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    2015 Process 111

    So my wife's new 2015 Process 111 showed up yesterday, I am super jealous the new color and parts kit is amazing. We are customizing hers a bit more Mango King headset Mango seat clamp and Mango King Hubs on WTB KOM hoops with an ENVE carbon bar should be a pretty sweet ride will post pics once it is complete still waiting on King XD driver for now :-(
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    In for pics. I'd love to hump on the 2015 frameset.

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    Need some bike porn ^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by hamiltonj2w1 View Post
    So my wife's new 2015 Process 111 showed up yesterday, I am super jealous the new color and parts kit is amazing. We are customizing hers a bit more Mango King headset Mango seat clamp and Mango King Hubs on WTB KOM hoops with an ENVE carbon bar should be a pretty sweet ride will post pics once it is complete still waiting on King XD driver for now :-(
    Nice build! Can't wait to see pics. Sounds like you should add a CK PF BB to that mix to avoid the dreaded creaking that is inevitable from a cheap PF BB. The CKs are getting rave reviews...

    The new 111 is now on my (finally) short list (+ RIP RDO and Tallboy LTC) after getting to ride one recently even though I said I would not consider a PF BB. I wasn't crazy about the dark purple at first but I really like it now...

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    Relevant to my interests!

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    Picked up my 2015 proc111 yesterday as well. the color looks exactly like purple grapes in the sun light. it's pretty sharp. Large weighed in at 31 lbs. The Ardent tires are heavy, however conversion to tubeless is super easy and really makes the bike feel snappy. Left the 2.4 in the front and put an Ignitor on the rear. The WTB i23 wheels come pre-taped with the yellow tape and you get valve stems too. Threw on a carbon bar and swapped SLX brakes for XT's and she's just hovering above 28lbs. The SRAM x1 DT is fantastic, wow. ..... and the Pike fork, I've never had anything like it before.

    is the PF BB on this the 68mm or 73mm?

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    Come on guys! Does no one own a camera? Lets see the pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by MostChillin View Post
    Nice build! Can't wait to see pics. Sounds like you should add a CK PF BB to that mix to avoid the dreaded creaking that is inevitable from a cheap PF BB. The CKs are getting rave reviews...

    The new 111 is now on my (finally) short list (+ RIP RDO and Tallboy LTC) after getting to ride one recently even though I said I would not consider a PF BB. I wasn't crazy about the dark purple at first but I really like it now...
    I own 2 Kona's with PF BB's. One is a 111. They don't creak. Don't waste your money on a CK BB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdqmach26 View Post
    Come on guys! Does no one own a camera? Lets see the pics
    What pdq said!

    Quote Originally Posted by Scotth72 View Post
    I own 2 Kona's with PF BB's. One is a 111. They don't creak. Don't waste your money on a CK BB.
    Nice. It's good to hear a positive experience with PF. I weigh 215 geared up so I'm no lightweight so that may have impacted my experiences.

    The practically brand new (3 rides) 2014 111DL I rode creaked on and off but it was maddening nonetheless. My buddy has a CK on order. The Specialized Camber Carbon Evo (don't hate me) I tested at a demo (so it was well worn) creaked like mad. It was that experience that has me turned off to PF.

    The OEM PF BBs that SRAM and Shimano supply are crap. For a critical part and peace of mind of no creaking, I'll make the investment in upgrading the BB if I get the 111 (the way the wind is blowing today...). And after having spent a small fortune in CK crack over the years, I never felt the first dollar spent was wasted...

    Now show off that 111!

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    In for pics. Maybe now some places will really blow out the remaining 2014 stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blatant View Post
    In for pics. Maybe now some places will really blow out the remaining 2014 stock.
    Nah, I think you should pick up a 2015 frameset in XL in purple so I can buy it gently used fairly soon.

    Srsly, first dibs when you sell. I'll be watching your Pinkbike account closely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blatant View Post
    In for pics. Maybe now some places will really blow out the remaining 2014 stock.
    uploading pic

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    2015 Process 111-kona2.jpeganother

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    This bike just went to the top of my list. Just curious if any of you who picked up the 2015 process 111 have weighed it yet?

    I haven't seen one in person yet and waiting on the bike shops in the area to get one in.

    edit- Nevermind, saw that the large weighed in at 31 lbs

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    Beautiful bike. And ya don't waste yer money on CK $hit. For reelz

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    threw on the carbon hoops bars and seat from the old bike. I kinda like the white spokes on it.2015 Process 111-kona-1.jpg2015 Process 111-kona-2.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by wadedro View Post
    threw on the carbon hoops bars and seat from the old bike. I kinda like the white spokes on it.Click image for larger version. 

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    Looking good! What is your carbon rim setup and what are your overall impressions of the 111 thus far?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MediumDiesel View Post
    This bike just went to the top of my list. Just curious if any of you who picked up the 2015 process 111 have weighed it yet?

    I haven't seen one in person yet and waiting on the bike shops in the area to get one in.

    edit- Nevermind, saw that the large weighed in at 31 lbs
    I picked it up to compare with my Honzo, and a brief ride. It felt lighter than my Honzo. While a size bigger, it was clear it had same "in it vs on it" geometry. It totally messed up my mind because I thought I'd be getting a 650B bike with more travel to complement the Honzo.

    Critics tell me the Kona geometry can't climb. To that I say I'd way rather adjust my body for climbing traction and have the confidence and comfort it provides for other riding.

    It's an amazing bike - any advantage know to big wheels, but the new school geometry makes most other 29r feel kind of dead by comparison.

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    Rims are the Light Bicycle clinchers on HopePro2 Evo hubs. Shaved off just over 1/2 lb on each wheel over the OEM WTB i23 (set up tubeless) that came on the bike.

    As for overall impressions, I have to mimic bitflogger's post above. you just feel in the bike, not on top of it. It corners better than any 29er I've ever ridden. Raced it last weekend on a primarily XC track and it was fantastic. Prob ran similar lap times as I would have on the JET9- MTB mountain bike 29er Niner JET9 Full Susp, however had much more fun. I'd say it climbs just as well as the JET9 does, however it is a couple pounds heavier, but hard to feel that really. Going fast through the rough is where it shined. There were lines, where on the JET, I would have had to pick through and tap brakes. Where as with the Process, you just point it down and go, no brakes. Rode a local trail yesterday and same thing.....fast down hill section where i'd normally have to brake on the JET to control it in the corner, but no longer. The suspension ate it up all very well. It's just an incredibly sold bike, I really think that 142x12 axel in the rear is where it's at. amazingly stiff. oh, I should note that locking the shock on steep climbs does help. did that a lot during the race on steep double track climbs. the fast XC hardtail guys would pass me, then we'd hit the woods and I'd be passing them! to me that trade off is well worth it. it's just an all around good trail bike that you can race once in a while as well..........in my opinion.

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    How about short, steep technical climbs? Any trouble getting the front wheel up over obstacles?

    I'm waiting for my shop to get demos in!

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    This bike is on my wishlist for sure!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wadedro View Post
    Rims are the Light Bicycle clinchers on HopePro2 Evo hubs. Shaved off just over 1/2 lb on each wheel over the OEM WTB i23 (set up tubeless) that came on the bike.

    As for overall impressions, I have to mimic bitflogger's post above. you just feel in the bike, not on top of it. It corners better than any 29er I've ever ridden. Raced it last weekend on a primarily XC track and it was fantastic. Prob ran similar lap times as I would have on the JET9- MTB mountain bike 29er Niner JET9 Full Susp, however had much more fun. I'd say it climbs just as well as the JET9 does, however it is a couple pounds heavier, but hard to feel that really. Going fast through the rough is where it shined. There were lines, where on the JET, I would have had to pick through and tap brakes. Where as with the Process, you just point it down and go, no brakes. Rode a local trail yesterday and same thing.....fast down hill section where i'd normally have to brake on the JET to control it in the corner, but no longer. The suspension ate it up all very well. It's just an incredibly sold bike, I really think that 142x12 axel in the rear is where it's at. amazingly stiff. oh, I should note that locking the shock on steep climbs does help. did that a lot during the race on steep double track climbs. the fast XC hardtail guys would pass me, then we'd hit the woods and I'd be passing them! to me that trade off is well worth it. it's just an all around good trail bike that you can race once in a while as well..........in my opinion.
    Nice wheelset. That setup seems like a solid build at a great price supported by positive reviews.

    And thanks for the feedback on the 111 - exactly what I was looking for. I was sold at it climbs as well at the JET. I have not ridden the JET but have ridden the RIP and the CVA climbs well. Climbing was my primary concern with this bike...

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    climbing report: Rode a trail Saturday (Blue Mounds, WI) with STEEP climbs that most people have a hard time cleaning, one of which is extremely technical. the Process and I killed every single one. the front tends to lift a tad bit more than the JET did, but a slight weight adjustment forward solves that. I can't tell you enough how much I love riding this bike. it's a climbing machine! note that flipping the shock lock lever does help on the really steep stuff.

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    sharp paint!

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    thats a really cool bike- like your white bling factor

    local shop was at the dealer event and posted a pic of the carbon proto - looks like alloy - only "smoover"

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