbs lighter. A Mojo HD with XO dropper post and similar wheels and tires is 29.5lbs
  • + 0
 You can build one lighter. Weight comes off a bike at about $1000.00 per pound.
  • + 2
 Yeah, I'm a little puzzled. My Tanuki gives up 20mm, but is 2.5 lbs lighter, frame's 7# with shock, and my kit certainly isn't the lightest. Hell, I'm running DH cranks, going to xo carbon is another 1/2 #!!! I seriously doubt that frame comes in at 10# with shock. I want just the frame with my tanuki's kit.... my mavics must be magics......
  • + 5
 I can drop a deuce and take about 3 pounds off my weight on the trail...for free!
  • + 1
 this is very true, you could most likely get a similarly specced devinci dixon for example, down to well under 30 lbs. as well i'd say in terms of many other areas this bike is quite robust, i.e the wheels and fork, the lyrik is around 5 lbs. whereas a lot of bikes like these come with a 32 fox which saves a lot of weight (over a pound lighter for a 150mm float 32 talas), but i hear many complaints about in the long travel version for heavier riders (flexiness)
  • + 1
 @compaqnc6340 backpack free? I'd love to and may be possible in Canada, but if you're going for a 2+ hour rides, that's difficult or impossible in most parts of Australia. FreddyBear nailed it, but I would also add a basic first aid kit, mostly compression bandages if someone gets impaled or bitten by a snake (don't laugh, I saw a few brown snakes this year at the start of summer, and they can be very cranky after hibernation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3sdjL0cWWQ&feature=share&list=PL5136880C65D6FCC6).
  • + 2
 Fact is, you can buy a $3500 bike that is nearly the same weight, same pedaling performance, same travel, and have $2000 to spend on a bike trip to South America.
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  • + 1
 I must say kona is taking there game to another level in my mind. way to go!
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 whats the process of taking out spacers with that rear shock? I have the same thing and Its too progressive
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 nice bike but to expensive for this bike i buy a remedy 8 2013 for 3300 and i tink is better bike and i upgrade my bike the price for my bike 4000.00 cmplete and is advance for travel and suspension it s my opinion
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  • + 1
 I hear great things about this bike from my local shop. As soon as they get a demo, I want to take her for a spin.
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  • + 1
 Tis is the iron horse mk3...minus the awesome dw linkage
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 I'd have one tomorrow!!
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  • + 1
 almost 33 pounds though. Burly it is.
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 Oh no!! They are forcing me to buy a 26" bike!
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 Maybe it would take 650b wheels? frame's got lots of clearance
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 frame only? i already have a monarch & lyrik & stuff. Cuantos?
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 Jesus $5500 for a bike! Have these taken over from the Stinky?
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 the stinky is the entourage, these are the 'new' coilers.

I'm keen to get on one, would love a burly all mtn bike like this. Since i live in whistler i want an AM bike that can do some days in the bike park when my DH bike is broken, or if i have a friend visiting I can loan my DH bike and rip on this. Just no way i'm getting the $5500 one, gunna have to be the low end orange one.
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 I wonder how it will perform with a cane creek db air?
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 This is called "wit", not sarcasm...
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 Is it pronounced PRO-cess or PRA-cess?
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 In Canada it's PRO-cess, in America it's PRA-cess.
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 So its PRA-cess for you!

Is the Process a successor to the Coiler? Or is the Coiler a whole different bike altogether?
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 Love mine! With pedals, I'm at 30 pounds running a 1x10 setup
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 nice kona. nice
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 Nice, but... So freaking heavy, throw in some more clams and buy an ibis or a Santa Cruz. Jeez!
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 I have ridden and or owned the Mojo HD the Nomad C and the Process DL. By far the Process DL was the most playful for my riding style. The weight of process is not bad when you are out riding it. The wheels are light for how strong they are, and you can always change the tires to something lighter if you need to win an internet weight weenie contest. At the end of the day real rubber shows that you are a real man. One who is strong enough to roll them up the hill, and has the balls to out ride lesser tires on the DH. You could save 1.94 pounds switching to Ikons, but who would do that.
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 for sure. At that price point spend a bit more and get a lighter more playful bike.
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 Yup... Tires- First thing you regret after a weight-concsious crusade of upgrades.
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 This build just makes sense for the hardcore rider. Like Kootenaycycle says. yes you can save and win the internet weight weenie contest. You will be stopping every mile to fix a puncture too, and missing corners because you got no grip. Switch to a regular post and pussy tires can easily win you 2kg, but it would take the fun out of riding. The problem is people like to compare, and numbers are easier to compare then how much fun a bike is.
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 I really like this bike.
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 does this bike have iscg tabs? big problem for me if it doesnt!
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 It does.
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