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    Dedicated Kona 153 29er thread

    Got my new process yesterdy! Totally stoked. Decided to make a shared thread. Most pleasant surprise was how awesome of an all-arounder this bike is. Second best surprise...


    Shiny!

    I have a ride review and upgrade list in the main 29er forum. Decided to start a dedicated to 153 29er thread in Kona thread too.
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    Here is mine... and i second skey44 - for the amount of travel this bike has, it's surprisingly good for an all-rounder bike. This is my only bike, so i use it for everything


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    Yep I've got the AL and weight aside it's a brilliant all-round bike, certainly as good as my old 153. I love the silence, too.
    Only upgrade so far is a saddle and a luftkappe in the Yari, which has made quite a difference.

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    Dedicated Kona 153 29er forum-153pb.jpg

    Geez, how about a photo we can see?

    This is my bike's nearly completed form. Swapped the rear tire to a 2.5 Aggressor after this ride, seems like it'll complement the 3.0 DHF well. DVO Diamond fork, I9 hub laced to Sun Duroc 35 rims, Hope E4 brakes with 8 inch rotors. Should be fine.
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    its photobucket - kept doing this to my pics.

    BTW, what's the clearance with 2.5 29er rear? Also, what size did you use up front?

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    The Durocs are 32mm internal front and rear. Rear clearance is adequate, probably 5 or 6 mils at least. My rep claims they designed the bike have clearance for 2.5s on 35mm rims. The 3.0 Minion is a little round on the front, but I think itíll be just fine. The boosty Diamond is 160mm travel if thatís what youíre after.
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    hmmm im not sure about that ive already had some mud issues running the 2.3 minions on the wtb i29 rims in the mud, its not jammed up bot worn the paint a bit

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    Thatís the thing about soil composition and densities. I donít have sticky mud here, so I donít anticipate any issues.
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    Good to know you can fit those size tires on this bike. I don't have mud issues in this area either (CT), so might do this in the future when the stock tires are ready for a change.

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    Sorry Photobucket, I am not going to pay to have my pics shared 😐 Any suggestions on another freephoto sharing app?

    Noted tiny bottle on al/dl above.
    LBS had to "customize" a side entry bottle cage for it to ride low enough on my L frame to fit a 20 oz bottle with no top tube rub. Specialized zee cage was a no go. Salsa alloy side load cage was easy enough to modify, but interesting how tight bottle area is. Recommend trying cage before you buy. 650b process has plenty of room for 24 oz bottle in same size frame. No such luxury for 29er.

    Also researching wheel upgrades. Choices so far:
    I9 enduro 305
    I9 torch hubs dt Swiss rims
    dt 350 hubs (36t) dt Swiss rims
    dt 350 hubs (36t) spank oozy trail 345 rims

    As far as which dt rims between ex511 or xm481 set. Could also do ex511 rear with xm481 front.
    Have weight differences listed for all the rim combinations vs stock. Range from -26 grams for ex511 pair to -116g for xm 481 pair. Spank rim is in between weight of the two dt options, possibly the "goldilocks" option. My local builder also recommends the spank vs dt as he believes the dt options are either too heavy and ready for full downhill abuse or slightly flimsy. If I go the non-system option will probably run one of the butted/bladed spoke options out there as this seems a reasonable place to lose weight with little penalty besides cost.

    I have had I9 wheels for the last three years and love almost everything about them, but the silence of the stock ride is so nice, hence dt hubs creeping into the equation. Budget wise the dt Swiss hub is also pretty nice, expecially compared to full i9 build.

    Open for wheel choice input or suggestions. I realize with this style of bike weight savings are not the most important thing in a wheel upgrade, but losing some rotational weight in the rim would be appreciated as long as it remains durable/stiff enough.

    For helping with wheel decision I weigh 200 lbs, ride 2-3 enduro races a year. Weekly rides in pisgah, with increasing speeds and skill over the last few years. I do also ride cross country style areas 25% of my rides. I previously was on NOX teocalli (would consider NOX again but budget prohibits right now) with I9 hubs and aluminum spokes after folding rim bead of i9 trail rim in a race. I am generally not too hard on equipment, but with this bike's capacity I imagine more stress will be put on the rims.

    I would be riding my new bike in Pisgah today instead of dreaming of upgrades, but I'm down and out with a nasty rhinovirus 😷

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    I dented and put a flat spot in my i29's pretty quickly. For quiet hubs, hows about Onyx or Project 321? I'm waiting on some spokes to build WTB Asym's on DT350(54 tooth ratchet).

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    Good point with asym since that's what came on my bike and is a stout rim if a bit portly. Probably not wise to switch out for ex 511 when you make that point considering negligible weight difference. My wheel builder recommended this as an alternative as well.
    Onyx and 321 hubs look nice.
    Will have to compare attributes to i9 and dt. I could also only replace rear hub, but funky colors wouldn't match and if I pay that much, funky colors are a must so my friends know it's nice... since sound won't tell them 🙄
    Slightly worried on durability and increased noise with 54t dt. Then I'll have a slightly noisy, less reliable engagement mech. Just regurgitating forum info here, so correct me if I'm wrong.
    On another note my i9 were always quiet after a good pawl lube with dumonde tech freehub oil for a dozen or so rides. Literally an audible alarm for maintenance.

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    I like how Kona allowed many things on the al/dl build to be upgraded without completely changing out components. Can upgrade wheels by re-lacing with quality hub/spokes, brakes with rs or rsc lever, and fork with charger damper. I see what you did there Kona, nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jammertime View Post
    I dented and put a flat spot in my i29's pretty quickly. For quiet hubs, hows about Onyx or Project 321? I'm waiting on some spokes to build WTB Asym's on DT350(54 tooth ratchet).
    That's pretty impressive, the WTB Asym i29 is a pretty stout rim. They've held up nicely to the abuse I've given them... That being said, any alloy rim can be bent given the correct situation.

    I'd argue the DT Swiss EX511 is likely going to end up the rim to beat. It's essentially a 5mm wider version of the EX471, which is basically at legendary status.

    https://www.singletracks.com/blog/mt...ex-511-review/
    I like 'em long, low, slack and playful

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    Quote Originally Posted by skey44 View Post
    I like how Kona allowed many things on the al/dl build to be upgraded without completely changing out components. Can upgrade wheels by re-lacing with quality hub/spokes, brakes with rs or rsc lever, and fork with charger damper. I see what you did there Kona, nice.
    Agreed. The Process 153 is a great platform to build on! Too bad it doesn't have a threaded BB. Do we know if a piggy back shock will fit in the 29er frames?
    I like 'em long, low, slack and playful

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    Looking at it, there should be room for a reservoir shock.
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    You'll easily get a piggy back in there, not tried a bottle yet.

    Im also looking to upgrade the (very heavy) wheels

    Flow MK3 on dt240s are a good weight saving option, I'd like to go light bicycle on dt240 as they were great on my old 153, but pricey!.

    Also considering the novyparts or fast damper upgrade for the Yari (luftkappe has been great but moco isn't as good as charger in my old pikes)

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    Last bike was PF 92 bb. I gave up on 30mm spindle cranks and never had any more issues.

    A little more hub research has landed me back between I9 and DT 350.

    I9 positives:
    reliable
    high poe
    attractive
    tried, true, and local to me

    I9 negatives:
    loud
    top of budget

    DT 350 positives:
    budget oriented
    reliable
    quiet

    DT 350 negatives:
    low poe
    utilitarian looks not my favorite
    not local

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    Pf92 on my old process was fine.
    Went for a works components screw together one last time and it was great, I'll get another one when this one dies

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimbers View Post

    Also considering the novyparts or fast damper upgrade for the Yari (luftkappe has been great but moco isn't as good as charger in my old pikes)
    I'm considering buying a Lyrik charger damper to drop in my Yari.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skey44 View Post
    Last bike was PF 92 bb. I gave up on 30mm spindle cranks and never had any more issues.

    A little more hub research has landed me back between I9 and DT 350.

    I9 positives:
    reliable
    high poe
    attractive
    tried, true, and local to me

    I9 negatives:
    loud
    top of budget

    DT 350 positives:
    budget oriented
    reliable
    quiet

    DT 350 negatives:
    low poe
    utilitarian looks not my favorite
    not local
    I was in the same boat - with a set of I9's for our Hei Hei. I went with the DT's just because I found a new hub with the 54 ratchet already installed on ebay.

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    Has anyone looked inside the rear shock to see if it has any volume reducers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimbers View Post
    Has anyone looked inside the rear shock to see if it has any volume reducers?
    I've ordered a set of three volume spacers, they should arrive after christmas. Hopefully they solve my problem with the linear travel, if there's already a full set inside the Deluxe I'll have to find DVO Topaz somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemesis-FIN View Post
    I've ordered a set of three volume spacers, they should arrive after christmas. Hopefully they solve my problem with the linear travel, if there's already a full set inside the Deluxe I'll have to find DVO Topaz somewhere.

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    The Topaz is the one thing I'm still waiting on. Ronnie at DVO told me "soon" when I asked about availability of their trunnion shocks. As long as "soon" means "by spring," I'll be happy. The Deluxe is fine, but matchy-matchy, ya' know. And the performance upgrade.
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    I haven't really gotten to ride my new Process a lot so far because of a flu like virus, lots of family for the holidays, and now this cold blast in the southeastern US we are not prepared to ride in.
    So far I would call the ride planted and begging to let off the brakes. I'm not quite accustomed to the sram brake feel yet, but I prefer it so far over my old XT's. I just tend to slow the bike down a lot more before corners than I planned, because of the unfamiliarity and surprising stopping power (larger front rotor than previous, new brake combo?). When you hit a corner right it gives you a pro feeling with thoughts like... I meant to do that, that corner went by fast, or whoo hoo. The bike will turn really fast and offer support and traction if you are willing to let go of the brakes. Can't wait to get more of that feeling on some gnarlier stuff. Another thing I have noted is some difficulty adjusting to the 170mm dropper. I am coming from a 125mm dropper, and a few times so far felt unbalanced because the seat was too low and I needed the seat a little higher in order to get a couple of pedal strokes in or a really short climb in the middle of a DH. Now I've learned not to go quite to the bottom with the dropper, and I seem to be getting used to it.
    Overall I just want to ride more than I have been able to lately, but I'm very pleased with the bike at this stage.

    Placing my wheel order today. Drumroll please....

    Purple I9 Torch Classic ISO 6 bolt
    Spank Oozy Trail 345
    DT competition spokes, alloy nipples.

    Looking forward to building them up myself, and getting some more miles in on the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skey44 View Post
    I haven't really gotten to ride my new Process a lot so far because of a flu like virus, lots of family for the holidays, and now this cold blast in the southeastern US we are not prepared to ride in.
    So far I would call the ride planted and begging to let off the brakes. I'm not quite accustomed to the sram brake feel yet, but I prefer it so far over my old XT's. I just tend to slow the bike down a lot more before corners than I planned, because of the unfamiliarity and surprising stopping power (larger front rotor than previous, new brake combo?). When you hit a corner right it gives you a pro feeling with thoughts like... I meant to do that, that corner went by fast, or whoo hoo. The bike will turn really fast and offer support and traction if you are willing to let go of the brakes. Can't wait to get more of that feeling on some gnarlier stuff. Another thing I have noted is some difficulty adjusting to the 170mm dropper. I am coming from a 125mm dropper, and a few times so far felt unbalanced because the seat was too low and I needed the seat a little higher in order to get a couple of pedal strokes in or a really short climb in the middle of a DH. Now I've learned not to go quite to the bottom with the dropper, and I seem to be getting used to it.
    Overall I just want to ride more than I have been able to lately, but I'm very pleased with the bike at this stage.

    Placing my wheel order today. Drumroll please....

    Purple I9 Torch Classic ISO 6 bolt
    Spank Oozy Trail 345
    DT competition spokes, alloy nipples.

    Looking forward to building them up myself, and getting some more miles in on the bike.


    Ive ditched the Level Ts on mine, they weret too bad but, inconsistent on descents, Hopes are 4 pot so cope better & a fair bit lighter.

    Be a while before I can afford a lighter wheelset, but I think a novyparts splug for the Yari will be my next upgrade

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    Went on another local Paris Mointain ride yesterday. Added air pressure all around in shock, fork, and tires. Made for a much peppier ride which was appreciated on my local trails. Still felt glued to the trail in a good way as long as I kept the speed up. Finding more and more this bike likes to be pushed hard, and I'm having lots of fun exploring this ride style.

    Brevard area Pisgah group ride scheduled for Sunday afternoon. Hope the weather holds up. Wheels should be in next week to start building.
    Will update from the more challenging trails to come.

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    Hi Guys

    Heres a video of a young Local fellow at the Christchurch(NZ) Adventure Bike park which has only just opened after the large fire on the port hills.

    Bike is the base model AL/29'er with a few upgrades,fox 36's,upgraded wheels,brakes etc.

    https://www.pinkbike.com/video/483204/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shane.G.M View Post
    Hi Guys

    Heres a video of a young Local fellow at the Christchurch(NZ) Adventure Bike park which has only just opened after the large fire on the port hills.

    Bike is the base model AL/29'er with a few upgrades,fox 36's,upgraded wheels,brakes etc.

    https://www.pinkbike.com/video/483204/
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    Does anyone have a line on super tiny water bottles? I have a size medium frame and have not had any luck finding a small enough bottle with a narrow enough top. Thanks for the help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimbers View Post
    Has anyone looked inside the rear shock to see if it has any volume reducers?
    Mine (XL Al/DL) came with 2 spacers installed. Looks like it might be able to take up to 5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Duder View Post
    Does anyone have a line on super tiny water bottles? I have a size medium frame and have not had any luck finding a small enough bottle with a narrow enough top. Thanks for the help!
    On of my riding buddies added some water bottle mounts to his frame and runs kids water bottles (from Contigo, I think.) They're about 12 or 14 oz each. I'd take my water bottle cage to a Babys R Us or something similar to make sure the diameter is about what you need.

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    For anyone interested, I swapped out the RS Deluxe shock (205x60mm Metric Trunnion) for a Fox DPX2 (205x62.5mm Metric Trunnion.) My plan wasn't to long-shock the Process, but I found a deal I couldn't pass up on the DPX2 so I bought it. I wasn't 100% certain that the longer shock would fit the frame but I let all of the air out, put some modeling clay (okay, it was play-doh - I have a 2yr old daughter) between the rocker and the seat tube and then bounced up an down on it. It has about 4mm of clearance when the bump stop compresses.

    Here's a look: https://imgur.com/zWVNfEG

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatNateDude View Post
    For anyone interested, I swapped out the RS Deluxe shock (205x60mm Metric Trunnion) for a Fox DPX2 (205x62.5mm Metric Trunnion.) My plan wasn't to long-shock the Process, but I found a deal I couldn't pass up on the DPX2 so I bought it. I wasn't 100% certain that the longer shock would fit the frame but I let all of the air out, put some modeling clay (okay, it was play-doh - I have a 2yr old daughter) between the rocker and the seat tube and then bounced up an down on it. It has about 4mm of clearance when the bump stop compresses.

    Here's a look: https://imgur.com/zWVNfEG
    damn! think I saw one of those on ebay but didnt risk it, monarch rt is fine but be interesting to hear how the dpx goes.

    Im still getting an splug for my yari

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatNateDude View Post
    For anyone interested, I swapped out the RS Deluxe shock (205x60mm Metric Trunnion) for a Fox DPX2 (205x62.5mm Metric Trunnion.) s.

    Here's a look: https://imgur.com/zWVNfEG
    I'd like to read what you think of the Fox DPX as well. I'm looking at a $200 rebuild for my RT; or considering replacing it with a new DPS for my 'old' 134.
    oops I wasn't clipped in

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim c View Post
    I'd like to read what you think of the Fox DPX as well. I'm looking at $200 rebuild for my RT and considering the DPS for my 'old' 134.
    Just one ride on it so far but I can tell you it's definitely an improvement. The pedaling platform going uphill feels good - the bike rides a little higher/more level in its travel but somehow still feels supple when going over rocks, ledges, etc. Also feels better downhill - just more traction than it had before, like the shock can respond faster to damping tasks. On the Deluxe, the bike would get pretty nervous in stuttery braking bumps or small to medium hits that come very rapidly but the DPX is more composed. I felt more confident getting the bike into corners, making my corner speed higher.

    I can't say much about the big hit performance of it because there weren't any big hits on the trails I rode but the jumps I did hit felt pretty good/balanced - didn't do anything weird. I probably only used about 55mm of the 62.5mm shock travel so I couldn't say anything about the added rear wheel travel. I doubt I will really notice anyway.

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    Thought Iíd just put this here. 29Ē wheels and fork.


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    Nice! I've suspected that the rear triangles are the same for both bikes but wasn't really sure. What size tire is that and how's the clearance?

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    Itís a Maxxis Minion SS 2.35 on an Ibis 941 rim.

    Hereís clearance.




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    That looks similar to the clearance I had w. a 29x2.4 Minion DHR2 on the stock i29 rim.
    I'm now running a 29x2.5WT Aggressor on that stock rim and it's a little tighter than what you have.

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    Oh, size XL.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fleanutz View Post
    Oh, size XL.


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    Put a 30mm stem on to replace the 50, big difference.


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    Not sure about that colour scheme!
    Interested to see how much it weighs, loving my 15329, it's ridiculously fast, but those big heavy wheels are going soon !

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimbers View Post
    Not sure about that colour scheme!
    Interested to see how much it weighs, loving my 15329, it's ridiculously fast, but those big heavy wheels are going soon !
    I put a pair of SC Reserve 30s on mine (153 29) after the stock hub crapped out (shocking, I know - those Formulas are so good... /s) They really feel great and my LBS gave me 20% off in consideration of my broken 4 month old hub.

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    Wow, I demoed a 153 29 last weekend and it was a LOT of fun.If I didn't have a deposit on another bike I'd be looking at the 153 29 carbon right now....
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    At the UK national endruro series and I can honestly say in the big hills this bike is awesome.

    I won't be challenging Brycleand & co for the podium! But I couldn't be more pleased, the bike is handling some of the toughest trails in the UK better than my old g1 Process.

    & The upgraded novyparts damper in the Yari is also brilliant

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    Went to Italy & Switzerland mountain biking, Process saved my ass several times there, some descents are steep and felt virtually endless there.

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    Better to start from the snow, longer descent ahead =)

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    I would like a large 153 29.

    Longer ETT and reach than my 2017 RIP9 alloy... but the Process has shorter chainstays, so the wheelbase is the same as my current bike.
    I like 'em long, low, slack and playful

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    Does anyone have info on the colors for the 2019 AL/DL. really like the Bone and Black on the CR but was only going that route if the AL colors sucked.

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    anyone put 40mm rims in theirs?

    clearance looks tight, but...

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    Another clearance question- does a 2.5 WT aggressor have clearance in the rear on a 30mm is rim?
    Loving the bike. Setting a lot of PR's on downhills 👍

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    I'm running a 2.5WT Aggressor on a 30mm internal SC Reserve wheel. It fits but barely. The clearance at the seatstay bridge is okay but the chainstay bridge is only about 1/8". It works in the typical dry powder conditions I ride in (Orange County, CA) but if gets wet at all it's like dragging a plow around.
    To put it another way, I'm not buying another 2.5 tire for the rear of that bike - it's getting a 2.3.

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    I agree, think I'll stick with my 2.3 DHF then 👍

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    It's new bike time for me, coming off an 08 spesh pitch with a 160 van 36 up front and a marz coil in the back. Aka it can plow but is hefty and climbs slow...

    Looking for a more pedable tank that's a bit lighter. Probably getting an 18 base or the do not sure if I can swing the $... But am a little concerned about the level t brakes.... Does anyone know if the base model still gets a 150mm dropper in large? I think I heard the dls do....

    The other bike I'm thinking is a banshee prime.. a little shorter legged, maybe a touch lighter...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rclugnut View Post
    It's new bike time for me, coming off an 08 spesh pitch with a 160 van 36 up front and a marz coil in the back. Aka it can plow but is hefty and climbs slow...

    Looking for a more pedable tank that's a bit lighter. Probably getting an 18 base or the do not sure if I can swing the $... But am a little concerned about the level t brakes.... Does anyone know if the base model still gets a 150mm dropper in large? I think I heard the dls do....

    The other bike I'm thinking is a banshee prime.. a little shorter legged, maybe a touch lighter...
    I have the base AL 29" version (black one from 2018) that comes with Level T. For now, it's "good enough" even for light duty bike park. i did several days at Highland park and it held up ok with fading toward end of day. Granted, i don't go crazy at the park and only do mostly blue trail (none of the black diamond yet) - just to give you an idea. Planning on replacing it with hope tech e4 next year.

    On dropper, i would think at least 150mm on Large. Mine is XL and came with 170mm dropper.

    If you go with the 2019 AL model, i believe they upgraded the brakes to Guide T, which has 4 pistons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bim6180 View Post
    I have the base AL 29" version (black one from 2018) that comes with Level T. For now, it's "good enough" even for light duty bike park. i did several days at Highland park and it held up ok with fading toward end of day. Granted, i don't go crazy at the park and only do mostly blue trail (none of the black diamond yet) - just to give you an idea. Planning on replacing it with hope tech e4 next year.

    On dropper, i would think at least 150mm on Large. Mine is XL and came with 170mm dropper.

    If you go with the 2019 AL model, i believe they upgraded the brakes to Guide T, which has 4 pistons.
    Thanks that's good to hear about the levels, I'm over in Waterbury area in VT and hit sugarbush and Killington a few times a season, blacks and the odd double, so probably would be swapping those out.

    The 19s do have the guides which is sweet, my shop said they may dropping $ on the 18s which may leave me ahead even after new brakes...

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    Definitely get the 18 model if the price drop is significant. Minor changes from 18 to 19, mainly different brake and wider front tire (2.5WT vs. 2.3 on 18). If it's only $100 or so difference, i say get the 19 model. That green color on 19 is starting to grow on me
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    2018 model was missing a trick- should definitely have come with a 2.5 tyre up front, that along with 4 pot brakes.
    Level Ts were fine but not as consistent as 4 pots

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    Well Ive stuck some Mavic XA elite wheels on

    half a kilo lighter than the WTB/formula stock wheels
    Bike still just over 15kg though

    sadly Ive only had a short ride round the block as the clutch has gone on my rear mech. But they do feel quicker to spin up already


    Mechs off at sram to be warrantied, dissapointed as I like the feel of the latest SRAM stuff, but SRAM stuff always fails on me
    think Ill be switching to shimano again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimbers View Post
    Well Ive stuck some Mavic XA elite wheels on

    half a kilo lighter than the WTB/formula stock wheels
    Bike still just over 15kg though

    sadly Ive only had a short ride round the block as the clutch has gone on my rear mech. But they do feel quicker to spin up already


    Mechs off at sram to be warrantied, dissapointed as I like the feel of the latest SRAM stuff, but SRAM stuff always fails on me
    think Ill be switching to shimano again!
    My NX is still running strong after a year of riding, even with chipped mech body due it "kissing" one too many rocks. Hopefully mine will have better luck Actually planning on replacing it with GX mech when i get my new wheels and hubs next year.
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    My 2019 153 CR/DL 29.

    And here's mine, just picked her up Friday. Added Renthal Carbon Bars and an Apex 33Mm. stem Chromag grips, Mrp Ramp control, Mrp Bash guard and chain guide. Wah Wah 2 Alloy pedals and raceface crank boots. Icetech rotors and Allmountainstyle clear frame protectors and 2 spacers in rear shock. Elite bottle cage. Mucky nutz fender.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uwibami View Post
    And here's mine, just picked her up Friday. Added Renthal Carbon Bars and an Apex 33Mm. stem Chromag grips, Mrp Ramp control, Mrp Bash guard and chain guide. Wah Wah 2 Alloy pedals and raceface crank boots. Icetech rotors and Allmountainstyle clear frame protectors and 2 spacers in rear shock. Elite bottle cage. Mucky nutz fender.
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    Nice - congrats on the new bike. A couple of questions for you:
    - Crank boots - are you experiencing "rub" with wah wah 2 pedals? i took off mine because the clearance between the wah wah 2 pedals and crank arm is pretty tight. I might put it back if it works great...
    - 33mm Apex stem - can you tell the difference between this stem and the stock 40mm stem that came with the bike? (stock i believe is 40mm stem with 780 bar)
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    Thanks, liking this way more than my 2018 Hightower. as for the Crank boots, They opened the holes just a little and added a small spacer when installing the pedals, work great now.
    as for the Stem, I never tried the stock one, I ordered the bike with this one on it but, I doubt you would notice that small of a difference between the stems unless you are stretched out with the 40mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uwibami View Post
    And here's mine, just picked her up Friday. Added Renthal Carbon Bars and an Apex 33Mm. stem Chromag grips, Mrp Ramp control, Mrp Bash guard and chain guide. Wah Wah 2 Alloy pedals and raceface crank boots. Icetech rotors and Allmountainstyle clear frame protectors and 2 spacers in rear shock. Elite bottle cage. Mucky nutz fender.
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    Look fast just sitting still! Sweet whip.

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    Thank you sir, I'm proud of this girl

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uwibami View Post
    And here's mine, just picked her up Friday. Added Renthal Carbon Bars and an Apex 33Mm. stem
    I actually went the other way and put a 50mm stem on my 27.5 CR. Let us know how you go with front end control? Mine washed a lot with the 40mm but in retrospect I think I had my fork rebound set too fast. Should have tried that before going the 50mm maybe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uwibami View Post
    Thanks, liking this way more than my 2018 Hightower. as for the Crank boots, They opened the holes just a little and added a small spacer when installing the pedals, work great now.
    as for the Stem, I never tried the stock one, I ordered the bike with this one on it but, I doubt you would notice that small of a difference between the stems unless you are stretched out with the 40mm.
    Any idea of a weight on your build?

    I have similar parts and will be looking for a frame closer to spring.

    Impending mid travel process, rm instinct, Hightower, evil offering are all contenders

    Iíve demod a 153 & Hightower LT, but would probably go with a shorter version. Going to a RM demo day in a week and hopefully will get to try an evil next month.

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    Sorry, no Idea on weight, as I do not concern myself with such, I figure if a bike weighs a bit more, as I ride it will just get me in better shape. I always figured, if you want to save a little weight, don't supersize those fries. hahahaha. I am a big guy and am more concerned with a strong bike vs. a light one but, I will tell you this, just from picking them up to put in my truck, the Process is lighter than my Hightower. but, at the same time feels more stable during the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uwibami View Post
    Sorry, no Idea on weight, as I do not concern myself with such, I figure if a bike weighs a bit more, as I ride it will just get me in better shape. I always figured, if you want to save a little weight, don't supersize those fries. hahahaha. I am a big guy and am more concerned with a strong bike vs. a light one but, I will tell you this, just from picking them up to put in my truck, the Process is lighter than my Hightower. but, at the same time feels more stable during the ride.
    I feel that. Asking because my 111 is under 31 with a sturdy build, but i canít see myself paying for a carbon frame that ends up heavier than the 111. I have no hesitation sending down any trails Iíve been on in the southeast in its current configuration.

    153 demo felt like a monster downhill, but i definitely felt itís weight going back up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toodles View Post
    I actually went the other way and put a 50mm stem on my 27.5 CR. Let us know how you go with front end control? Mine washed a lot with the 40mm but in retrospect I think I had my fork rebound set too fast. Should have tried that before going the 50mm maybe.
    I have the 29er with stock 40mm stem and with no spacer above the stem and my saddle all the way forward (XL size), my front end feels planted on turns and didn't wander during steep climb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sennaster View Post
    I feel that. Asking because my 111 is under 31 with a sturdy build, but i canít see myself paying for a carbon frame that ends up heavier than the 111. I have no hesitation sending down any trails Iíve been on in the southeast in its current configuration.

    153 demo felt like a monster downhill, but i definitely felt itís weight going back up.
    I understand, I don't have issue with that, being an Ex powerlifter most climbs don't bother me. 153 stays planted and does not lift the front like my Hightower. just an all round sweet ride.

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    I'm on a large carbon, CR, carbon wheels, cranks, bars, pretty high end build, still 31.5 lbs with pedals. Bike is fast and planted, I don't actually really notice the weight. Last bike was a RM Altitude, 28 lbs.

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    The CR demo i rode had the stock wheels and double DHFs, so that probably attributed to some of the feeling.

    HTLT had carbon reserves and DHF/DHR WT tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sennaster View Post
    I feel that. Asking because my 111 is under 31 with a sturdy build, but i canít see myself paying for a carbon frame that ends up heavier than the 111. I have no hesitation sending down any trails Iíve been on in the southeast in its current configuration.

    153 demo felt like a monster downhill, but i definitely felt itís weight going back up.
    southeast? what area are you in? Montgomery Alabama here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uwibami View Post
    southeast? what area are you in? Montgomery Alabama here.
    Central North Carolina .. get to Pisgah a couple times a year. Otherwise here in the triangle with my fair share of rocks/roots and not a lot of elevation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sennaster View Post
    Central North Carolina .. get to Pisgah a couple times a year. Otherwise here in the triangle with my fair share of rocks/roots and not a lot of elevation.
    Ah, I was hoping you were close so that we might ride, oh well. just a thought

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    How are you all liking your Process 153 29ers after some miles on them? I've got this bike on my list of potentials. I looked at a '19 AL/DL at a shop the other day. How large of a tire are you able to fit on the rear? I would like to be able to at least fit a 2.35 Schwalbe Magic Mary, usually they measure about 2.5. Any issues you've run into or things you aren't liking about it. I would like to use it for an all around bike with some shuttle and park duty occasionally but mostly pedal up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALS650L View Post
    How are you all liking your Process 153 29ers after some miles on them? I've got this bike on my list of potentials. I looked at a '19 AL/DL at a shop the other day. How large of a tire are you able to fit on the rear? I would like to be able to at least fit a 2.35 Schwalbe Magic Mary, usually they measure about 2.5. Any issues you've run into or things you aren't liking about it. I would like to use it for an all around bike with some shuttle and park duty occasionally but mostly pedal up.
    i've now had this bike for a year, with riding both local trail (southern CT) and bike park (Highland Park). It's an awesome bike and i don't feel overbiked on local trail (lots of rock chunks and roots). I never touch the rear lock out either on climbs. For perspective, i only ride Highland 5-6 times a year.

    On rear tire, i have 2.35 DHF and it's already kinda tight in terms of "tire height". Width wise, you might be able to go to 2.5 - others can chime in on it. My plan is to keep 2.35 and use 2.5 DHF wide trail up front. I don't see a need to go "thicker" in the rear.

    Lastly, in terms of what i don't like..... i can't think any after a year of use. Hope that helps.
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    I'm on a 2018 AL/DL (27.5) in XL frame...been on it for about 8 months and well over 1K miles. Came with 2.5 front/2.3 rear Minion DHF's. Ride tight/boney CT singletrack so I went with the 27.5's. Love this thing...climbs great for a big bike and is a great all-rounder. Out of the box I had to throw 40mm riser bars on it and added a MRP XCg (V2) bash guard.

    I plan to ditch the GX Eagle 12spd soon. It's a debris magnet because cage hangs so low to ground and it sucks in sticks. I will go to a std 11spd Shimano setup next time I roast a $110 GX derailleur.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sturge View Post

    I plan to ditch the GX Eagle 12spd soon. It's a debris magnet because cage hangs so low to ground and it sucks in sticks. I will go to a std 11spd Shimano setup next time I roast a $110 GX derailleur.
    That may be less of an issue on the 29er, I would happily stick with SRAM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bim6180 View Post
    Lastly, in terms of what i don't like..... i can't think any after a year of use. Hope that helps.
    That's good to hear. I would plan to use it mostly trail riding but like you a few bike park trips a year. I like Magic Marys so I was curious if anyone had fit them on the rear of one of these.

    Have the suspension pivots and bearings been problematic for anyone?

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    At 1,250 miles, mine's still working well for me. It's a little heavy (34.5 lbs - XL Aluminum frame) and all of the suspension pivots have needed to be retightened and locktited (but I've only had 1 screw fall all the way out so far.)
    As far as tires, I ran a 2.5 Aggressor on my 30mm SC Reserve wheels and the clearance is too tight at the chainstay bridge. It clears, but any kind of sticky dirt and it's just grinding away. I'm running a 2.3 High Roller II now and it's better but still a tight fit. These frames just don't have much tire clearance - the 27.5 frame is much better in this regard.
    It's a pretty short list of quibbles for the mileage though.

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    Im only up to 600k since I got mine (29er AL) last year, family comittments have meant its been tough getting out & Ive barely raced at all, gotta sort that for 2019!

    The bike was heavy as stock, the sram brakes were swapped for much better Hopes, NX rear mech failed 6 weeks ago (still waiting on a warranty replacement!) So its now XT 11-46 which has beeen great.
    Renthal carbon bars & lighter saddle for a bit of weight saving.
    Luftkappe & Novyparts Damper -big difference to the Yari! & an extra spacer in the rear shock as I was bottoming out too often.
    Mavic XA Elite Wheels have made the biggest difference, knocked over 1/2 a kg off the bike and made it much livlier ride; accelerates quicker, turns quicker.
    Trans-X dropper has been surprisningly good (with a bontrager remote) but its starting to loose pressure, so Im going to get it warrantied.
    2.3 is biggest you want out the back if its muddy, wider stickier rubber up front has been good too (E13 trs)

    coming from a 2014 153 its faster up & down & just eats up technical terrain

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    I admit it, I have a problem. A weakness rather, I can't get enough bikes. So here's the deal, rented a Process 153 27 in CO, fell in love with the long beast. Want to do rougher stuff now. I have a Process 111 and YT Jeffsy 27, but the 153 just ate up the rough stuff, was so stable. Now normally I prefer 29'er, starting to come around to really have an appreciation for the Jeffsy after owning it a few months, but it had to grow on me a bit. Here is my thing, never ridden the 153 in the 29, what made you get the 29 over the 27? I want it for its stability on the downhill stuff, which route would you go? Can't find a demo anywhere near me. The 27 in the 153 felt like it rolled as good as a 29, if I hadn't known better would have sworn I was on a 29. Thoughts? I am between sizes, L and XL, rented the XL. I have a buddy that made me a killer price on a Specialized Enduro Elite, but its a L and I really don't want a carbon bike, should I give it a hard look, too? Doesn't seem to be nearly as long and not so sure about the Ohlins fork (can't believe I am saying that as much love as I had for them when I was into motorcycles). TIA

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    Quote Originally Posted by kendunn View Post
    I admit it, I have a problem. A weakness rather, I can't get enough bikes. So here's the deal, rented a Process 153 27 in CO, fell in love with the long beast. Want to do rougher stuff now. I have a Process 111 and YT Jeffsy 27, but the 153 just ate up the rough stuff, was so stable. Now normally I prefer 29'er, starting to come around to really have an appreciation for the Jeffsy after owning it a few months, but it had to grow on me a bit. Here is my thing, never ridden the 153 in the 29, what made you get the 29 over the 27? I want it for its stability on the downhill stuff, which route would you go? Can't find a demo anywhere near me. The 27 in the 153 felt like it rolled as good as a 29, if I hadn't known better would have sworn I was on a 29. Thoughts? I am between sizes, L and XL, rented the XL. I have a buddy that made me a killer price on a Specialized Enduro Elite, but its a L and I really don't want a carbon bike, should I give it a hard look, too? Doesn't seem to be nearly as long and not so sure about the Ohlins fork (can't believe I am saying that as much love as I had for them when I was into motorcycles). TIA
    For Stability, i would think 29 would be the better option. I've never ridden the 27 version. With the chunky and rooty nature of my local trails here in New England, i immediately went with the 29 version and didn't regret it.

    On sizing, i'm just a smidge under 6'2 and on XL size. With my saddle all the way forward, the fit feels great, both seated and standing. I parking-lot tested a large version and felt that when i'm out of the saddle, it's a tad (just a tad) crowded. Hope that helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bim6180 View Post
    For Stability, i would think 29 would be the better option. I've never ridden the 27 version. With the chunky and rooty nature of my local trails here in New England, i immediately went with the 29 version and didn't regret it.

    On sizing, i'm just a smidge under 6'2 and on XL size. With my saddle all the way forward, the fit feels great, both seated and standing. I parking-lot tested a large version and felt that when i'm out of the saddle, it's a tad (just a tad) crowded. Hope that helps.
    Thanks, it does help. Where I ride in the Middle Appalachians it gets pretty rocky and rooty, too! I am 6'1" but long in the back/short legs so I usually size up and lower the seat and it works. I sure loved how the rental felt, even with the basic Aion fork I thought it was great (not that I have anything against Suntour forks, I have the RC2 Auron on my 111 and very pleased)

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    Mine comes with Yari (AL model) and for my current skill level, it's good enough for both trail riding and DH bike park. I highly doubt i can feel the difference between Yari and lyric at this point....
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    The Yari and Lyrik share the same chassis - for about $215 from Worldwide Cyclery you can get a Charger2 RCT3 damper that will completely transform that fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kendunn View Post
    Now normally I prefer 29'er, starting to come around to really have an appreciation for the Jeffsy after owning it a few months, but it had to grow on me a bit. Here is my thing, never ridden the 153 in the 29, what made you get the 29 over the 27? I want it for its stability on the downhill stuff, which route would you go? Can't find a demo anywhere near me. The 27 in the 153 felt like it rolled as good as a 29, if I hadn't known better would have sworn I was on a 29. Thoughts? I am between sizes, L and XL, rented the XL.
    Sounds like you really liked the 27.5...unless you can find a 29 to demo only you can decide. I have no regrets on the 27.5 but like you, never tried a 29 so who knows...maybe I would like it even more. I can say the 27.5 in XL is a great all round bike for terrain I ride which is more tight/technical than fast/flowy. But there are some good downhill rips here and there and it rocks...very stable and super fun.
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    Yep, depending on the terrain you ride most. Myself, I ride a 27 plus. for days that I ride slower tight tech stuff and my 153 29ers on days I want to do the faster flowing / downhill type of riding. Right tool for the job type of thing. But, I haven't ridden the 153 27 bike, might be a great do it all bike. Let us know which way you go and post pix

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    Mike levy in reply to my question said that upgrading my rockshox deluxe to a piggyback shock wouldn't make much difference, but I saw a cheap dpx2 on pinkbike & bought it anyway, it's from a transition patrol, so need to get stroke reduced by fox (£40) but they have v similar linkage rates so shouldn't need a retune

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    Review on Bikeradar today. They said the front end had a tendency to wipe out. A fork issue perhaps?

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    Strange, mine tracks like it's on Rails, much better than my Hightower
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uwibami View Post
    Yep, depending on the terrain you ride most. Myself, I ride a 27 plus. for days that I ride slower tight tech stuff and my 153 29ers on days I want to do the faster flowing / downhill type of riding. Right tool for the job type of thing. But, I haven't ridden the 153 27 bike, might be a great do it all bike. Let us know which way you go and post pix
    A buddy of mine had an 18 Specialized Enduro Elite and made me a totally unbelievable deal on it so I went that way. The Enduro may be a bit better when it gets really rough, but I remember the 153 being a little less pedally and more precise, but hey, when I was on the Kona I was on an epic trip through Colorado so it may have clouded my memories!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimbers View Post
    Mike levy in reply to my question said that upgrading my rockshox deluxe to a piggyback shock wouldn't make much difference, but I saw a cheap dpx2 on pinkbike & bought it anyway, it's from a transition patrol, so need to get stroke reduced by fox (£40) but they have v similar linkage rates so shouldn't need a retune
    I went from a Deluxe RT to a DPX2 and won't change back (kept the RT for an emergency spare). I saw Levy's comment and was surprised by it - the bike they tested had the piggyback Deluxe so maybe some wires were crossed? I found the RT very hard to get feeling "right"

    Quote Originally Posted by hambocairns View Post
    Review on Bikeradar today. They said the front end had a tendency to wipe out. A fork issue perhaps?
    I had a few bad front end wipeouts on my 27.5 when I first got it. Defintiely didn't corner as well as the old Patrol it replaced. Once I replaced the stock tyres everything got a lot better (and I'm a minion fanboy from way back).

    *edit* that review says 760mm bar 50mm stem stock? My 27.5 came with a 780 bar and 40mm stem. Weird

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimbers View Post
    Mike levy in reply to my question said that upgrading my rockshox deluxe to a piggyback shock wouldn't make much difference, but I saw a cheap dpx2 on pinkbike & bought it anyway, it's from a transition patrol, so need to get stroke reduced by fox (£40) but they have v similar linkage rates so shouldn't need a retune
    Is the shock a 65 or a 62.5? I put a 62.5 DPX2 on mine and it has plenty of room - not sure about a 65.

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    Yeah I went to a 62.5 on mine (160mm travel). The 65mm lets the tyre come too close to the seat tube for comfort. I think that explains the steeper SA on the Process 165

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    It's a 65 , was planning to see if it fits , but probably get it reduced anyway

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    Hi everyone!
    Iím Bruno, from Italy
    I just order a 2018 Process 153 al/dl size L
    Iím 179 cm and 84 inseam

    Enyone know the Weight of my new bike?

    Iím ready to give little upgrade, tubeless conversion , Ergon Carbon saddle and 800 mm Carbon bar

    Iíts my first enduro bike!

    I have just sold my ex ibis ripley ls

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    Congrats on the new bike - you'll love it.

    My DL version in XL (before upgraded my drivetrain, wheels and brakes) was around 34 lbs ish. So, with your Eagle drivetrain, and in Large, probably about the same weight

    honestly, it'll be hard to shed some weight on this bike without spending arms and legs...literally... On the other hand, you know the frame will last a looong time...
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    Iím evaluating the Process 153 AL/DL 29 as my bike for next year and was wondering about the actual weight of the stock WTB Wheelset. Iíve seen it posted that thereís potential for good weight savings by upgrading the wheels but I donít know how much. Ultimately Iím trying to calculate weight saving per dollar of new wheels versus other upgrades. Does anyone know the weight of the stock WTB 29er Wheelset? Thanks for the help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBGV View Post
    Iím evaluating the Process 153 AL/DL 29 as my bike for next year and was wondering about the actual weight of the stock WTB Wheelset. Iíve seen it posted that thereís potential for good weight savings by upgrading the wheels but I donít know how much. Ultimately Iím trying to calculate weight saving per dollar of new wheels versus other upgrades. Does anyone know the weight of the stock WTB 29er Wheelset? Thanks for the help!
    I never weighed my stock WTB wheels, but i recently upgraded to ex471 & ex511 (rear and front) with DHF 2.3 rear and DHF 2.5WT front with hope Pro 4 hubs. Judging from a quick "lift" test, i can hardly tell the weight difference both front and rear wheels (with tires mounted on both sets).

    While weight difference might be hard to tell, the ride quality definitely changed...for the better. Finally got to test my bike with the new wheelset, and the bike feels more solid, especially in chunky trails. Also seems to roll better, but maybe it's because my rear rim is narrower. The front wider rim with WT rubber makes a huge difference as well in how the bike tracks through corners and going over chunks.

    in short, i can def feel the difference in ride quality.
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    To add - when i emailed WTB earlier this year regarding their WTB STp wheel weight, they said they didn't have the official weight, but suggested that it'll be about the same or slightly heavier than their WTB Asym rim. So, with that in mind, the weight savings between WTB (using Asym weight) and my DT swiss combo will be about 72 grams - probably why i can't even tell the difference by just "lifting" it.
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    My 27.5 Kona Process CR 153 (not-DL) wheelset was 1155g rear and 1000 front.

    My DT Swiss 471 with Hope Pro 4s was 1053r/930f

    I know its not 29 but maybe helpful somehow?

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    Quote Originally Posted by toodles View Post
    My 27.5 Kona Process CR 153 (not-DL) wheelset was 1155g rear and 1000 front.

    My DT Swiss 471 with Hope Pro 4s was 1053r/930f

    I know its not 29 but maybe helpful somehow?
    Quote Originally Posted by bim6180 View Post
    To add - when i emailed WTB earlier this year regarding their WTB STp wheel weight, they said they didn't have the official weight, but suggested that it'll be about the same or slightly heavier than their WTB Asym rim. So, with that in mind, the weight savings between WTB (using Asym weight) and my DT swiss combo will be about 72 grams - probably why i can't even tell the difference by just "lifting" it.
    Thanks all for the info! It sounds like weight savings would be around 100-200 grams with a new wheelset which isn't a material weight savings considering the money spent to do the upgrade. It does sound like a better wheelset performs much better though. I'm looking hard at the 153 AL/DL 29 but not sure how I feel about investing several hundred dollars just to get down to 32 or 33 lbs. Very good info and certainly help with me evaluation process!

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    Not a direct answer but my Hightower LT came with a wtb i29 STp / sram wheelset.

    When i swapped to my existing I9 wheels i dropped at least a pound of wheel weight. I say ď at least ď because i swapped some other parts around too, but when i put them on my Honzo it also gained over a pound.

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    Yeah, when deciding between AL and AL/DL, don't take the weight into consideration. Look at what you get for that extra $500, which is basically: GX Eagle (Mech only) vs. NX, Super Deluxe shocks vs. Deluxe, and 3C DHF vs. the dual on AL.

    For me, Deluxe shock is good enough for my riding (including bike park trips), so i ended up with the AL version. After a year of ownership, i upgraded stuff that broke with better components.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bim6180 View Post
    Congrats on the new bike - you'll love it.

    My DL version in XL (before upgraded my drivetrain, wheels and brakes) was around 34 lbs ish. So, with your Eagle drivetrain, and in Large, probably about the same weight

    honestly, it'll be hard to shed some weight on this bike without spending arms and legs...literally... On the other hand, you know the frame will last a looong time...
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    Quote Originally Posted by sennaster View Post
    Not a direct answer but my Hightower LT came with a wtb i29 STp / sram wheelset.

    When i swapped to my existing I9 wheels i dropped at least a pound of wheel weight. I say ď at least ď because i swapped some other parts around too, but when i put them on my Honzo it also gained over a pound.
    Great info, thank you!

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    Finally iím ride my new process!
    There is a fantastic bike,
    Climbing like an xc bike!
    In discend iím not a enougt confidence but the bike is very plush and easy to ride,

    Iím love my new bike

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    I'm riding my Process CR/DL 29" 2019 for 2 months now and I'm on love with this bike. It's playfull as ****, corners like hell and actually climbs realy well.

    The only thing I changed was:

    -Chromag grips

    -Cushcore in the rear tire

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brunopiru View Post


    Finally iím ride my new process!
    There is a fantastic bike,
    Climbing like an xc bike!
    In discend iím not a enougt confidence but the bike is very plush and easy to ride,

    Iím love my new bike

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    Merry Christmas and congratulations on the new bike, the process 153 is such a great bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brunopiru View Post


    Finally iím ride my new process!
    There is a fantastic bike,
    Climbing like an xc bike!
    In discend iím not a enougt confidence but the bike is very plush and easy to ride,

    Iím love my new bike

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    What size frame is that, a L or XL? I have a Medium and I cannot get a regular sized bottle to fit.

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    Anyone run a 170mm One Up dropper post on their Medium frame? My 150mm Fox Transfer is about 1-2 cm too long. I think the 170 lower half will work since it is shorter than the Transfer and then I can shim it down to where I want it, but I can't return if I am wrong and the post gets scratched.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Staktup View Post
    What size frame is that, a L or XL? I have a Medium and I cannot get a regular sized bottle to fit.
    Itís large size


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    Prego!
    The bottle fit very difficultly in the frame, iím need a smaller bottle , in the medium size probably the problem is biggest


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    I'm considering picking up the 2018 Kona Process 153 AL 29, but I've got a few questions, that I thought you guys might be able to help with.

    I see some of the specs listed on their website for the 2019 version, but I can't find anything official for the 2018's for some reason. Its just that the good deals right now are on the older version, which is all that brings it into my price range.

    I'm kind of in between sizes. I'm about 6'1", and think I'm a large, but I'm not sure, and I don't have any locally that I can sit on to try out.

    I see that the DL comes with a 170mm dropper for the large size, but I can't seem to find any info on the non-DL version. Does anyone happen to know?

    How are the level T brakes, and what size are the rotors? I'm about 200lbs in riding gear, and am curious how they'll hold up. I see that the 2019 version upgraded up to the Guide T's, so it seems that Kona was aware of that.

    I've been warry of PF BB's. Any problems with them in this case? Am I worried about that for no reason?

    And, for those of you that have had them for a while, anything you've found about it that you'd change?

    Anyway, thanks again for the help. And who knows, maybe I'll end up with one soon .

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    Just do a search for ď2018 Kona Process 153 AL 29Ē ad you should be able to find your model. click on it and scroll down for specs and Geo. There should be no diff between DL and non DL frames. Kona has bike specs dating back to 2014 AFAIK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ocnLogan View Post
    I'm considering picking up the 2018 Kona Process 153 AL 29, but I've got a few questions, that I thought you guys might be able to help with.

    I see some of the specs listed on their website for the 2019 version, but I can't find anything official for the 2018's for some reason. Its just that the good deals right now are on the older version, which is all that brings it into my price range.

    I'm kind of in between sizes. I'm about 6'1", and think I'm a large, but I'm not sure, and I don't have any locally that I can sit on to try out.

    I see that the DL comes with a 170mm dropper for the large size, but I can't seem to find any info on the non-DL version. Does anyone happen to know?

    How are the level T brakes, and what size are the rotors? I'm about 200lbs in riding gear, and am curious how they'll hold up. I see that the 2019 version upgraded up to the Guide T's, so it seems that Kona was aware of that.

    I've been warry of PF BB's. Any problems with them in this case? Am I worried about that for no reason?

    And, for those of you that have had them for a while, anything you've found about it that you'd change?

    Anyway, thanks again for the help. And who knows, maybe I'll end up with one soon .
    Good for you, you will really enjoy the bike. Here is what I can comment on, hope it helps. I am a shade over 6' and weigh 255. I ride a large 29 CR/DL and it is a BIG Bike.
    so the Large should be fine, plus, you can always fine tune with stem size and the like. Dropper is a 170. PF/ BB is not a problem. only weak point is the Level T brakes. I had them on my Hightower as Original equipment and I think they are junk but, as you start riding more you will change out a lot of the components, we all do. very few people ride box stock for long. all that being said, the bike on a whole is a comfortable bulldozer. you will love it. good luck, have fun and post pix when you get her.
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    Thanks for the info guys, I really appreciate it .

    Quote Originally Posted by Staktup View Post
    Just do a search for ď2018 Kona Process 153 AL 29Ē ad you should be able to find your model. click on it and scroll down for specs and Geo. There should be no diff between DL and non DL frames. Kona has bike specs dating back to 2014 AFAIK.
    Ah, I thought I'd scoured their website pretty well. I didn't end up finding it the way you said, but just by poking around a bit more. I was looking for an archive, or other similar link at the main level. I wasn't expecting it to be burried as a sub-tab of current bikes.

    Even then though, strangely it doesn't list things like the length of the dropper, even on their own page. I did find the size of the rotors there though, which was helpful. Thanks for prompting me to take another look.

    Quote Originally Posted by Uwibami View Post
    Good for you, you will really enjoy the bike. Here is what I can comment on, hope it helps. I am a shade over 6' and weigh 255. I ride a large 29 CR/DL and it is a BIG Bike.
    so the Large should be fine, plus, you can always fine tune with stem size and the like. Dropper is a 170. PF/ BB is not a problem. only weak point is the Level T brakes. I had them on my Hightower as Original equipment and I think they are junk but, as you start riding more you will change out a lot of the components, we all do. very few people ride box stock for long. all that being said, the bike on a whole is a comfortable bulldozer. you will love it. good luck, have fun and post pix when you get her.
    I really appreciate the help sir, especially on the sizing.

    I kind of got to confirm that today, when I had the chance to briefly ride a Marin San Quentin 2 (Hardtail), in XL. That shouldn't sound related... but when I looked at the geo chart, the XL Marin has very similar reach (Marin has 484mm, Process is 475mm), and similar STA (Marin has 75, Process 76) and HTA (65 vs 66 respectively) numbers as the process. And the best part, was that if fit me great. So I'm feeling like a large is probably much closer to correct than the 510mm reach XL.

    I have seen reviews saying the dropper is a 170 on the higher end models, but I haven't seen anything that says what length it is on the vanilla Aluminum model. You're saying its the same size on the TransX dropper post equiped models? In which case, thats good news .

    And, thats too bad that the brakes aren't great. But as I can't afford the extra cash to upgrade to the Deluxe model, that will just have to be something that I uprade in due time. I'm glad Kona stepped it up to an entry level 4 pot for 2019. It sounds like its needed.

    Thanks again for the feedback. Its great to hear from some actual owners.

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    Just to add. - 2018 And 2019 process are basically the same frame with different color scheme. I have the 2018 AL 29, a tad under 6í2, and the XL fits me well. Both large and XL comes with 170 transX dropper.

    Rotors are 200 front and 180 rear. Level T was ok. Used it for one year including highland bike park. They did fade by end of the day, but that was to be expected from lower end brakes. Just recently swapped them with hope e3.
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    When you get ready to upgrade the brakes, check out the TRP Slate T 4s. Awesome breaking power and great modulation without breaking the bank.

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    Iím not sure but my 2018 Process al/dl have an reverb in 150 mm size L


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    [QUOTE=Brunopiru;13938898]Iím not sure but my 2018 Process al/dl have an reverb in 150 mm size L


    Ah - my bad then - so only XL comes with 170mm Dropper.
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    Iím not sure but my 2018 Process al/dl have an reverb in 150 mm size L


    Ah - my bad then - so only XL comes with 170mm Dropper.
    My '18 AL/DL in XL came with a 170mm Reverb, as did a friend's '18 CR (27.5) in L. I think it has to do with both size and build/spec. as to which ones have 170s and which have 150s.

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    Thanks guys. I'm gonna try a 170 with shims on my Med frame and will report back.

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    Well, I decided that the deal Jenson had was too good to pass up, even though the 153 was a bit more bike than I was originally looking for. I put my order in on Saturday night for a large 2018 Process 153 AL 29'er. Looks like they expect it to ship out tomorrow, so I should have it early next week.

    My current bike is a 7yr old 26'er hardtail, with 100mm of coil fork travel in 30mm stanchions, with 3x10, no dropper, and QR front and rear.

    I'm expecting the Process should be fairly different .


    Quote Originally Posted by bim6180 View Post
    Yeah, when deciding between AL and AL/DL, don't take the weight into consideration. Look at what you get for that extra $500, which is basically: GX Eagle (Mech only) vs. NX, Super Deluxe shocks vs. Deluxe, and 3C DHF vs. the dual on AL.

    For me, Deluxe shock is good enough for my riding (including bike park trips), so i ended up with the AL version. After a year of ownership, i upgraded stuff that broke with better components.
    Like I said above, coming from what I'm currently riding, I figured the base model 153 was enough of a shock (to me, as well as my wallet), that I decided not to make the leap to the DL model.

    Out of curiosity, what has broken for you? Just curious what to expect...

    Thanks everyone .

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    Quote Originally Posted by ocnLogan View Post
    Well, I decided that the deal Jenson had was too good to pass up, even though the 153 was a bit more bike than I was originally looking for. I put my order in on Saturday night for a large 2018 Process 153 AL 29'er. Looks like they expect it to ship out tomorrow, so I should have it early next week.

    My current bike is a 7yr old 26'er hardtail, with 100mm of coil fork travel in 30mm stanchions, with 3x10, no dropper, and QR front and rear.

    I'm expecting the Process should be fairly different .




    Like I said above, coming from what I'm currently riding, I figured the base model 153 was enough of a shock (to me, as well as my wallet), that I decided not to make the leap to the DL model.

    Out of curiosity, what has broken for you? Just curious what to expect...

    Thanks everyone .
    Congrats on the purchase! you won't regret it.

    I too came from a cheap hardtail before i got my process 1.5 years ago, and it was night and day in terms of basically everything . I can even climb better on process vs. my cheap hardtail.

    What has broken? i snapped my NX derailleur into two pieces going down a rough rock chute (chain jumped from large cog to spokes). So upgraded to XT shifter, Mech, and sunrace 11- 46.

    Other than that, the bike is pretty bomb proof. I can't even get the cheap transX dropper to stop working
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    Quote Originally Posted by bim6180 View Post
    Congrats on the purchase! you won't regret it.

    I too came from a cheap hardtail before i got my process 1.5 years ago, and it was night and day in terms of basically everything . I can even climb better on process vs. my cheap hardtail.

    What has broken? i snapped my NX derailleur into two pieces going down a rough rock chute (chain jumped from large cog to spokes). So upgraded to XT shifter, Mech, and sunrace 11- 46.

    Other than that, the bike is pretty bomb proof. I can't even get the cheap transX dropper to stop working
    Was the derailleur adjusted correctly, or did it get hit? As this is my first 1x system, I thought I would just ride it as it comes. But if I find myself needing more help on the steep climbs, I'd go with that same sunrace cassette.

    And thanks, I'm excited to get it. It should be quite the difference, and hope it helps give me the confidence to learn some more skills .

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    The NX rear mech on mine died too, clutch failed, took SRAM 6 weeks to warranty too ! Also running xt 11-46 now

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    Anyone running Fox 36/DPX2 on their Process 153 or a 44mm offset fork?

    I will demo a RockShox build 153 soon against the Ripmo (same LBS) and a RM instinct BC...anyone with history riding these back to back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyRdWarrior View Post
    Anyone running Fox 36/DPX2 on their Process 153 or a 44mm offset fork?

    I will demo a RockShox build 153 soon against the Ripmo (same LBS) and a RM instinct BC...anyone with history riding these back to back?
    Good question. I noticed that the process uses internal headset cubs in lieu of an integrated headset. I was realizing last night that I could potentially put a works 1 degree (slacker) headset in the process, with a 44mm offset 150 or 160mm fork. This would net you geo numbers similar to the transition sentinal with shorter chainstays. The size XL process would be starting to get a big long at that point, but seems like for the Large and smaller bikes it may be a great way to go.

    That being said, I think the 51mm fork is one of the things that makes the process intuitive to ride. I demo'd one the other day and coming from an Santacruz Hightower LT, I found that the bike was way more playful, but didn't feel all that foreign.

    I do think that this bike would be interesting to try with a 44mm offset fork however.

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    I have check my seatpost
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    Quote Originally Posted by minimusprime View Post
    Good question. I noticed that the process uses internal headset cubs in lieu of an integrated headset. I was realizing last night that I could potentially put a works 1 degree (slacker) headset in the process, with a 44mm offset 150 or 160mm fork. This would net you geo numbers similar to the transition sentinal with shorter chainstays. The size XL process would be starting to get a big long at that point, but seems like for the Large and smaller bikes it may be a great way to go.

    That being said, I think the 51mm fork is one of the things that makes the process intuitive to ride. I demo'd one the other day and coming from an Santacruz Hightower LT, I found that the bike was way more playful, but didn't feel all that foreign.

    I do think that this bike would be interesting to try with a 44mm offset fork however.
    @minimusprime, love the name first of all and thatís good info on the offset on the Process. I did see a video online where you can slacken our the bike a little by adding a cup but if l was to build up a bike from the frame up l am trying to think of the best fork and yet to see a DPX2 on the Process. Iím 6ft and about 265 so l just have had better performance and less bottoming out with Fox than others in the past.

    How much does your HTLT weigh and could you notice the weight difference on the Kona? Iím heading to throw a leg over a Process tomorrow however weíre expecting rain/snow this weekend here in NC so the demo may have to wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyRdWarrior View Post
    @minimusprime, love the name first of all and thatís good info on the offset on the Process. I did see a video online where you can slacken our the bike a little by adding a cup but if l was to build up a bike from the frame up l am trying to think of the best fork and yet to see a DPX2 on the Process. Iím 6ft and about 265 so l just have had better performance and less bottoming out with Fox than others in the past.

    How much does your HTLT weigh and could you notice the weight difference on the Kona? Iím heading to throw a leg over a Process tomorrow however weíre expecting rain/snow this weekend here in NC so the demo may have to wait.
    My particular HTLT is a bit of a beast. I have 30IW CF wheels, but I have a 2.5-DHF, 2.4 DHR2 Mounted up to them. 200mm rotors front and rear, GX eagle drivetrain and a 150mm pike with an ACS3 Coil conversion. I digress, my size L hightower weighs 31.5 lbs, and the size L kona process 153 CR/DL my lbs has as a demo, happened to weigh 31.9 lbs on my scale. Oddly, my LBS has the same 2.5 DHF F / 2.4 DHRII rear setup on the demo bike as I have on my hightower. I'd venture a guess that my CF wheels on that 153 CR/DL would drop the weight down to about 31.2 or so.

    So the difference between the two is negligible. FWIW, I have a trail/XC race bike that is a 130F/100R 29r that weighs 27lbs. I don't notice all that much of a difference between that bike and my 31.5 lb hightower. That's mostly because I have a nice light wheelset on both bikes and that's where I notice the weight the most. As long as the weight is in the frame (sprung mass) I don't notice it all that much. That being said, I'm a 185lb advanced rider that is really tough on equipment, so I don't weight weenie much stuff. The lightest bike I could be on without having reliability issues would be around 26-28lbs. I'd include yeti in that, because I could get an SB100 that weighs in the 24lb region, but i've seen a lot of people my weight and above, and aggro riders trash yeti rear triangles... so yeah. Hefty bikes it is for me.

    Also fwiw, the kona felt way more playful then my hightower, mostly due to the short stays. In that regard, the kona felt like a lighter bike because it was more nimble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyRdWarrior View Post
    Anyone running Fox 36/DPX2 on their Process 153 or a 44mm offset fork?
    I'm running a DPX2 (62.5mm version) on my 27.5 CR. Great shock, was a definite upgrade from the Deluxe RT, although I'd probably run the Super Deluxe happily if I had one.

    Quote Originally Posted by minimusprime View Post
    Good question. I noticed that the process uses internal headset cubs in lieu of an integrated headset. I was realizing last night that I could potentially put a works 1 degree (slacker) headset in the process, with a 44mm offset 150 or 160mm fork. This would net you geo numbers similar to the transition sentinal with shorter chainstays.
    I'm running a -1 Works Headset in min, with a 170mm Lyrik. It makes for a very confidence inspiring and fast descender, but a 160mm fork config would be a better all-rounder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by minimusprime View Post
    My particular HTLT is a bit of a beast. I have 30IW CF wheels, but I have a 2.5-DHF, 2.4 DHR2 Mounted up to them. 200mm rotors front and rear, GX eagle drivetrain and a 150mm pike with an ACS3 Coil conversion. I digress, my size L hightower weighs 31.5 lbs, and the size L kona process 153 CR/DL my lbs has as a demo, happened to weigh 31.9 lbs on my scale. Oddly, my LBS has the same 2.5 DHF F / 2.4 DHRII rear setup on the demo bike as I have on my hightower. I'd venture a guess that my CF wheels on that 153 CR/DL would drop the weight down to about 31.2 or so.

    So the difference between the two is negligible. FWIW, I have a trail/XC race bike that is a 130F/100R 29r that weighs 27lbs. I don't notice all that much of a difference between that bike and my 31.5 lb hightower. That's mostly because I have a nice light wheelset on both bikes and that's where I notice the weight the most. As long as the weight is in the frame (sprung mass) I don't notice it all that much. That being said, I'm a 185lb advanced rider that is really tough on equipment, so I don't weight weenie much stuff. The lightest bike I could be on without having reliability issues would be around 26-28lbs. I'd include yeti in that, because I could get an SB100 that weighs in the 24lb region, but i've seen a lot of people my weight and above, and aggro riders trash yeti rear triangles... so yeah. Hefty bikes it is for me.

    Also fwiw, the kona felt way more playful then my hightower, mostly due to the short stays. In that regard, the kona felt like a lighter bike because it was more nimble.
    Good info for l was thinking the Kona would be 3-5lb heavier. Iím imagining the Ripmo and RM Instinct BC May weigh less but may have less room in the cockpit for a guy my size. Would love to build from frame up but thinking that may be go my budget; Iím definitely wanting 200mm rotors up front and back, most likely XT 4 pistůn with a great wheel/hub mix and GX build.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toodles View Post
    I'm running a DPX2 (62.5mm version) on my 27.5 CR. Great shock, was a definite upgrade from the Deluxe RT, although I'd probably run the Super Deluxe happily if I had one.



    I'm running a -1 Works Headset in min, with a 170mm Lyrik. It makes for a very confidence inspiring and fast descender, but a 160mm fork config would be a better all-rounder.

    @toodles, how would you say the DPX2 feels in comparison to the Deluxe or other on the Kona? Any pics?

    It would be nice if Kona allowed for upgrades and more custom combinations on their bikes but weíll see after riding one soon hopefully; testing out both 27.5/29.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyRdWarrior View Post
    @toodles, how would you say the DPX2 feels in comparison to the Deluxe or other on the Kona? Any pics?

    It would be nice if Kona allowed for upgrades and more custom combinations on their bikes but weíll see after riding one soon hopefully; testing out both 27.5/29.
    Trying to decide between the 29 and 27.5 wheel size on a 153 CR. If you have a chance to come back and post a comparison that would be rad.

    Anyone else have time on both big and small wheels?

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    The immortal sizing question: What you guys in between sizes ride? I'm 5.9, rather short arms, and leaning towards M. However, any input highly appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BossLog View Post
    Trying to decide between the 29 and 27.5 wheel size on a 153 CR. If you have a chance to come back and post a comparison that would be rad.

    Anyone else have time on both big and small wheels?
    I'm gonna check out some sizes this week for what they have in stock locally however it won't be a full demo due to the weather....I'll post after I throw a leg over a couple of sizes of the 27.5/29er.

    Would be nice if they made one model frame for both wheels sizes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Preence View Post
    The immortal sizing question: What you guys in between sizes ride? I'm 5.9, rather short arms, and leaning towards M. However, any input highly appreciated.
    I have a buddy who just ordered a '18 Process 153 CR.

    He's 5'9", and he said the medium fit him amazingly well, like better than any of his other bikes so far. I think with how close you guys are in height, Medium sounds pretty correct to me.

    I'm 6'1", and ordered a large (gets here on Monday... sigh). I sat on a large at a local shop, and thought it felt great. I may have been able to make an XL work, but the large felt pretty similar to my current bike, and so I went for it.

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    Thank you guys, really appreciate it.

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    Any idea how long the pivot bearings are lasting on these bikes?

    I see Kona is mentioning in their literature/website that they have really oversized pivots, because they test them/develop them up in the PNW. So I'm curious what sort of longevity people have been getting out of them.

    Also, I don't see anything about the crank length on these on their website. Do you guys know?

    Maybe I'm just killing time, as its ideal riding weather this weekend, and my bike doesn't get here until Monday...

    Thanks everyone .

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    Quote Originally Posted by ocnLogan View Post
    Any idea how long the pivot bearings are lasting on these bikes?

    I see Kona is mentioning in their literature/website that they have really oversized pivots, because they test them/develop them up in the PNW. So I'm curious what sort of longevity people have been getting out of them.

    Also, I don't see anything about the crank length on these on their website. Do you guys know?

    Maybe I'm just killing time, as its ideal riding weather this weekend, and my bike doesn't get here until Monday...

    Thanks everyone .
    The bearings are huge and mine have survived the Trans NZ and Trans BC multi day enduros (both had rainy days), the whistler enduro and 14 months of riding. Still smoothly rotating when I checked them last.

    The stock cranks on my M were 175 but I left them in the shop and got 170s put on before I took it home. I have hobbit legs though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyRdWarrior View Post
    @toodles, how would you say the DPX2 feels in comparison to the Deluxe or other on the Kona? Any pics?

    It would be nice if Kona allowed for upgrades and more custom combinations on their bikes but weíll see after riding one soon hopefully; testing out both 27.5/29.
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    I think the Super Deluxe is pretty decent from what I've heard, but the Deluxe RT was crap. No LSC adjuster on it, and the rebound adjuster made the compression change feel. The DPX is nicely made and seems super reliable. Fitting it was no issue, even though I went with the 2.5mm extra shaft travel which should give the bike around 160mm of rear wheel travel. That size trunnion goes all the way to 65mm travel, but I think the wheel will hit the frame if I did that.

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    I think the Super Deluxe is pretty decent from what I've heard, but the Deluxe RT was crap. No LSC adjuster on it, and the rebound adjuster made the compression change feel. The DPX is nicely made and seems super reliable. Fitting it was no issue, even though I went with the 2.5mm extra shaft travel which should give the bike around 160mm of rear wheel travel. That size trunnion goes all the way to 65mm travel, but I think the wheel will hit the frame if I did that.
    @toodles good info on the DPX2; Iíve ridden 5 diff demo bikes and def like the adjustability and simplicity of that shock vs the X2.

    I went to the LBS to hop over a cpl bikes this weekend and the Medium 27.5 153 is def too small for a guy my size (5í11 260); 30inseam. I am not a big fan of the Rockshox fork/shock combo and even when buying the 153 CR/DL frame youíve gotta go with a Rockshox shock.

    When l moved over to the 29er Large fit pretty well, almost able to stand flat footed over the top tube but just wish that seat would get lower...they suggested the OneUp post to solve this. They have both med and large 29er for demo and will throw down some $ For a demo soon. I think the cockpit on the Kona was just a bit bigger than the Ripmo. The Kona didnít feel as big as the large Ripmo which fits me pretty well. l built up a Ripmo last night online with XTR Trail brakes, heavy duty Grade 300 I9 wheels, Fox suspension and a GX/X01 build within $150 of the Kona high end build CR/DL 29er so for that l think l may have to go with the Ripmo but going to travel a cpl hours soon to try out a RM Instinct BC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyRdWarrior View Post
    @toodles good info on the DPX2; Iíve ridden 5 diff demo bikes and def like the adjustability and simplicity of that shock vs the X2.
    The X2 air can is so big they don't ramp up very much even full of spacers, which may be an issue for larger/more aggressive riders on the Kona.

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    I am in need of some advice. I am looking at the 2018 29er AL DL process 153. I am coming off of a large steel honzo. My question is what size should I go with? I am 6'2" and 210lbs. I am at the end of the large frame and beginning of the xl per kona. I like the feel of my large honzo but have never rode a modern full suspension.

    Last question, I live in western NC and want to make sure I don't purchase a lead slead when it come to climbing. I understand it will not be like my hard tail but how does the 153 climb?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Will Ritchie, the BikeMag editor who is 6'1 loved the fit of L Process :

    "Rarely do we hear the word 'fit' and think about a mountain bike's capability [...] The Kona Process 153 CR/DL 29 fit me like a glove. I'm 6-foot-1, gangly, have a short torso and long legs. When I stand up straight, I'm still in the riding position. Mike Ferrentino is normally proportioned. It fit him perfectly too." Though, I don't know how tall Mike Ferrentino is.

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    For over a year I've been on a 2018 AL/DL 153 in 27.5 and it's been great. I'm 6'4" so XL was a no brainer. I ride tight/tech NE single track and for a big bike it does well in tight sections with the 27.5 wheels. It's stellar in the rocky/rooty trails and powers over obstacles well...so much better than any bike I've ever had. I would have gone with 29 if my typical terrain was more open but I'm really happy with the 27.5.

    Regarding your question on L vs XL...as usual it depends on what you're typical riding is like. I can tell you the XL is a HUGE bike with the 27.5" wheels...obviously will be even bigger with 29's. I look up at tip of front tire when standing bike upright. I have to mount it 'kitty-corner' in my 6'4" pickup bed to close tailgate. A buddy just picked up a 2018 Jeffsy 29er in Large and the Kona is an inch or so longer. Also of note, when I uncrated XL the fork tube comes pre-cut so I had no adjustment to raise bars/stem. I eventually picked up a Renthal Fatbar with 40mm rise to take excessive weight off hands/wrists with seat up high enough for full leg extension on climbs. If you have long legs you may need to do the same. I also added an MRP bash guard which is needed around here.

    Despite it's size (and heft) it really climbs great. It puts power down well and stays planted...at least as good or better than my 26" Heckler it replaced. The honeymoon is over and I still love this bike for all-round riding (no shuttles or lift serviced terrain). I do plenty of climbing but probably don't have as many extended climbs like you may in NC. If you are a weight weeny, this bike would NOT be for you because it tips scales at 32-33lbs.
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    I'm about 1/2" taller than you and am on an XL 2018 AL/DL 29er. I love it, but i like the feel of big bikes. That said, if I lived someplace with tight trails and switchbacks, I might go with a Lg. The XL is very stable at speed but that nearly 50" wheelbase can get to be a handful on slow speed technical areas. The Lg is 1.5" shorter in wheelbase and 1.4" shorter in reach and effective top tube length (the effect of the head angle and the increased stack height is the reason for the difference between the 1.5 in the WB and the 1.4 in the reach.) If I were in between sizes I'd definitely find a way to sit on them and evaluate your local terrain and preferences.
    Regarding the climbing - these bikes work very well. The geo just puts you in a great position to motor up climbs. If there's a downside, it's the weight - these bikes aren't light. Mine is 35# with beefy tires on SC Reserve wheels with the stock (heavy) drivetrain and handlebars. I'm sure my bike could be 32# with some different choices in those departments but 32# still isn't light compared to a lot of bikes out there. I don't worry too much about it since I'm 30# or 40# overweight anyway. Those lbs around my belly are doing a lot more to hold me back on climbs that 3, 5, or even 10 lbs on the bike are.

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    I've been eyeing the same great deal. I'm 6' tall and thinking large. What size did you go with? T

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    I am leaning towards the large to keep it playful and not to long. The reach will be the same as my Honzo.

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    Ok I pulled the trigger on the Large 2018 29er AL DL 153 from Jenson. They price match so if anyone is in the market shoot me a message and I will send you a link to save some more $$ on what i think is a great deal to begin with.

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    Congrats. Don't forget to post some feedback, how it fits, how it feels etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Preence View Post
    Congrats. Don't forget to post some feedback, how it fits, how it feels etc
    Will do!

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    Dedicated Kona 153 29er forum-181220-pjk-324-1280x853.jpg

    Somebody recognizes what size Process she holds?

    This is Miranda Miller, 5'9.

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    Somebody recognizes what size Process she holds?

    This is Miranda Miller, 5'9.
    My guess is size L since she can fit a regular sized water bottle.

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    It looks like L size to me too, not 100% sure though.

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    Took my '18 AL 29'er on its first ride yesterday .

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    I snuck away from from work and took a long lunch yesterday, and only managed to ride for ~35 min (3.5 miles, 600ft elevation gain). Wish I had time for more, but its way better than nothing.

    First thoughts, after coming from a 7 yr old hardtail... is that its way different. Besides the rear suspension, I was also trying to get used to the dropper (which is having issues returning to full height with one lever press. It stops about 10-20mm short after one press, then comes back up on the second), like 120mm wider bars, different shifter setup, etc.

    I'm sure I'll adjust to it. Its just a lot of changes all at once, and literally only one decent so far under my belt to get used to it. But, the upside, is I hit, and cleared every feature on the trail first go... which hasn't happened before, so the results are promising .

    Also, I see that earlier in the thread that someone checked in their AL/DL for volume spacers in the rear. Has anyone checked to see if the normal AL has any volume spacers preinstalled?

    The trail I rode was pretty flowy, with a small jump. I was at ~30% sag on the rear, and 25% on the front. According to the o ring on the shock, I used all the rear travel, twice (I re-set it after the jump). So I'm thinking some volume reducers will be in order back there. I'm just not sure if it already has some, or if I'll have to resort to less sag.

    The fork I only used ~75% or so travel, which seems more appropriate.

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    It's a medium what Miranda Miller rides, confirmation from the first hand -official FB Kona bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ocnLogan View Post
    Took my '18 AL 29'er on its first ride yesterday .

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    I snuck away from from work and took a long lunch yesterday, and only managed to ride for ~35 min (3.5 miles, 600ft elevation gain). Wish I had time for more, but its way better than nothing.

    First thoughts, after coming from a 7 yr old hardtail... is that its way different. Besides the rear suspension, I was also trying to get used to the dropper (which is having issues returning to full height with one lever press. It stops about 10-20mm short after one press, then comes back up on the second), like 120mm wider bars, different shifter setup, etc.

    I'm sure I'll adjust to it. Its just a lot of changes all at once, and literally only one decent so far under my belt to get used to it. But, the upside, is I hit, and cleared every feature on the trail first go... which hasn't happened before, so the results are promising .

    Also, I see that earlier in the thread that someone checked in their AL/DL for volume spacers in the rear. Has anyone checked to see if the normal AL has any volume spacers preinstalled?

    The trail I rode was pretty flowy, with a small jump. I was at ~30% sag on the rear, and 25% on the front. According to the o ring on the shock, I used all the rear travel, twice (I re-set it after the jump). So I'm thinking some volume reducers will be in order back there. I'm just not sure if it already has some, or if I'll have to resort to less sag.

    The fork I only used ~75% or so travel, which seems more appropriate.
    My AL came with one token, I fitted another and it was spot on (im 90kg)

    My dropper also needed quite a bit more air from new, bit of a pain as you have to remove the saddle

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimbers View Post
    My AL came with one token, I fitted another and it was spot on (im 90kg)

    My dropper also needed quite a bit more air from new, bit of a pain as you have to remove the saddle
    Thanks for the info sir!

    My fully geared up riding weight is nearly identical to yours, so this is very helpful to hear.

    Last night I discovered that I must have set my sag while the compression lockout was still partially engaged (rookie mistake :/), so I was running more sag than I thought I was (was actually closer to 40-45%... *sigh*...)

    I've adjusted it now(~28% without my full riding kit, should put me in the ballpark after I throw on my backpack/water/helmet/etc), and will take it out for another test run, and see how it feels. And if I'm still using lots of travel, will likely get another spacer and install it like you have done.

    My dropper also came WAYY low in pressure. It calls for 220-250 psi or something like that, and mine out of the box was at ~110 psi or so. I'm up in the 230-240 range now IIRC, and it springs up nicely ... until about the last 20-30mm of travel. Then it comes to a stop. If I leave the cable actuated, it kind of pauses for a second, then more slowly returns to full height taking maybe another second. Or if I release the cable ,and then press it again, it skips the first pause, but then does the same "slower than the first 90% of travel" return speed.

    It just seems weird that it doesn't return all the way all at once, and instead gets close, pauses, and then goes the rest of the way. Any idea what could be causing that? Its my first dropper post, so I'm still new to troubleshooting these.

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    Try loosening your seat post clamp and see if that helps with the dropper issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimbers View Post
    My AL came with one token, I fitted another and it was spot on (im 90kg)

    My dropper also needed quite a bit more air from new, bit of a pain as you have to remove the saddle
    That's weird. my AL (Black frame with teal color version) came with 2 tokens in my Deluxe shock (just did my 50-hr service the other week). I'm on XL - maybe different amount of token for different frame size?

    Yes, my dropper needed a lot more psi when I first got it. It's been working great for a cheap dropper.
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    So, I just went out and loosened my seat post clamp. It does return a bit better, but still more sluggish on the last bit. Perhaps the pressure is still a bit too low. But thanks for the tip. I didn't think the seat post was that tight, but apparently it was.

    Also, I don't think I can go looser on the clamp, as when I do loosen it up, I get the saddle rotating in the seatpost. Maybe I need to get a torque wrench to make sure I'm not overdoing it in the future.

    EDIT: Also, for you guys that have different numbers of tokens in the same model (2018, AL, 29'er), is there space for more? Right now I'm thinking I may just need one more than what I currently have. I just don't know if I have any at the moment, as I haven't opened it up at all :/.

    So as long as one, or possibly two more would fit, its not a big deal.

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    you can fit up to 3 bottomless tokens, or 1 gnar + 2 bottomless tokens. If you go with gnar, make sure you install that first before installing additional bottomless. 1 Gnar equals 2.5 bottomless.
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    Just got mine. Shop took better photos than me. Just need snow to melt.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs0ugDlnK-7/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=18ffe5a0orm9j

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    Beaut. Large frame?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RooR View Post
    Just got mine. Shop took better photos than me. Just need snow to melt.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs0ugDln...=18ffe5a0orm9j
    Congrats, you will love it. Best bike I've ever ridden / owned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Staktup View Post
    Thanks guys. I'm gonna try a 170 with shims on my Med frame and will report back.
    Well, I got the One Up 170 post and did not have to use shims at all. Compared to my Fox Transfer 150, it fits me perfectly but there are a few inches of the lower post housing sticking up; the collar is not flush at the clamp but I'm just glad I don;t have to monkey around with anything. The Transfer is now up for sale...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spooledup View Post
    Ok I pulled the trigger on the Large 2018 29er AL DL 153 from Jenson. They price match so if anyone is in the market shoot me a message and I will send you a link to save some more $$ on what i think is a great deal to begin with.
    Thanks for the tip, Spooledup, I ordered my large AL on Monday! And I was beyond stoked to see the new coil option that Marzocchi announced today - https://reviews.mtbr.com/marzocchi-b...shock-launched.

    I'll give the stock Deluxe a shot but I'm pretty sure I'll be riding this coil by summertime.

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    Budget Marzo coil looks intriguing, esp. if you can get lighter coils for them since the bike is heavvvvy. I am running a new X2 that I got new for just a little more than a new marzo + spring and I see Ohlins and other used trunnions to give plenty of options. Keep us posted if you get one though!

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    Dedicated Kona 153 29er forum

    Hi!
    I have put in my bike a new formula cura 4 brake

    But I have a little problem

    The old brake hose passes in the bottom of the rear shox, but iím put the new brake hose outside the frame because i havenít a bleeding kit

    This is a problem?

    The formula cura 4 is amazing brake!
    Made in italy and absolutely powerfull brake


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    Anyone thought of converting the 27. 5 to the 29 with a few adjustments.


    https://youtu.be/iukGno-KFyY

    I really like that color combo but not sure about the geometry after
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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyRdWarrior View Post
    Anyone thought of converting the 27. 5 to the 29 with a few adjustments.


    https://youtu.be/iukGno-KFyY

    I really like that color combo but not sure about the geometry after
    My personal opinion is that it makes the geometry less than optimal. Now that there is a true 29" version I don't know why anyone would stick those wheels on a 27.5 Process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brunopiru View Post
    Hi!
    I have put in my bike a new formula cura 4 brake

    But I have a little problem

    The old brake hose passes in the bottom of the rear shox, but iím put the new brake hose outside the frame because i havenít a bleeding kit

    This is a problem?



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    You can just depressurise the shock & unbolt the lower mount


    But it will fine running it outside the shock

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimbers View Post
    You can just depressurise the shock & unbolt the lower mount


    But it will fine running it outside the shock
    Iím not sure if the caliper running insidie the lower mount




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    A couple questions for those who ordered one of these from Jenson:

    (1) Do the wheels come set up tubeless?

    (2) Were spare volume spacers included for the Yari?

    TIA

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnroyal View Post
    A couple questions for those who ordered one of these from Jenson:

    (1) Do the wheels come set up tubeless?

    (2) Were spare volume spacers included for the Yari?

    TIA
    1) Mine did not come set up tubeless but it did include a pair of valve stems.

    2) Two extra volume spacers were included.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brunopiru View Post
    Iím not sure if the caliper running insidie the lower mount




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    I did the same thing on mine. After i took the stock Level T brakes (which was routed under the rear shock mount), i routed my new hope brake lines on the outside so i don't need to disassemble the brake line. Works fine either way - just aesthetic more than anything. Both my rear brake line and shifter housing are now on the "outside" vs. going "under" the rear shock mount.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bim6180 View Post
    I did the same thing on mine. After i took the stock Level T brakes (which was routed under the rear shock mount), i routed my new hope brake lines on the outside so i don't need to disassemble the brake line. Works fine either way - just aesthetic more than anything. Both my rear brake line and shifter housing are now on the "outside" vs. going "under" the rear shock mount.
    Thank you!
    Grazie!
    Whit my new brake finally my ride itís more funny !

    The sram brake itís not a good brake for me


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    Quote Originally Posted by jnroyal View Post
    A couple questions for those who ordered one of these from Jenson:

    (1) Do the wheels come set up tubeless?

    (2) Were spare volume spacers included for the Yari?

    TIA
    Mine came tubeless set up but with tubes, tubeless valves were included in the spare parts box, as well as two tokens for the Yari.

    Regardong the drop post, came almost empty of air, only 100 psi, recommended 220 to 250

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    Quote Originally Posted by antoniope View Post
    Mine came tubeless set up but with tubes, tubeless valves were included in the spare parts box, as well as two tokens for the Yari.

    Regardong the drop post, came almost empty of air, only 100 psi, recommended 220 to 250
    That's just how mine came as well. Although, I haven't verified that the wheels have tape, as I haven't pulled the tube and converted to tubeless yet. Had the valves, and the tokens as described.

    My dropper was also really low on air. Maybe about 100-120psi.

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    Do you know the weight of a original weelset?
    I have a formula hubs and wtb i29 rims ( not the KOM )


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    Hey guys! just picked up a size large from Jenson. Been riding for about two weeks and it rips! The wheels are definitely heavy though. In the mean time, I snagged a DVO Topaz for it. Stoked to see how it goes this weekend. It is currently 62.5mm stroke and clearance is fine. I may detune it to the original 60mm if I encounter any problems or notice it pedals worse.

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    What's your height, barefootdan, if you don't mind me asking. How is the fit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Preence View Post
    What's your height, barefootdan, if you don't mind me asking. How is the fit?
    6'1" and 34" inseam. Fits great! I put a 35mm riser bar so far.

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    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barefootdan View Post
    6'1" and 34" inseam. Fits great! I put a 35mm riser bar so far.
    For reference, I"m the same height as barefootdan, with maybe a touch shorter inseam (I haven't actually measured it, but I wear 32-34" inseam pants, so I'm probably ballpark close).

    I feel that the large fits me great. The steerer tube seems to be cut pretty short. I had 2 spacers under mine, and one on top, but the top spacer wasn't actually on the steer tube, it was just floating. So I couldn't really increase the effective stack height much that way.

    I got a 38mm riser bar, and that seems to be an improvement. To be fair though, I've really only got two rides on it so far. One before with the stock bars, and one afterwards.

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    Good to hear. At 5'9 the Med is the way to go. Already convinced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Preence View Post
    Good to hear. At 5'9 the Med is the way to go. Already convinced.
    Iím tall 179 cm and got size L, for my opinion size perfectly


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    Been riding my Process for several months now, and was wondering if anyone else has switched out to the Magura MT5 brakes. The Guide R's just dont cut it for me.

    Also for sizing, Im 6'3" and and riding a large, it feels just right for me as I felt too stretched out on the XL. But I also grew up casually riding BMX stlye bikes so that might play a factor is why I like the feeling of the size.

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    Does anyone know the weight of the AL build wheelset? They feel mega heavy and probably my next upgrade

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    Quote Originally Posted by barefootdan View Post
    Does anyone know the weight of the AL build wheelset? They feel mega heavy and probably my next upgrade
    I donít have the weight, but when I upgraded to dt Swiss 471 with hope hub for rear, it didnít feel lighter from just lifting it. Not scientific, I know. But will give you an idea. Carbon wheels might be different.

    The ride quality, however, is different. Feels more solid.

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