2016 Process 134 DL help!

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Posted: Apr 9, 2018 at 17:21 Quote
Guys and gals, I’m sorry if this has been asked before. I just recently bought a used Kona. Wanting to replace the rear shock and don’t know the sizing to replace it. Eye to eye length, bore and stroke size? Kona’s website isn’t much help. Please if someone knows. Thanks in advance!

Posted: Apr 25, 2018 at 10:54 Quote
So I have figured out it is 190x51mm or 7.5x2.0”. I’m new to the full suspension club. Any help on recommendations would be appreciated. Does Rockshox make a supreme rear shock? How is the Cane Creek DB, Fox, DVO?? Thanks.

Posted: Apr 25, 2018 at 12:21 Quote
I replaced the stock rear shock on my process with a DVO Topaz and am really pleased with it. Super easy to tune and the bladder system makes it nice and plush off the top but still provides midstroke and bottom out with correct air pressure/volume spacers. Considered the FOX DPX2 but it was out of stock at the time with a month wait.

Posted: Apr 27, 2018 at 16:39 Quote
LennyD89 wrote:
So I have figured out it is 190x51mm or 7.5x2.0”. I’m new to the full suspension club. Any help on recommendations would be appreciated. Does Rockshox make a supreme rear shock? How is the Cane Creek DB, Fox, DVO?? Thanks.

What's the reason for wanting to swap the shock? You can upgrade your (presumably current stock) RS Monarch with a Debonair can for $60. See if you need a few bands for the positive air chamber and go from there. Or, buy a Monarch +RC3 shock like the 153 came with (used ones can be had for less than $200), and also decide if upgrading to the Debonair can would be worth your while.

I have a 2014 153 that came with a Monarch +RC3. After buying a 2014 111 that came with a Debonair can instead of the stock RT3, I decided to upgrade the RC3 with a Debonair can and 4 bands as well for $60. Me likey.

Posted: Apr 30, 2018 at 15:34 Quote
I put a DVO Topaz on my '16 134 DL this season. This after running the previous year with the Debonair upgrade on the stock Monarch.

While the Debonair was a noticeable upgrade, the DVO is leaps and bounds beyond that. Paired with a Luftkappe in the Pike, it's just soooo buttery smooth and balanced.

The Process has a relatively flat (linear-progressive, I guess? whatever..) leverage curve so it really leans on the shock to create the suspension characteristics. As such, any improvement in the rear shock department makes a significant improvement to the bike. This upgrade has made the bike better in every possible situation.

Posted: Apr 30, 2018 at 19:30 Quote
shlotch wrote:
I put a DVO Topaz on my '16 134 DL this season. This after running the previous year with the Debonair upgrade on the stock Monarch.

While the Debonair was a noticeable upgrade, the DVO is leaps and bounds beyond that. Paired with a Luftkappe in the Pike, it's just soooo buttery smooth and balanced.

The Process has a relatively flat (linear-progressive, I guess? whatever..) leverage curve so it really leans on the shock to create the suspension characteristics. As such, any improvement in the rear shock department makes a significant improvement to the bike. This upgrade has made the bike better in every possible situation.

Interesting. How about in the climbing department? I'm more of a set it and forget it kinda guy. Thanks.

Posted: Apr 30, 2018 at 21:44 Quote
The Process, for all its great qualities, is not a wonderful climbing bike. That said, it's adequate.

I feel the Process is always gonna rely on damping to improve the climbing and I like the DVO in that regard. The Monarch offered a true lockout, but I found it useless on anything but fire roads because it was negative rear wheel traction anywhere else. So I just ran it open all of the time. On actual single track climbs, the DVO's climb option works better. It isn't a true lockout, but it's a stiff platform that let's you be efficient enough (come on it's a Process, you aren't here for the climbs) while maintaining traction on sketchy terrain. I just feel it fits the bike better. Even in this particular scenario which doesn't necessarily suit the bike.

On moderate trails that have some peddly bits, the mid compression is amazing. Softer off the top than the Monarch but more supportive when pumping and peddling. For actual downhill, the open mode is everything good in the world.

Just my two cents (Canadian, apply the exchange) but I think it's a perfect fit for this bike.

Edit: and set it and forget it is the Process way of life Smile . This shock offers a fair bit of customization, but I think it's fairly straightforward. Hell, first time I ran it was on some good old BC downhill trails and I didn't even know which way to turn the rebound knob. So I just set my sag, put in a couple spacers for bottom out and put the rebound in the middle. Still ran so much better than the Monarch.

Posted: Jul 7, 2018 at 19:51 Quote
I went ahead and did the Debonair can upgrade myself and love the difference. I guess when it finally gives out or needs rebuilding I’ll upgrade to the Rt3+ or something equivalent. Everyone on other forums kept telling me the leverage curve of the Kona won’t benefit from the Debonair. I have to disagree, the ride is much more tolerable. With being able to adjust the amount of progression and a bigger negative chamber it’s supple off the top and doesn’t seem to find the bottom. Thanks for the feedback!

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