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Posted: Jan 3, 2020 at 20:36 Quote
Looks like a great build! Hope the weather dries out soon.

Posted: Jan 4, 2020 at 22:24 Quote
It was dry when I got up before work so I got an hour and a half in on the 134. This is my first full sus 29er. As well as my longest reach bike. I'd have to describe the ride as comfortable and composed. Pedaling is brilliant. Efficient and supported. Descending is confident. I wouldn't call it plush. It is composed in the air and very stable in corners. It was very slippery out and even when sliding in corners on greasy mud at speed it was stable and kept its line.

My only gripe is that it was harder to get it to swing around tight stuff quickly, which was expected. There is a series of four tight switchbacks that I can usually swing through with a lot of speed but I found myself having to slow myself down to make the last two. Also, it is hard to get into a manual.

Someone once said on here that anyone who ever got a "modern fitting" bike, would never want to ride their other bikes. This bike is very comfortable, climbs great, is stable at speed and corners amazingly at speed but it feels more like you are on a ride than riding it. My other bikes manual easily, they are snappy and you can make them do whatever you want. This one rides best when you keep your weight centred between the wheels. Also fun but a different experience.

Great Bike and will be an amazing all day rider.

Posted: Feb 26, 2020 at 13:43 Quote
Build is almost done! Hopefully be riding it later this afternoon if not tomorrow.

Kona Process 134 Build photo DVO suspension enve wheels axs hope brakes one up edc dropper bar and chromag touch points

Posted: Feb 26, 2020 at 21:36 Quote
bgoodis wrote:
Build is almost done! Hopefully be riding it later this afternoon if not tomorrow.

Kona Process 134 Build photo DVO suspension enve wheels axs hope brakes one up edc dropper bar and chromag touch points

Holy shit, that thing is looking sick. Nicely done.

Posted: Feb 28, 2020 at 7:00 Quote
rahrider wrote:
bgoodis wrote:
Build is almost done! Hopefully be riding it later this afternoon if not tomorrow.

Kona Process 134 Build photo DVO suspension enve wheels axs hope brakes one up edc dropper bar and chromag touch points

Holy shit, that thing is looking sick. Nicely done.

That’s a nice looking bike too!

Posted: Mar 1, 2020 at 18:32 Quote
rahrider wrote:
It was dry when I got up before work so I got an hour and a half in on the 134. This is my first full sus 29er. As well as my longest reach bike. I'd have to describe the ride as comfortable and composed. Pedaling is brilliant. Efficient and supported. Descending is confident. I wouldn't call it plush. It is composed in the air and very stable in corners. It was very slippery out and even when sliding in corners on greasy mud at speed it was stable and kept its line.

My only gripe is that it was harder to get it to swing around tight stuff quickly, which was expected. There is a series of four tight switchbacks that I can usually swing through with a lot of speed but I found myself having to slow myself down to make the last two. Also, it is hard to get into a manual.

Someone once said on here that anyone who ever got a "modern fitting" bike, would never want to ride their other bikes. This bike is very comfortable, climbs great, is stable at speed and corners amazingly at speed but it feels more like you are on a ride than riding it. My other bikes manual easily, they are snappy and you can make them do whatever you want. This one rides best when you keep your weight centred between the wheels. Also fun but a different experience.

Great Bike and will be an amazing all day rider.

Which models are your other bikes ?

Posted: Mar 1, 2020 at 20:29 Quote
Staktup wrote:
rahrider wrote:

Great Bike and will be an amazing all day rider.

Which models are your other bikes ?

I have a bit of a bicycle problem:
Knolly Warden Carbon Mullet in XL
Evil Insurgent in L
Lynskey Bootleg in L
Surley Karate Monkey single speed rigid

Sufficed to say, I am used to a shorter wheelbase and shorter reach. I thought about getting a L Process but the ETT was way too short and the stack way to low; it would have been awkward. The XL is a good size and feels right.

Posted: Apr 11, 2020 at 22:40 Quote
Anyone else finding their 134 to be flexy? I took it out for the first time on some honest bc black diamonds and double Black's. Definitely not confidence inspiring. What are other's thoughts?

Posted: Apr 29, 2020 at 15:00 Quote
rahrider wrote:
Anyone else finding their 134 to be flexy? I took it out for the first time on some honest bc black diamonds and double Black's. Definitely not confidence inspiring. What are other's thoughts?

No I find mine to very stiff. Could be the DVO + Wheels though.

Posted: May 2, 2020 at 21:27 Quote
Fixed the flex issue. Tightened all the linkage bolts and cranked the rear axle to the suggested 20Nm. Also ditched the Oval chairing - it seemed to make the bike pedal like mush - activated the suspension too much for some reason I think. In any case, still not the stiffest bike I own but it feels much better.

Posted: Sep 21, 2020 at 9:09 Quote
anyone move up to a 150mm fork?

getting custom tuned coil suspension done by avalanche for this bike. not happy with the fox dpx2 in this frame. no support in the beginning of the stroke, makes the bike pedal like crap in the open setting. fox34 performance isnt terrible but i'm thinking a proper coil setup will push this bike from being an excellent all-rounder to a full charging machine.

just wondering if anyone has gone to a 150 fork? how does it impact climbing/steering? If you did go to 150, did you change the offset from the 51mm that is standard?

Posted: Sep 21, 2020 at 21:32 Quote
Rode it with standard offset at 150. Felt great. Couldn't imagine running it at 140. Climbing was fine. Bb was still low. Rode great!

Posted: Oct 15, 2020 at 19:43 Quote
What’s everyone’s feedback on how the 134 is climbing. Is it an efficient climbing bike that’s one of my main concerns

Posted: Oct 16, 2020 at 7:54 Quote
134 climbs very well but it could be better than it is out of the box. the dpx2 sucks in this bike - no support in the early stroke so more bobbing that necessary. you'll also likely need to drop a few headtube spacers to get body positioning correct for climbing, else front end will be too loose. this is true for many bikes. last thing, i'd recommend something other than the dhf rear tire for climbing grip. dhr II has much better grip, might even be beneficial to go to a 2.4.

Posted: Dec 1, 2020 at 8:45 Quote
Does the short chainstay create more tire to butt contact then the more traditional lengths for 29ers?


 
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