Has anyone ridden Kona Process 153? 27.5 vs 29

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Has anyone ridden Kona Process 153? 27.5 vs 29
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Posted: Sep 18, 2019 at 3:02 Quote

has someone tried the 2019/2020 Kona process 153 in both wheel sizes? Which size suits bike's geo better?


Posted: Sep 19, 2019 at 12:16 Quote
I have the 2019 Process AL in 27.5 format and even though I can't comment on the 29 version, the 27.5 setup seems to suit the bike perfectly from my perspective. The geometry of this bike inspires confidence on the steep downhills but still manages to be pretty decent to pedal uphill. It jumps well, rips down trails and the 6" travel provided by the Yari fork is plenty for everything I've done on it so far, including steep DH trails with some sketchy drops and jumps. I became acquainted with this bike when I hired the carbon version in Nanaimo earlier this summer. I liked it so much that when I got home I bought the AL version (as my wallet won't stretch to the CR price!). The 27.5" wheels are more forgiving than 26", but nimbler than 29s, and give the bike a sure footedness that has not let me down so far anyway. Horses for courses I guess, and just a matter of personal preference. Sorry if all of that seems pretty obvious, but I can't really offer a comparison, just my experience of the setup I bought.

Posted: Sep 20, 2019 at 0:44 Quote
No thank you, any information is good!

Posted: Sep 22, 2019 at 9:18 Quote
I haven't ridden the 650b version but have rented and demoed the 29er a number of times. Most playful, agile long travel (or mid travel) 29er I've ridden. More agile handling than many 27.5 bikes I've ridden.

It stands to reason that the 27.5 version would be even more agile however the 29er is so quick handling and so playful that unless you're on the shorter side I don't see a reason to give up the rollover and momentum the 29 gives.

I look forward to riding the new 134.

Posted: Sep 22, 2019 at 23:07 Quote
cool, probably the short chainstay makes it nimble. i also read somewhere that 29 version makes u feel more in bike, instead of on top.

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