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Angus bought a Kona...

Postby Angus Young » Tue Oct 21, 2014 11:33 am

After much procrastination, about a thousand changes of mind and almost buying the Mondraker Foxy, I went for the Kona Process 134. So glad I did! Fantastic bike.

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Upgrades include...
150mm Pike up front (taking it up from 140mm)
Superstar Carbon AM wheels (on Tesla hubs)
High Roller II front (tubeless)
Ardent Race back (tubeless)
Superstar Nano Tech pedals (gunmetal)
Nukeproof saddle
Nuke proof Carbon Warhead bar

Upgrades to come...
Reverb Stealth
E Thirteen TRS+ AM Double Crankset
Replace rear shock with either...
Cane Creek Inline or Monarch Plus RC3 DebonAir

Thank you to everyone who chipped in with advice in my thread asking about upgrade options.
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Re: Angus bought a Kona...

Postby CitizenLee » Tue Oct 21, 2014 11:41 am

Awesome mate, such nice bikes! You must be chuffed!

Have you christened it yet?
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Postby Angus Young » Tue Oct 21, 2014 12:00 pm

CitizenLee wrote:Awesome mate, such nice bikes! You must be chuffed!

Have you christened it yet?


Ha, yes, chuffed would be one word. It really is a fantastic ride.

I've had it about a month now so it's been well and truly christened - It arrived late on a Monday night and I went down to BPW the following morning! Since then it's been down to Surrey Hills, Croft in Swindon and many miles on local stuff around where I live. Not too many miles on the upgrades yet, though, as they only went on in the last week or so and the weather has just started to turn.
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Postby CitizenLee » Tue Oct 21, 2014 12:15 pm

Good to hear you've gave it a good thrashing! I must admit, if I was in the market for a new complete bike then the Process would be very high on the list. Upgrades both done and coming seem well considered too, although I'm surprised you're planning a double up front. Not tempted by a wide range cassette or 1x11? As for shock, I'm not hearing that great things about the new CC, although I think the problems may be exclusive to heavier guys. Have a look on their forum for info on that though.
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Postby Angus Young » Tue Oct 21, 2014 12:46 pm

I've been thinking about going one ring upfront. I think that might be something I do next summer once I've got some more miles on the thighs. Not that I use the small ring much, but for now I'm probably going to stick with two rings.

I followed your link in Rockmonkey's thread and that has given me pause for thought on the Cane Creek. Plus, it does seem like a fiddly little bugger and I'm not sure I'm experienced enough to get the best tune out of it.
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Postby CitizenLee » Tue Oct 21, 2014 13:02 pm

That sounds like a good plan regarding the gears. May as well use what’s fitted and keep the cash towards more important upgrades.

As for the shock, you obviously can’t take one person’s word but the guys knows his stuff and reading the whole thread and links provided it seems that there are more reports on the CC forum, and even TFT seem to have acknowledged that there may be an issue with the rebound. I’m sure CC will rectify it, but if I was currently in the market I’d probably just go for the DebonAir or wait it out and see what CC do. You’re right though, CCs are certainly not fit and forget shocks. Definitely one for the fettlers.
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Postby Angus Young » Tue Oct 21, 2014 13:18 pm

I am leaning more towards the DebonAir. I'm sure it would be a great upgrade. The amount of control and precision now at the front with the Pike is exposing the fact that there is slightly less control at the back. It's not a disaster at the back by any means, but it does feel like it could do with being brought in to line with the Pike.
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Postby benpinnick » Wed Oct 22, 2014 06:46 am

Debonair will only add better small bump compliance, and can affect your big bump performance if you're a big guy, so its probably only worth it if you really think its needed better small bump performance.
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Postby Angus Young » Wed Oct 22, 2014 07:23 am

benpinnick wrote:Debonair will only add better small bump compliance, and can affect your big bump performance if you're a big guy, so its probably only worth it if you really think its needed better small bump performance.


I'm 78kg, so somewhere around average I guess. What are your thoughts on replacing the RockShox Monarch R on there?

Why does everything mountain bike have to be so complicated! Lol!
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Postby CitizenLee » Wed Oct 22, 2014 07:38 am

Angus Young wrote:Why does everything mountain bike have to be so complicated! Lol!


To keep you spending money ;)
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Postby Angus Young » Wed Oct 22, 2014 07:40 am

It's working. :-)
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Re: Angus bought a Kona...

Postby asdfhjkl » Wed Oct 22, 2014 09:27 am

Love the yellow colours there - looks great. Yellow fork decals like the Remedy in the thread below this would look neat.

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Postby Angus Young » Wed Oct 22, 2014 10:49 am

Yeah, I like the black and yellow, though I'm not sure I'm completely sold on the over all look of the bike - that super low standover makes it look like a traditional girl's bike (though it does make it easy to bail in an emergency) and when I look at it in profile I just see WHEELS!!! Lol!

Yes, I've seen those stickers. Not sure if that's a bit of yellow too far, though. I think the yellow on the seat and bar work well, just brings a slightly dull looking bike up a few notches...

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... but I'm not sure I care enough about what the bike looks like to start changing stickers on my forks. Never say never, though, I might crack at some point!
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Re: Angus bought a Kona...

Postby RockmonkeySC » Wed Oct 22, 2014 13:36 pm

Very nice bike. The Process 134 is one of the best AM bikes I have ridden.
Have you ridden on that Nukeproof saddle? I had one on my Scalp and it was like a torture device.

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Re: Angus bought a Kona...

Postby whitey161 » Wed Oct 22, 2014 13:40 pm

The stickers on my forks were under a tenner and really easy to put on so no hassle.

I love the process, if i were to buy a new bike the process would be it although id probably go for the 153. Looks amazing and from what i hear performs well too.

The pike has certainly exposed the deficiencies in my rear shock too and so considering what/how to upgrade.

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Re: Angus bought a Kona...

Postby Angus Young » Wed Oct 22, 2014 14:53 pm

RockmonkeySC wrote:Very nice bike. The Process 134 is one of the best AM bikes I have ridden.
Have you ridden on that Nukeproof saddle? I had one on my Scalp and it was like a torture device.


I've ridden lots of bikes now, at demo days and the like, most of them twice the price, and I can't think of any I liked better.

The saddle's been on there since day one so I've had lots of miles on it, from BPW to XC, and I don't think I can tell it apart from the Spoon on my old bike. It's like most saddle's I've tried - it's not particularly comfortable but neither does it bother me particularly.

whitey161 wrote:I love the process, if i were to buy a new bike the process would be it although id probably go for the 153. Looks amazing and from what i hear performs well too.


I did consider the 153 but I think that would have been overkill for me.

whitey161 wrote:The pike has certainly exposed the deficiencies in my rear shock too and so considering what/how to upgrade.


The front was easy: Pike! Even if it's not the only game in town, seems you can't go wrong with a Pike. The back, though, there's not such a clear cut choice. Yes, decisions, decisions...
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Postby paul.skibum » Wed Oct 22, 2014 18:53 pm

I just put a Monarch Plus on my Bronson and it is very nice - super supple and plush, progressive through the 75% of the travel I have had cause to use so far and simple to set up. Seems very nicely matched to the Pike too.
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Postby Angus Young » Wed Oct 22, 2014 21:04 pm

paul.skibum wrote:I just put a Monarch Plus on my Bronson and it is very nice - super supple and plush, progressive through the 75% of the travel I have had cause to use so far and simple to set up. Seems very nicely matched to the Pike too.


Sounds good. And I dare say that you're probably asking more of your bike than I will be for quite some time.
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Re: Angus bought a Kona...

Postby paul.skibum » Thu Oct 23, 2014 09:58 am

Only had a couple of rides on easier terrain on it so far but the bike feels more active, balanced and playful from the off. Climbs better too.
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Re: Angus bought a Kona...

Postby Angus Young » Thu Oct 23, 2014 10:02 am

paul.skibum wrote:Only had a couple of rides on easier terrain on it so far but the bike feels more active, balanced and playful from the off. Climbs better too.


In the Bike Bible video where they gush about the Kona one of the guys says he'd like to try the Process with the Fox Float X. Any thoughts on that?
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