Video: Kona Launches New Carbon Process 29er

Aug 7, 2018
by Kona Bikes  
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PRESS RELEASE: Kona Bikes

Last year we made waves with the Process G2 lineup. The 27.5" carbon bikes became a staple in many of our daily rides. Continuing on with the evolution of the Process lineup, we are thrilled to finally announce the carbon Process 29ers!

We’ve got two gorgeous builds for you to choose from. We’ve also upgraded the spec for many of the builds and lightened the frame weights on all aluminum G2 Process 153s. To celebrate the release of the new carbon 29" Process bikes we headed down under with Connor Fearon to the Maydena Bike Park in Tasmania, Australia and filmed him putting the all-new Process CR DL 29 through its paces on some truly epic trails in a truly incredible location.

Connor Fearon rides the all-new carbon Process 29

Connor Fearon rides the all-new carbon Process 29

Connor Fearon rides the all-new carbon Process 29

Connor Fearon rides the all-new carbon Process 29
Connor Fearon rides the all-new carbon Process 29

Connor Fearon rides the all-new carbon Process 29

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Connor Fearon rides the all-new carbon Process 29

Connor Fearon rides the all-new carbon Process 29

Connor Fearon rides the all-new carbon Process 29

Connor Fearon rides the all-new carbon Process 29

Connor Fearon rides the all-new carbon Process 29
Connor Fearon rides the all-new carbon Process 29

Connor Fearon rides the all-new carbon Process 29

Connor Fearon rides the all-new carbon Process 29

Connor Fearon rides the all-new carbon Process 29

Connor Fearon rides the all-new carbon Process 29

Connor Fearon rides the all-new carbon Process 29

Connor Fearon rides the all-new carbon Process 29

Connor Fearon rides the all-new carbon Process 29

Connor Fearon rides the all-new carbon Process 29

Connor Fearon rides the all-new carbon Process 29

Connor Fearon rides the all-new carbon Process 29

Connor Fearon rides the all-new carbon Process 29

Connor Fearon s all-new carbon Process 29

Kona Process CR DL 29

Process 153 CR/DL 29 US $5999 CAD $7999
The Process 153 CR/DL 29 is simply awesome. It's everything we've ever wanted in a trail bike. Our revered Process CR DL gets the wagon wheel treatment aboard WTB KOM Trail 29" rims. A RockShox Lyrik RC2 fork up front and Super Deluxe Debonair RCT shock in the back makes for the plushest of descents. You'll be moving fast, so we've added SRAM Code brakes for maximum stopping power. As cousin Eddie would say, "She's a beaut, Clark!"

Kona Process CR 29

Process 153 CR 29 US $4999 CAD $6299
New this year is the Process 153 CR 29. We've taken the amazing ride quality from our Process 29 and stiffened and shaved weight off the bike with our Kona DH carbon frame. With a 160mm RockShox Lyrik fork up front and a RockShox Super Deluxe RCT Debonair shock in the back the ride is buttery smooth. A SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain, Reverb Dropper and Guide R brakes round out this killer build.

Kona Process DL 29

Process 153 DL 29 US $3699 CAD $4799
The Process 153 DL 29 ups the ante in value and spec. Kona's lighter weight aluminum frame is equipped with a carbon rocker for strength and weight savings, a RockShox Yari 160mm Charger fork and Super Deluxe RC3 Debonair rear shock. Climb swiftly with SRAM's NX/GX Eagle drivetrain and stop with confidence with Guide brakes and a 200mm front rotor. The DL also arrives tubeless ready and with a dropper post.

Kona Process 29

Process 153 29 US $2999 CAD $3999
It's nice having that one bike you can just grab and go with no worries about how it will handle on the climb or descent. We've built the Process 153 29 to be affordable and handle everything a trail can throw at it, so you can spend more time having fun and no time worrying about your gear. This year, the frame sheds a few hundred grams of weight and features 160mm of front travel via a RockShox Yari fork, and 153mm of rear travel is provided by a Deluxe RT Debonair shock. SRAM NX 1x11 drivetrain, Guide T brakes, Maxxis tires and a dropper post round out the build.

Kona Process CR DL 27.5

Process 153 CR/DL 27.5 US $5999 CAD $7999
This is the bike built to withstand everything. From punishing EWS race days to party laps at the local trails, the Process 153 CR/DL 27.5 has racked up accolades for its incredible performance. Our Kona DH carbon is light and strong. RockShox suspension front and rear keeps the ride smooth. A SRAM X01 12 speed Eagle Drivetrain and Code RSC brakes are a perfectly balanced combo of pure shred and pure power.

Kona Process CR 27.5

Process 153 CR 27.5 US $4999 CAD $6299
In some of the best riding zones we've found, the ups are as fun as the downs. The carbon Process 153 CR 27.5 flies up the hill with efficiency, but it really dances when things point downhill. A RockShox Lyrik fork up front and 153mm of travel with a Super Deluxe RCT Debonair shock in the rear make for a super plush ride. A SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain and Guide R brakes round out this super sweet build.

Kona Process DL 27.5

Process 153 DL 27.5 US $3699 CAD $4799
We have a strong opinion about the Process 153 DL 27.5: It's badass. It ticks all the boxes. A durable, stiff and lighter aluminum frame is matched with a purpose-driven component selection including the RockShox Yari 160mm Charger fork, a RockShox Super Deluxe rear shock, SRAM GX Eagle, Guide 4-piston disc brakes, and a dropper post. It's the People's Process and we love it.

Kona Process 27.5

Process 153 27.5 US $2999 CAD $3999
If the world was ending and you needed one bike to rule them all, the Process 153 27.5 would be a solid choice. It's an awesome build in a wallet-friendly price. With 160mm of RockShox Yari travel up front and a Deluxe RT Debonair shock in the rear, the ride is plush and smooth. Well accompanied by SRAM Guide hydraulic disc brakes, a dropper post, and SRAM's NX drivetrain, the Process is one sweet build for the buck.

Kona Process165

Process 165 US $3999 CAD $5299
When your days consist of shuttle laps, park laps, and a solid amount of gravity-focused riding, the Process 165 is an excellent companion. But, in spite of its gravity roots, it's still capable of pedaling uphill with the help of a SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain and KS Lev dropper post. The real fun comes on the descents when full squish is provided by a 170mm RockShox Yari Charger fork, and a 165mm Super Deluxe coil rear shock.

Kona Process 153 SE

Process 153 SE US $2399 CAD $2999
The Process 153 SE is the bike that will go anywhere and do anything. It's a strong, durable bike wrapped in a stylish and super fun package! With 153mm of rear wheel travel, suspension by Suntour and RockShox, a SRAM NX 1x11 drivetrain, powerful Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and super grippy Maxxis Minion tires, this bike is the perfect exploration buddy at an affordable price!

Kona Process 134 SE

Process 134 SE US $2199 CAD $2899
The Process 134 SE is what we'd consider a bit of a classic bike. It's well-loved by both Kona and our customers so we're keeping it rolling. Affordability and durability make the 140mm travel Process 134 SE a special blend. It's got just enough travel to be stout enough to ride in a wide variety of terrain, while still having the playful snappy feel the Process line is known for.

About Kona:
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174 Comments

  • + 94
 That saddle is not aligned >:[
  • + 3
 spotted.
  • - 87
flag fecalmaster (Aug 7, 2018 at 1:04) (Below Threshold)
 Too many 29erds in one weeks, not reading, looking or thinking about the remote possibility of buying a kona, ever.
  • + 36
 left ball bigger than the right...
  • - 19
flag fecalmaster (Aug 7, 2018 at 1:20) (Below Threshold)
 That must be uncomfortable for you.
  • + 7
 @fecalmaster: We care.
  • + 7
 Asymmetrical nuts
  • + 2
 it's the pattern on the pants
  • + 5
 Agreed, one of the first things that stood out to me... that and what a handsome steed it is!
  • + 2
 @JuanHari: left produces, right stores
  • + 1
 Can I buy another Kona please hahaha
  • + 0
 hahahaha...... first thing i saw! and then i read your comment right at the top here! hilarious! :-)
  • + 43
 Where's the Process 111 already!?
  • + 7
 +1
  • - 14
flag JoeDick (Aug 7, 2018 at 6:09) (Below Threshold)
 it’s called a hei hei.
  • + 16
 @JoeDick: ok but it's ugly
  • + 5
 the hei hei has nowhere near the same geo that they were putting out 6 years ago
  • + 6
 @bridgermurray:

Size medium.

2015 Process 111 (because I own it)
120f/111r
Hta: 68°
Reach: 435mm
Sta: 74°
Wb: 1145mm

2018 Hei Hei
120f/100r
Hta: 68°
Reach: 430mm
Sta: 75°
Wb: 1126mm

I wouldn't say they are no where near one a other. But one is definitely a little more XC.
  • + 2
 @FLATLlNE: Almost an inch more wheelbase - yep, not a huge difference. But around here, most of us ride the 111 with the Pike pushed out to 140, further emphasizing the up-for-anything character of the bike. I rode the Hei Hei -nice bike, but not nearly as stout, the difference feels more pronounced than the smallish geometry differences would suggest. Then again, I'm a bit of a Clydesdale (weigh 225#), so the stouter frame of the 111 perhaps just makes me feel more at ease. I wish the STA were a bit steeper, especially with the taller fork - I've got my seat slammed forward as far as I can and got a longer seat (Ergon) so I can scoot forward an extra little bit.
  • + 10
 i had a 111 and i currently have a 153 al dl and my girlfriend has a hei hei hei. sure they are not the same bikes. i liked the 111 but even with the added weight the 153 climbs better then the 111. less bob, better seat angle. through the weight makes an appearance during longer days out. it’s a beast of a bike all around. a solid improvement over the older generation.

the hei hei is a weapon on the longer rides. run a 140 fork and it’s perfect for 90% of the riding i do. i guess that was my point. 12 down votes. you guys are touchy after the long weekend.
  • + 2
 @g-42: have you added an offset bushing to get a small gain in STA?

And I agree totally. The 111 is much more stout. Similar geo (ish) but very different bikes. I run mine at 130 now, but prefer it at 120 I think.

No bike with 150-160mm travel is going to be as snappy at a bike with 111mm travel - regardless of efficiency. Or at least, that is my opinion. I will stick with the 111 over the newer Process bikes. It's a great bike for the relatively low tech trails in Ontario.

Travel elsewhere, I have a bike much closer to your 153 Smile

Hei Hei is a great bike also. My girlfriend owns the army green Hei Hei Trail from this year.
  • + 1
 @FLATLlNE:

Stuck a 2* works headset and a130mm fork in my 111 and it seemed just about right. I also swapped to a 40mm offset CSU and it was a game changer for the bikes handling (for me). Wife also has a 17 hei hei 29DL carbon and prefers it over her old 134. Shes more of an XC rider though.

Eventually they'll make something similar to the 111 again. Everyone else is.
  • + 2
 @ATXZJ: I sort of baffles me that have left a gap there when they were the ones to really come to market with it early on and drive the craze!

Honestly, I think I like the 68-67.5° hta (pending 120-130) that my bike was made with. It's just so responsive. I just love the bike Smile
  • + 1
 @FLATLlNE: yeah i guess your right. I think I was thinking the head angel was 67 becuase most people run 140 on them. Anyway this is a stretch but id say relative to the time they were made, the 111 is far more of a progressive bike than the hei hei
  • + 1
 @bridgermurray: totally agree!
  • + 37
 Five grand it it comes with NX cranks!?! And Guide R?

They bought the whole SRAM package from nose to tail and we can’t even get GX cranks? At least we still get a GX cassette and they didn’t cheap out there.

These bike companies are screwing us on OEM spec.

At least the Aefect cranks that companies are sneaking on to 5k bikes don’t scream “cheap” when you look at them. (They do weigh like 4.5 lbs. still less than the NX at least)
  • + 15
 Classic kona... Beautiful bike, well designed and absurdly overpriced.
  • + 26
 My wife rides a 134 DL. I have a 153 DL. Both bikes have been excellent for multiple years now. Both of these bikes have given us hours and hours of enjoyment at a budget price. They have taken us all over the country to the tops of mountains and to the top of a podium. I purchased mine first after demoing several bikes. I chose mine over several other bikes that cost two to three times the amount. The Kona rode as good or better than any of the higher-priced bikes. I am on my third season with my 153. This bike rides as good or better than any I have owned in over 25 years. Thanks for all the great times Kona.
  • + 9
 It's good then?
  • + 3
 Still loving my 111. Lots of friends who're very happy with their Process bikes as well, whether 112, 134, or 153. The damn things are just so well rounded.
  • + 2
 The good days are over for Kona. Say goodbye to value
  • + 4
 @mollow: Bikes are still good, value, not so good.
  • + 2
 @cdmbmw: thanks for repeating once again, pb user of the month contender
  • + 2
 @cdmbmw: I would say more like great. I did not buy complete bikes nor do I ever. I always purchase simply a frame in cherry pick my components. I 153 DL frame cost $800 with lifetime warranty. The 134 DL cost $850 with lifetime warranty frame. My wifes 134 DL won the woman's East Coast Triple Crown Enduro Series last year. Not too bad for an $850 bicycle frame.
  • + 26
 Connor Fearon IS Wolverine.
  • + 2
 ... Haha... I was think either that or Jeff Kabush...
  • + 23
 Connor has amazing bike handling skills, some of those corners made my eyes water
  • + 10
 All the pros are amazing, but there are a few whose style just shines through. He's one of them, for sure.
  • - 12
flag mollow (Aug 7, 2018 at 10:55) (Below Threshold)
 @g-42: that was a painfully useless comment. I'll try to top you off...
  • + 1
 @mollow: Your comment was clearly more useful
  • + 1
 @g-42: Good combo of proven speed and sweet style.
  • + 19
 To save you the agony of the tech vid.... Kona Process 153 CR 29 425mm alu chainstays Carbon triangle, rocker and seat stays 65deg HA withremovable cups allowing angle set
  • + 6
 Head angle is 66°
  • + 7
 Wish I had've seen this comment before I wasted 3 minutes of my life...
  • - 2
 @Kiwi19: I wish it was a bit slacker. 65 would be ideal.
  • + 0
 @gpgalanis: you can make it 65 if you want
  • - 2
 @gpgalanis:
I've implemented a 2mm-offset bushing in the shock's eyelet. This transformed it to the real beast. Head angle now about 65° and lowered BB which gives you a great in the bike feeling. What I'm most impressed however, is how well this heavy beast still goes in climbing mode, even though the STA is slightly slacker.
  • + 1
 @Hiderspider:
What size is the shock hardware on the process?
  • + 1
 @garretts:
12.7/8 x 30.0 mm
  • + 1
 Sorry. I was suffering parapraxia while riding this Smile
@Kiwi19:
  • + 11
 Ok I’ve talked crap on Kona not too long ago but I’m going to admit that this looks like a really sweet rig. My foot is in my mouth and for me, they’ve redeemed themselves. Really like this bike. Would love to ride one.
  • + 5
 Liking the direction the 19s are headed! Carbon 29 frame looks killer and they also nailed the colors. Speaking of colors, the lower level process 29s look much better than the 18s. Its also good to see an "upgraded" shock offered on the DL as well as carbon rocker. Now, for the love of gawd, please give us more frame only options. Build kits are still underwhelming for the price and too difficult to part out to try and get some of your money back.
  • + 11
 I think this might be my first official whine on Pinkbike, maybe I am getting old.

I currently own a Process 153DL and an Operator. Bought both together in 2014. I went all in on Kona. The Operator is a little small (wish they made an XL for tall folk like me) and runs on heritage wheels, but Kona replaced the frame under warranty with little or no fuss, and I like the way it rides generally. The Process is amazing. Have ridden that bike everywhere, and it keeps on going great. Was going to replace it this year, but haven't really had a reason to. This probably would have been a good reason - have been thinking about moving to 29" wheels.

A good part of the reason I went all in on Kona was that the two bikes together were a screaming deal. The Operator was a Carbon DH bike for about CAD$4k, and the Process came with great spec for less than CAD$5k. Throw in a bit of a deal since I bought them both from the same shop at the same time toward the end of the season, and I couldn't NOT buy them.

So this is a bit of a bummer. Entry point for the Carbon 29er at more than $6k and featuring NX, GX and Guide R's. So then I look at the alloy build (I am not fussy about what my bike is made of) and for nearly $5k you get a Yari (and mostly low-ish spec everything else). Calling out that it comes with a dropper post is not exactly getting me pumped.

I assume that Kona is attempting to price their builds reasonably in order to try and be competitive, and not attempting to gouge their customers so they can retire on their super yachts. So what is going on?

Comparing with other brands (both traditional and consumer direct) they seem to have gone from great value to terrible value in the span of 3 years.

Genuinely curious, because it would have been pretty easy to convince me to at least demo one of these, but I am probably not going to bother based on these specs/prices.
  • + 2
 $3100 for a 80/20 carbon aluminum frame seems pretty steep for a kona when you can get a hightower LT frame for same price. The quality/finish between the two isnt even close.

On the brightside, most of these new models are gathering dust in shops and are being discounted pretty heavily. Ive been getting quotes on 2018s for 25-30% off MSRP.
  • + 1
 The alloy versions of the Process G2 look weird compared to the carbon version. The diagonal tube has a weird shape
  • + 4
 Couldn't agree more. I've also been riding an OG Process DL for years and have had no reason to replace it, at least nothing beyond the usual consumerist impulses. And that bike was a great deal. It was the kind of spec that had thought put into each component and how to extract the most useful value across the board. It went beyond "let's see what's the cheapest full kit we can get from the fellas at SRAM."

Kona has been really good to me over the years and I really want to be excited about these bikes. But, like you said, the value seems to have gone away. It's really disappointing and, as much as I'd like my next bike to be another Process, I very much doubt it will be.
  • + 0
 Agreed, Process 134 owner here. I had to go WTF Kona when I saw this:

Al Canyon Spectral 6.0 - $2.4k, comes with Pike RC
Al Kona Process 153 - $3.7k, comes with Yari Charger RC

What is the $1.3k difference, really? LBS support?

I know the Pike and Yari chassis are not exactly the same, but still. Pikes are not cheap, yet it is 42% of the cost of the Spectral.
  • + 9
 Hey Kona and every other brand out there. Don’t hire Connor for promo videos anymore, his cornering is so out of this world, watching him drawing lines with his tyres is so hypnotizing and leading to ecstatic grunts,, that I could not give a flying damn whether he rides Procession 29er, NS Snabb or AliExpress S-Worx replica. Connor, you’re too good, you are Jesus of cornering, we’re unworthy, please don’t stop.
  • + 14
 27.5 ain't dead!
  • - 2
 Give it a few more model years.
  • + 11
 I want alu with high spec parts.. why dont companies offer this. I dont care to spend 1k on 1lb of frame weight.
  • + 2
 Look at Commencal. Great value for Canadians too.
  • + 1
 @cdel: I own a commencal and do love it but more options when I look for a new bike would be nice. Commencal is the only company I know of with nicely spec'd aluminum bikes.
  • + 1
 @inverted180: same here. Agreed though - having more options is always better!
  • + 3
 Guerilla Gravity lets you spec your bike with whatever parts you want.
  • + 9
 OMG Pinkbike keyboard shredders.... IT FEETS A FREEKING WATTER BOTTLE WOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW IT'S AMAZIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIING !!!!! hahahahahaha Smile
  • + 2
 Well, so did the last one. Just ended up giving you worms if you actually used it.
  • + 3
 And maybe I should learn how to right again......... "FITS" :/
  • + 1
 @yoannbarelli: Fisting is already over the edge for me, but feeting...
  • + 3
 And to "Write" again... WTF hahahahahaha
  • + 1
 @yoannbarelli: just don’t do that with your lines on race runs Big Grin all the best!
  • + 1
 @yoannbarelli: don’t worry about the spelling. It came across to me as an angry Italian accent! \../ which made it much better. Shred on!
  • + 8
 I had the pleasure of riding this bike at the Kona Launch In Squamish last week. All I can say is... HOLY SHIT what a machine!! All the negative comments on here are completely uninformed and just like, your opinion, man.
  • + 0
 @Somethingwith69or13init You could say “holy shit” about a lot of new bikes out there and if your at the launch then your a . . . . . . . Rep.
  • + 5
 @MX298: Yeah, a...... Rep for good times.
  • + 11
 Damn Connor can ride!
  • + 6
 In the beginning I didn´t like their new, rounded design language, but in addition with those fancy colors I quite like it. Also Connors cornering.. damn his name just fits. Pricing is kinda over the moon as expected. But the real interesting thing here, is Rockshox bringing out a Yari with Charger damper? Why would RS make the differences between their models even blurrier? Lyrik-Yari and Pike-Revelation is more than enough for "budget" and "high-end" minded people alike. Or does Kona buy the Yari and fits the Upgrade kit in there? Sounds just a little weird to me.
  • + 2
 They have the RC2 damper now. So they will probably bring the Charger to their lower-end models, like Fox did with their Grip damper.
  • + 2
 Nice spotting, Yari+Charger could be a winner
  • + 7
 Is it possible to get a Process without any Sram components on it? I've been trying to find some even second hand, but there would be a lot of throwing away needed.
  • + 4
 Yes please! I hate that 90% of new bikes you gotta throw away half of it
  • + 8
 Apparently Evil has heard about these complaints and is launching a "no sram" build of all their bikes. About time. More brands should follow.
  • + 7
 Promo vid was amazing! Music that didn’t get in the way, a nice blend of shots, and the rider and trail were dialed!

Holy cow do they have enough models?!?
  • + 7
 Short travel carbon 29er, por favor. Maybe we could call it a 111, or something like that.
  • + 6
 @konaworld Can you please make a frame only option easy to purchase. All the competition do.
  • + 1
 i'm pretty sure it is an option
  • + 2
 @shmeef45:
Not in UK, I asked.
  • + 2
 Good looking, but even better looking without the seasons trend-coloring. Whats it even called, Sandbox-Brown? Dust-Almond or Dirt-Stained? Some coloring courage would be great for next years bikes...
  • - 1
 Go to Knolly or Production Privee for that.
  • + 1
 Raw is raw
  • + 1
 People complained when brands did color, so brands stopped with the color.. Can't please everyone
  • + 1
 Beige is beige
  • + 0
 Shit is Brown
  • + 1
 I did a black one once when I was a kid.... After I ate a whole lot of liquorice...
  • + 1
 The new Process 29er carbon will surprise a lot of people this year. Bottom line...IT WORKS! And it works very well. Well balanced, nimble, quick, predictable, and very stable. You will be questioning yourselves..."Is this really a 29er?" Try one out. You will be pleasantly surprised!
  • + 5
 The DL has a "Yari Charger" fork. So...isn't that a Lyrik?
  • + 1
 i saw the "yari charger" in the manual the other night when i was installing an RC charger2 damper in my current yari and thought the same thing, but its not the charger2 damper. its a self purging damper like fox's grip

page 13
www.sram.com/sites/default/files/techdocs/gen.0000000005684_service_manual_2019_lyrik_yari_english_rev_b.pdf
  • + 1
 @sennaster: So is it the Charger 1 damper, the same damper as the Pikes prior to 2018?
  • + 3
 @Loche: no. there's no bladder. that 2019 service manual shows a spring/ifp and self-bleeding port, just like a grip damper
  • + 1
 @sennaster: Yes, page 13. So it's an RC Charger RC (IFP) Debonair. Not complaining, as I like Grip and Evol. Now all the bike needs are 157mm hub spacing, 2.6" tires, and a 42mm offset fork, and it will be modern until at least the beginning of the 2019 calendar year.
  • + 3
 I think the bike is beautiful, but I just prefer the old frame style (2015-2017) but maybe I’m just partial because I still ride a 167 ????
  • + 3
 That's the bike I need right there 153 dl 29, I'm selling a kidney ! And Connor is a mint rider, I'd like to see him win a world cup.
  • + 2
 been looking forward to this bike. come with a 2.3 rear tire, wonder if you can fit a 2.5 back there. none the less I'm getting one!
  • + 3
 When should we expect a First Ride Review? Been waiting on this bike for years!
  • + 3
 What type of single pivot is this? Curious why they don't adopt a Horst link.
  • + 3
 Lets hope this model can break the 35lb mark... (or below)
The dry weight of my current AL/DL 29 tips the scales at 36.4lb
  • + 2
 "Kona's lighter weight aluminum frame is equipped with a carbon rocker for strength and weight savings."
No. You just didn't bother making an Alu and a Carbon rocker.
  • + 3
 I freakin love my Process 165. If your considering a Process, do it, you won't be disapointed.
  • + 2
 Isnt it a bit too beefy? How is it uphill compared to others? I loved the process163 its one of my favourite bikes ever...
  • + 3
 @Downdahill:
I'm overweight and unfit. With the eagle drivetrain it gets me up all but the steepest climbs.

It is not a tech climber by any stretch of the imagination. My other bike is a Knolly Warden, which climbs infinitely better.

The 165 is beefy. Its got a bit of weight, however, with Cane Creek and the like releasing trunnion mounts wont be long before Im saving a few grams and adding climb assist features.

Is it the ultimate bike? No.
Can I ride it all day and end with a big smile on my face? F@#k yeah I can.

The 165 is a 'n+1' bike for those of us lucky enough to have the luxury.
The Process suspension platform is epic though, coule imagine a 29er version being truly awesome.
  • + 7
 @OzMike: You know, watching this video I realized that most bikes aren't the ultimate bike, most mountain bikes past $2k are more than good enough though. I could ride any number of brands and types of bikes and I would be happy and have fun. People complain about geo and spec and water bottles but really we're spoiled and living in epic times where performance is concerned across brands, travel, and price points.
  • + 5
 Those trails tho!
  • + 2
 Maydena - unreal - was there in March, so good!
  • + 0
 This bike is probably one of the best 150mm travel bikes on the market. It climbs really well and descends like no other. The che carbon frame makes for a light, stiff but dampen feel. Rode this bike all last week and was super impressed. Plan to get one ASAP.
  • + 2
 I've always had a soft spot for Kona and this bike is sexy. I'd definitely consider it.
  • + 3
 29ers are slow, don't handle well, can't jump ... clearly that's all CGI
  • + 1
 Maydena! Best place I’ve ridden, not at the same level as Conner though Frown steep and techy and some awesome flow trails... Process looks pretty good too
  • + 2
 What I like is that it looks like a Kona.... which for the record is what a session looks like.
  • + 4
 Beige is the new black
  • + 3
 Sick bike sick rider sick trails - did I say it was sick?
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 the colours have a classic look to them, never in or out of style.
the white/pearl finish is cool imo
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 best vid in a long long time !! feeling inspired 8888
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 i wonder if anyone has tried a horst lnk style retrofit from a norco or something like that yet. should greatly improve performance!
  • + 3
 Can you please comment on the performance of the sausage link? I don’t know about other links but I can advise eating the sausage link(s). They are good. And advised.
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 @IamTheDogEzra: It's the würst.
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 @konaworld , that is a sick bike! Please make it as a frameset!!
  • + 1
 Awesome looking bike! Love watching Connor rip! His home trails look amazing
  • + 1
 What is the fork offset for the Lyrik RC2 spec'd on this bike, 42mm or 51mm?
  • + 1
 Wake me up when there's a Process 111 replacement. That's the one that appeals to the most people.
  • + 2
 I've always loved the Trek Slash but this may be the best version yet!
  • + 1
 Prefer the frame layout of the bottom two bikes. They look a bit different. The others look like any other bike.
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 Is that a Guinness Foam paint job I see?
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 I have to be honest, that is a hot looking bike. Well done @konaworld
  • + 1
 Aluminum chainstays for better durability? hmmmmmmm, I thought carbon was better in every way
  • + 1
 I want that old school 153 SE. $2399 sounds like a good price, but parts spec?
  • + 3
 YEAHHHHH CONNOR!
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 Looks like a..........Slash
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 Oh...never mind. The 2018 is $2199?
  • + 0
 It's powerful like a gorilla but soft and yielding like a nerf ball...
youtu.be/Pw9gaEiQAxY

Looks a bit like the Homer as well.
  • + 1
 I had to stop watching the hub noise was driving me nuts
  • + 1
 What a video and sweet looking bike. Frame only would be a huge bennie
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 I'll be the guy to say "167 for life man..."!
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 I wonder how the process 29ers pedal?
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 Unfortunately, they don't - they still expect the rider to do that...
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 better than the old 153 or 111 for that matter

seat tube angle is steeper & it really helps, still use the lockout for long climbs, but its been an improvement on my old process
  • + 1
 Damn. Now I have to start thinking about new bikes again.
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 It that the wheel or the frame flexing so much at 1:01?
  • + 1
 This is what the 2025 Trance will look like
  • + 1
 These desert colors tire me
  • + 1
 Dude's got skill and style!
  • + 1
 Didnt @Evil also drop a new bike..?
  • + 1
 Being Canadian really does suck sometimes $$$$$$$$
  • + 5
 Not when you get sick. Trade yaWink
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 Did they mention anywhere what the expected weights are supposed to be?
  • + 1
 Kona does not suck, but carbon does; remind it.
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 Great rims, those Diablo XL's!
  • + 1
 awesome bike... it will weigh a ton though, being a Kona
  • + 1
 Looks like a... slash
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 The seat tube angle is almost parallel to the head tube...
  • + 1
 nice looking bikes!
  • - 2
 Guide brakes have no place on a long travel bike, give us codes. Also full GX and a lyric RC for 4k even on the DL would be much more compelling.
  • + 2
 My 2016 Aurum C7.2 came with guides and I have no issue using them all day long at the bike park.
  • + 1
 truly spiritual
  • + 0
 Alan Watts, the stoner’s philosopher, quite fitting Kona.
  • + 2
 He's also featured on the previous Yob album.
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 I can't be the only one thinking, "It'd be nice if he wore a full face."
  • + 1
 Yes
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 they somehow end up looking like a session
  • + 1
 Process 165 looks bangin
  • + 1
 Connor Fearon...wow
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