My first impression of the 2020 Process 134 CR 29 and DL 27.5

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My first impression of the 2020 Process 134 CR 29 and DL 27.5
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Posted: Sep 25, 2019 at 7:32 Quote
I finally went to demo the new 2020 Process 134 29 and 27.5. Part of the reason why I wanted to do this was because I didn't like the last year 2019 Process 153 CR 29.
After riding the 2020 Process 134 CR 29 and DL 27.5 the bikes felt playful, accelerate quick, I was sold into them.

Then someone told me you should ride this 2020 Process 153 CR 29, so I did (partly because it had a DPX2 and wanted to see if it would behave differently).
The 2020 Process 153 CR 29 to me felt like a different bike to the 2019 Process 153 CR 29, in a good way. Maybe a bike setup thing, maybe Fox vs Rockshox suspension (typically I prefer Rockshox). After all they are identical bikes.

My impression of the 2020 Process 153 CR 29 is that it climbs just as well as the 2020 Process 134 CR 29, both bikes are equally playful but the 2020 Process 153 CR 29 outshines the 2020 Process 134 CR 29, because it can plow through the rock gardens easier, jumps, it allowed me to build speed and just keep going. Even climbing on the road it felt quicker to me than the 134, which is weird.

In my opinion I really don't why would someone buy a 2020 Process 134 when the 153's are better at trail riding, all mountain or all day epics. Logically some will say the 153's are not true enduro bikes partly because of the 66 degree head angle but that is totally fixable with an -2 degree angle set.

Posted: Oct 21, 2019 at 19:19 Quote
I was trying to figure this out as well. I decided that it was mostly about the feel of the suspension and the leverage curve. I figure the 153 will feel more like a monster truck with its long legs and soft linear suspension. The 134 I expect will feel more supported. Not sure what the right analogy is... like a rally car? I'm sure they both pedal well but I can imagine after a long day pedalling the 153 would probably feel cumbersome to get up and over a big root on a technical climb. I can imagine it sinking into the root but not popping you back up and over.

Having not ridden either, this is all supposition. That being said, I've decided to go for the 134. My fork is set at 150 and I am contemplating whether to drop it to 140 or just leave it. Thoughts? I already have a couple of longer travel bikes so I was thinking of going shorter on the front. On the other hand, the fork is a DVO diamond and it has limited ability to set up how progressive it is so maybe leave it a little longer as I blow through the travel pretty quick anyways?

Posted: Oct 27, 2019 at 14:09 Quote
PJSANAB wrote:
some will say the 153's are not true enduro bikes partly because of the 66 degree head angle but that is totally fixable with an -2 degree angle set.

You mean negative stem?

Posted: Oct 27, 2019 at 15:49 Quote
ninjanoir78 wrote:
PJSANAB wrote:
some will say the 153's are not true enduro bikes partly because of the 66 degree head angle but that is totally fixable with an -2 degree angle set.

You mean negative stem?

head angle from 66 to 64

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