Thoughts on the new Kona Process 134 DL?

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Thoughts on the new Kona Process 134 DL?
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Posted: May 18, 2016 at 17:04 Quote
I've riden a few of the Giant bikes and unless you are looking at their high end stuff I found they rode like.....pooo.

I'm now on my second 134DL and am happy as a clam in beautiful warm tropical waters....

Such a fun trail bike!

Posted: May 19, 2016 at 10:52 Quote
I loved mine in the short time I had it. Ended up trading up for a 153 Drool

Posted: May 19, 2016 at 14:57 Quote
aaronofGROOVE wrote:
I loved mine in the short time I had it. Ended up trading up for a 153 Drool

How do you like the 153 vs the 134?

Posted: May 20, 2016 at 11:44 Quote
The 134 feels like a 153 and climbs better

Posted: May 21, 2016 at 12:35 Quote
biscayne wrote:
aaronofGROOVE wrote:
I loved mine in the short time I had it. Ended up trading up for a 153 Drool

How do you like the 153 vs the 134?

I was torn between the 134 and the 153 when I was buying. I ended up going with the 134 and I love it. The bike is a beast on the downhill and climbs as good as any trail bike I've ridden. I'm glad I went with the 134. I abuse the bike and it handles it fine (I'm 6'4 and 190lbs). The only way I would get the 153 is if I got rid of my DH bike and I planned on riding mostly lift access. Otherwise, I love my 134.


Posted: May 23, 2016 at 6:51 Quote
great photo!

yeah the 134 is an awesome bike! Ive upgraded the tires to high rollers, and a new wheelset. even just a high roller on the front was night at day

Posted: May 31, 2016 at 12:35 Quote
BryanBobo wrote:
biscayne wrote:
aaronofGROOVE wrote:
I loved mine in the short time I had it. Ended up trading up for a 153 Drool

How do you like the 153 vs the 134?

I was torn between the 134 and the 153 when I was buying. I ended up going with the 134 and I love it. The bike is a beast on the downhill and climbs as good as any trail bike I've ridden. I'm glad I went with the 134. I abuse the bike and it handles it fine (I'm 6'4 and 190lbs). The only way I would get the 153 is if I got rid of my DH bike and I planned on riding mostly lift access. Otherwise, I love my 134.


The only real reason I swapped to the 153 was because it made more sense $$$-wise at the time for a do-it-all rig than another DH for the local bike park. I'm glad I did it though, but I still see a new DH rig in my near future

Posted: Jul 27, 2016 at 11:33 Quote
blarg

For those of you who are torn between the 153 and the 134. Tell me what you think of this bike....
I bought a 134a with a 150mm pike. I actually extended it to 160mm AND added one offset bushing to the rear shock which should drop the BB back closer to it's original position and further slacken the bike by another half degree. (ending up going from 68 to approx. 66.5; longer wheelbase, bottom bracket.... about the same) Photos are stock bike top, 150mm fork center, 160mm fork and offset bushing bottom.

Too much? We shall see. Haven't ridden it yet. If I don't like it, I still have the 150mm air shaft and the bushing is adjustable back to zero.

Other details:
1x10 SRAM X9 drivetrain; 30t raceface crank up front
SRAM Guide RS stoppers
Spank Oozy Rims
e*thirteen TRS+ hubs

Posted: Jul 27, 2016 at 20:00 Quote
sham8723 wrote:
blarg

For those of you who are torn between the 153 and the 134. Tell me what you think of this bike....
I bought a 134a with a 150mm pike. I actually extended it to 160mm AND added one offset bushing to the rear shock which should drop the BB back closer to it's original position and further slacken the bike by another half degree. (ending up going from 68 to approx. 66.5; longer wheelbase, bottom bracket.... about the same) Photos are stock bike top, 150mm fork center, 160mm fork and offset bushing bottom.

Too much? We shall see. Haven't ridden it yet. If I don't like it, I still have the 150mm air shaft and the bushing is adjustable back to zero.

Other details:
1x10 SRAM X9 drivetrain; 30t raceface crank up front
SRAM Guide RS stoppers
Spank Oozy Rims
e*thirteen TRS+ hubs


why would would make it a 160 it is more playfull when it is a 140mm

Posted: Aug 28, 2016 at 17:22 Quote
Does anyone know offhand the spoke length used on the 2015 Kona process rear wheel?

Posted: Nov 2, 2016 at 18:06 Quote
Give me opinions, I am going to demo a 134 but cannot demo a 153,I don't want to feel underbiked with 134 so does 153 pedal worth a shit out of the saddle?I just like to see what people comment I will demo 134 soon mainly for sizing purposes.

Posted: Nov 2, 2016 at 18:49 Quote
go for the 134 trust me you will not feel underbiked i raced my 134 on every track on the calienduro series worked great on big big jumps its a little skech but other that not a problem with it

Posted: Nov 4, 2016 at 16:57 Quote
chickendog wrote:
Give me opinions, I am going to demo a 134 but cannot demo a 153,I don't want to feel underbiked with 134 so does 153 pedal worth a shit out of the saddle?I just like to see what people comment I will demo 134 soon mainly for sizing purposes.

I posted this above before so sorry for the redundancy. But I had the same concerns and I have been blown away by the 134. I ride downhill a lot (separate bike for that) but I have ridden some pretty knarly stuff with my 134. I'm a big guy too and it handles well (6'4 - 200lbs)


Posted: Nov 6, 2016 at 19:03 Quote
chickendog wrote:
Give me opinions, I am going to demo a 134 but cannot demo a 153,I don't want to feel underbiked with 134 so does 153 pedal worth a shit out of the saddle?I just like to see what people comment I will demo 134 soon mainly for sizing purposes.

Neither pedal that well out of the saddle. They are definitely designed to descend. They are plenty capable climbers, but more sit and spin if you don't like to bob.


 
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