'Processing' the French Alps with Big Mountain Descents

Nov 22, 2017
by Kona Bikes  
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Ah, the French Alps. The land of good cheese and great wine. It also happens to be home to two high alpine bike parks that are the perfect proving ground for the all-new Kona Process. This past September, Kona Super Grassroots riders Jordan Regnier and Alexander Kangas ventured to Tignes and Val D' Isere bike parks where lift tickets are free (no joke) and caught the perfect weather and autumn light making for gorgeous, and rather treacherous big mountain descents.

Regnier's weapon of choice is the Process 165, the perfect bike park, all around ass-kicking machine, while Kangas opted for the Process 153 AL/DL 29er, reminding us that big wheels love big descents.


Process getting after it in Val d Isere

Reginer aboard the Process 165

Reginer aboard the Process 165

Reginer on the Process 165

Kangas aboard the Process 153 AL DL 29er


Reginer aboard the Process 165

Jordan rides the Process 165

Jordan Regnier

Alexander Kangas


The Process line features seven new models that progress our goal to build a bike that not only descends confidently but also climbs exceptionally well. Be sure to check out the full Innovation story for complete details. The Process is available in carbon and aluminum and both 27.5 and 29" wheels, ensuring a bike for every rider and a bike for every budget.

Video: Joonas Vinnari
Photos: Caleb Smith



61 Comments

  • + 22
 There's been a lot of talk about sexism in bike media so I just wanted to say that Jordan looks super hot and capable. What a stud, I were only a woman or gay... mnom. Don't blame me for objectifying him but it was the music that turned me on.
  • + 0
 But then you are WAKI :-)
  • + 0
 Waki, I honestly don’t know what it is that you drink or smoke... But whatever it is, that cause he synapses in your brain to fire the way they do makes us all smile. You sir are one in a million. Glad you’re here.
  • + 4
 @fattyheadshok: the problem is: nothing. I am starting to get desperate for getting weed and DMT. As a parent of 2 kids and a husband of an anti drug nazi I am wondering how to take mind altering substances. I am getting craZy, I have to. Mushrooms are totally out of range, getting fkd up for a whole day is out of question. Help anyone?
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: yeah do it! Did that help?
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: Hang in there WAKI. You only have kids for a short time, something like 16-30 years, then it's all smelling like roses. Honest.
  • + 1
 @kkse: nah I just think that I can trip so hard without taking stuff that I'm curious what I am capable of with psychedelics. I think I may even leave the simulation... I'll wait for my family to leave for a week and I'll buy some root bark, caustic soda and nafta...
  • + 3
 @WAKIdesigns: The standard legal remedies apply. Until then, anonymous public sex and repeated viewings of The Seventh Continent, Benny's Video, and 71 Fragments (M. Haneke) should provide a modicum of dark solace. As you're too anal to pay for live treatment, the printed psychoanalytic theories of Freud, Lacan, and Tim Dean will be of no small use. Continuing to complain here means you're not serious.
  • + 2
 @ceecee this went so far that I can feel the gaze of the void
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: You need a new wife!
  • + 1
 @billreilly: quite frankly if I divorced I don't think I would ever consider any other form of relationship than Tinder... women are fun to be around. Sometimes. I bet there is this breed of cool girls that would make you hungry for being with them, I mean a right combination of man and a woman, but I just don't think I have any will left to look. I mean... I just think about my kids. Should I try to show them a successful relationship since this one is boring shit? I can't put myself together for most of the time, so how can I put together two people? As a single child whose parents were paranoid to not spoil him, I think I just enjoy loneliness.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: i think I may be with you on this one
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Dude, I'm serious... zazen!
  • + 18
 Took me a second to process this. Finnaly, some video music that does not sound like it was made by teeny boppers wearing skinny jeans from old navy.
  • + 9
 Music by grassers that smoked up until they were having in depth conversations with their dogs. "Dragonaut" by Sleep.
  • + 4
 Yes! Finally a bike video I can riff along to. Drop C?
  • + 3
 Too me an hour to process the free lift tickets.... I'm still processing.... hmmm..... how.... does..... wait.... umm...
  • - 6
flag brodoyouevenbike (Nov 22, 2017 at 6:39) (Below Threshold)
 @scott-townes: It was the only way to get people to actually go to France I guess
  • + 15
 @brodoyouevenbike: if you're wondering why Germany is like a ghost town in summer, it's because all your mates and family are here. Is the place run by bots in July and August?
  • + 17
 @BenPea: The Germans do seem to love to invade France...
  • + 0
 @BenPea: you think Germans invade France, you should try New Zealand,during summer it feels like there are more germans than kiwis here
  • + 1
 @walshywalt: at least they have taste...
  • + 3
 @patrick2cents: Normally Germans invade Holland and the Dutch on their part then invade Belgium Smile

We Belgians are everywhere, but we are to modest to be spotted...
  • + 6
 We did a week in Tignes this summer and it's absolutely brilliant, very exposed as most of the trails are above the tree line but they have worked very hard on the park in the last few years and it is great fun to ride there. We were lucky enough to have perfect weather which definitely helped, the trails seemed to be pretty much empty too which was nice. Oh and yes, the lifts are free, there are plenty of them and they flow very well. It's well worth a trip!
  • + 6
 I spent two weeks in Tignes this summer, free lifts and much less busy than Morzine, i'll be returning, not far from Les Arcs too
  • + 3
 I rode there for almost a week in 2014, best place to ride in the french alps for sure, it's more natural terrain and enduro stuff than manmade bikepark stuff. It's true that it's free, aslong as you're a tourist, you get access to all regular activities and lifts for free! I'd return there anytime!
  • + 6
 their paint scheme on this new Process does not do justice to the beauty of the frame.
  • + 2
 great visuals and good choice of music. Looks like I know my where my next trip in spring is gonna be. Too bad I cant testride the new carbon process, since my local kona dealer is sh*t.
  • + 5
 +1000 for using Sleep's Dragonaut!
  • + 5
 This is a rad video.
  • + 5
 Very Nice video!!
  • + 1
 Looking over the new process info. Thank $Diety! They offer something other than that sick teal blue color! Awful to look at.
  • + 1
 I was lucky enough to ride the non DL carbon 153 this summer. Awesome bike that is a beaut in black and orange.
  • + 3
 It's actually free??
  • + 3
 yep, you have to get a lift pass but they don't charge for them, we did a week there this summer and its absolutely brilliant!
  • + 6
 In summer yes, you have a free ticket for chairlifts, swimming pool and all other stuff.
  • + 2
 Telluride here in the states is free too! Lift assist and all
  • + 1
 That 167 looks pretty mean... I would have liked to see the CR/DL in the vid tho Smile
  • + 2
 Telluride also has a free lift.
  • + 2
 Fuck yeah they do!
  • - 2
 Don't get too excited about the "free", the rumour is that's over, next year it's a paying resort. Probably only be €20 a day though, like everywhere else in France in summer. Also, they've done a good job of making it look way better than it is! There's no doubt the scenery in Tignes is banging but I find the riding sooo poor. The natural stuff nearby (outside of resort), or in Les Arcs/La Thuile/Meribel is so much better. Horses for courses though - we all like different stuff Smile
  • + 2
 Love my Kona's, I'll be adding the new process to the stable. Stoked!
  • + 1
 Many reviewers from different bike sites said to be excited about the 153 29 but curiously enough none review it.
  • + 1
 That made Kona cool again for me.
  • + 1
 Do you guys know the name of the song?
  • + 3
 Dragonaut by Sleep. Go listen to them now!
  • + 1
 @ScandiumRider: Thankyou, I was just about to ask too. Someone was listening to the third Black Sabbath album.
  • + 1
 Libertè, egalitè, fraternitè!
  • + 2
 Or, as some graffiti shown in a recent foody/travel show reads, in slow camera pan: liberté...egalité...Beyoncé.
  • + 1
 that's one of the best trail segments i've seen in a while
  • + 1
 Sick bike bro
  • + 1
 Free.99!?
  • + 17
 Yeah baby, the real land of the free.
  • + 1
 @BenPea: sans blagues!?
  • + 1
 @brassinne: kinda...
  • + 1
 @BenPea: T'inquiètes pas, je comprends. J'suis belge et je me suis jamais senti "libre" aux États-Unis.
  • + 1
 @brassinne: je comprends bien, j'ai l'impression que tout est un peu plus verrouillé qu'ici (j'ai visité que 2 fois: Cal et Utah). Du coup ça créé plus de tarés :-)
  • - 2
 Buetufle riding, views, suck music.

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