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Posted: Mar 27, 2019 at 22:22 Quote
Not sure if this thread will gain much attention. just curious as to what modifications 165 owners have done, what has worked/not worked,
So far my 165 is stock, looking at upgrading the shock to an air shock with climb switch/lockout, then maybe the brakes.

Posted: Mar 27, 2019 at 22:56 Quote
I'm helping a friend buy a bike and this is near the top of the list. Nice bike and solid spec. Any upgrades will cost a lot for very little improvement.

As much as I like coil shocks, the lighter shock and climb switch makes sense.

- You could get a super long dropper post if you can fit it - up to 212 mm!
- Cassette is a bit heavy, but lighter ones cost a fortune.
- Hubs are basic, but they ought to hold up and the rims are nice.
- Tires are posh triple compound with Double Down casing. I like wide tires and would prefer a 2.5" on the rear, but you can just move the front to the rear when the rear wears out, then mount a fresh front.
- I normally hate lock-on grips, but even the grips are decent.

Okay, I'd change the grips to my beloved, squishy, non-locking Oury. That's what I would upgrade. The grips.

Posted: Mar 28, 2019 at 9:51 Quote
I swapped the cockpit and saddle, but that's about it for now.
-Stem - Deity Copperhead (31.8mm)
-Bars - Deity Brendog cut to 780mm
-Grips - ODI Rogue
-Saddle - Deity Speedtrap

In my experience, those i29 rims don't last on rough terrain (the ones that came on my old 153 are toast). I have a second wheelset I swap out for DH.

I think at some point during the season I'll end up throwing a Float X2 on, mainly to lighten it up and have a climb switch.

Posted: Apr 5, 2019 at 10:52 Quote
What size shock is on the 165?

Posted: Apr 5, 2019 at 16:42 Quote
aaronofGROOVE wrote:
205x65

Has anyone tried putting a shock off a 165 onto the 153? Just curious.

Posted: Apr 22, 2019 at 3:28 Quote
2018 Kona process165
Lyrik rc2 upgrade kit
Super deluxe rct
ox1 eagle drive train
Code rsc
Renthel carbon bar and renthel stem
Hope hubs
Spank vibracore wheels

Posted: Apr 22, 2019 at 6:28 Quote
Swapped my Saints onto the 165 and the Code R's onto my old 153.

Posted: Apr 22, 2019 at 14:04 Quote
harperrider wrote:
aaronofGROOVE wrote:
205x65

Has anyone tried putting a shock off a 165 onto the 153? Just curious.

Would like to know this too

Posted: Apr 24, 2019 at 5:00 Quote
Kona 153 is 205x60 so a 205x65 will fit but will be already 5mm into its travel

Posted: Apr 25, 2019 at 1:42 Quote
Bjh1980 wrote:
2018 Kona process165
Lyrik rc2 upgrade kit
Super deluxe rct
ox1 eagle drive train
Code rsc
Renthel carbon bar and renthel stem
Hope hubs
Spank vibracore wheels

Thats an awesome spec! any current pics of it?

Posted: Apr 30, 2019 at 0:00 Quote
Dont forget about the new 2019 lyrik debonair air spring. Well worth the money ($45ish)

Posted: Apr 30, 2019 at 1:56 Quote
Bjh1980 wrote:
Kona 153 is 205x60 so a 205x65 will fit but will be already 5mm into its travel

Or it would travel 5mm further at the end??

Posted: Apr 30, 2019 at 3:32 Quote
EliasFritzen wrote:
Bjh1980 wrote:
Kona 153 is 205x60 so a 205x65 will fit but will be already 5mm into its travel

Or it would travel 5mm further at the end??

It would yes.
The 205mm is the total length, fully extended. As this is identical, the bike's static/unweighted position is the same as before.
But as the stroke is longer, it will go further into it's travel.

Posted: Apr 30, 2019 at 14:46 Quote
SkipSkovhugger wrote:
EliasFritzen wrote:
Bjh1980 wrote:
Kona 153 is 205x60 so a 205x65 will fit but will be already 5mm into its travel

Or it would travel 5mm further at the end??

It would yes.
The 205mm is the total length, fully extended. As this is identical, the bike's static/unweighted position is the same as before.
But as the stroke is longer, it will go further into it's travel.

So if I put this 205x65 shock on my process 153 it would make it a process 165?? Are the frames the same? Anyone tried it for clearance?

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