Process X & Process X DL
Kona's Process X and Process X DL are the brand's answer to long days of riding with descending taking priority. Both models feature 162mm of travel paired with a 170mm fork, 29" wheels, and an aggressive geometry catering to the enduro/freeride crowd. There's also a flip-chip that allows the bike to run a 29" or 27.5" rear wheel.
The bike has a 63.5° head tube angle and a 78.2° seat tube angle for a size medium. Seat tubes are short to allow for longer travel dropper posts, with small and medium-size frames utilizing a 170mm dropper post while Large & Extra Large frames run a 200mm drop. All bikes fit a full-size water bottle and have internal cable routing along with a custom downtube protector to keep bikes from shuttle wear and tear and flush-mounted ISCG tabs for a chain guide.
Chainstay lengths can be adjusted to either 435mm or 450mm, which can make the bike either more nimble and playful or more stable and comfortable at higher speeds. Kona also believe this will help shorter and taller riders find a better balance and be able to run what is most appropriate to them with varying saddle heights and centers of gravity.
The Process X sells for $4,999 USD and the Process X DL sells for $6,999 USD.Process X GeometryProcess 153
The Process 153 is available in three different models- the DL 29, 29, and 27.5. For 2021, the bike is available in an aluminum platform with a frame that weighs 150g lighter than the previous aluminum models, according to Kona. Additionally, the seat tube allows for a deeper seatpost insertion compared to the prior 153 models.
The bike has updated geometry featuring a 64.5° head tube angle and the seat tube angle is 76.6°. Chainstays are 435mm. There is a new rocker link and kinematics are revised to keep the leverage curve similar to 134 models with around 13% progression from 30-95% of the bike's travel.
The Process 153 27.5 and 29 sell for $2,999 USD and the 153 DL 29 sells for $3,699 USD.
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Kona is killing it with their 2021 lineup
Crazy how little changes make a big difference. Don't like the smashed-into-a-tree look of the 153/134 alu.
Additionally - I am at the low end of fitting a medium size and I could fit the longest available dropper with more than 20mm of exposed post. If getting the most drop per size is the reasoning then why not include a 200mm dropper that can be shimmed to desired height on a medium and up?
Also even if you have 200mm drop you don't have to use it all.
(a) It's just adding clearance that you don't need
(b) It's extra weight (quite a bit, actually)
(c) The longer post is less durable than a shorter post (higher loads on the bushings when extended)
(d) It actually takes more time/energy to squat down further and stand back up when dropping the post (this is petty, but still makes a difference on trails where you actuate your post a lot)
These short seat tubes are getting pretty ridiculous. We need more large people working at bike companies.
It's ironic, as for years I railed against too long seat tubes on bikes (or bikes with pivots that limited the actual available seat tube - looking at you Giant and Trek) but it seems like it has swung so far in the other direction. I could be very happy on a 420mm seat tube with a 180mm dropper and it wouldnt be slammed (remember that I am at the small end of the Medium sizing)
Yep, so much this.
6'1" with a 170mm dropper, and 450mm seat tube (2018 Process 153), and I've got 50-75mm of the dropper exposed above the collar. I could easily fit a 210mm (and would do it today if it was free).
That said, I do wonder what "actual" tall guys would want (lets say over 6'6" or so). I imagine at some point you do need a taller seat tube.
I imagine it's more of an issue that making an extra larger mold for a small portion of the population is just not a business savvy move for them. The sizes they have listed look like they'd work for people within 2 standard deviations of the mean (in terms of height). Much like most things in life, very tall people will have a smaller selection and have to find something that works for them from that smaller pool of choices.
Notably, very small people have the benefit of there being things (bikes, clothes, ect) designed for children that should fit them, so it's really (mostly) only very tall people that run into this issue.
Sadly I am not a top DH rider. I want all the drop and all the travel.
Naa you crazy!
Making flip chips is the simplest way to work around the obvious need for multiple chainstay lengths so good Kona for finally figuring out that different people are different.
There is zero reason why different sizes shouldn't have different ESTAs.
Top DH racers: Surely some do ride a higher seat by choice like yourself which is great but also remember they don't have droppers (yet?) so keeping in slightly higher so they can sneak in a seconds rest or tuck could be beneficial instead of having to stand the entire race. Furthermore, lots of DH bike designs do not allow the seat to go lower without having tire to seat contact due to so they are forced to run them with post extended.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but from my experience anytime I get on a bike with a longer dropper it allows the bike to move under me more freely and I love it, so I'm stoked on this progression!
As for cornering, it seems people prefer to have their saddles different heights. I actually prefer it at knee height so that I can shift my core more independently from the saddle. Seems to that the higher the saddle goes, the less freedom you're getting there.
It’s like Kona isn’t even remotely interested in selling bikes in Canada...
What's your geo numbers ?
Is your BB not super low ?
"The Sentinel can easily be converted to mullet bike that maintains the stock geometry by installing an 8.5″ (216 mm) eye-to-eye shock and limiting the stroke to 58.5 mm. The standard stroke for an 8.5″ shock is 2.5″ (63.5 mm) so a 5 mm travel reducer is what’s needed to limit the stroke properly. If you are converting your Sentinel to a mullet set up by using this shock size we highly recommend installing our link because the stock link is -6% progressive with the shock."
or.......you know better than all the people at Kona.
you do you, but your know it all bullsh*t is tired. I trust Kona, Santa Cruz, Specialized, etc etc etc to know how to sell and spec their bikes a bit better than you. I mean.....I would trust them on basically anything over you.
I'm not talking about me. Or you( although you can't stop talking about you, but I digress..). I'm talking about the average consumer.
Ffs, the average consumer goes and buys a SC or Yeti by bouncing around a paved parking lot for 5 min. Lol.
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Steep seat tubes; proper reach; flip chip for mullets!!!
I miss the days when a enduro bike was a compromise between XC and DH.
Now a enduro bike is a freeride/park bike.
Yes,there are plenty of options in the market. I just dreamed a different way for the sport a few years ago.
I'm talking light,responsive,stable,140mm bikes,not 35lbs monsters that might climb ok but really suck in everything not super steep.
Rad looking bike!
The problem with this design is the slack actual seat tube angle, it’s going to put a lot of stress on the dropper. Heavier riders are going to be a warranty headache.
Does appear more like 77 than this..bb line goes thru mid of seat on the commi...
Can I buy the new rocker/CS assembly and slap it on my bike, and have a process 153, with longer chainstays and slacker HTA?
We have to understand how ETT and (actual) STA effect our position on the bike to have an understanding of how it's going to feel to us.
Kona just released the Process X.
From now on know as The PRO SEX
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