WHO ARE THEY MADE FOR?
Kona is a brand that understands pushing your bike to
its limits. Many members of the design crew at Kona have
a strong background in downhill riding, and it shows in
their trailbike designs, which feel more like mini downhill
rigs than beefed-up cross-country bikes. The Process 134
and the Precept DL are designed for trail riders who need a
versatile rig for a little bit of everything on the trail but one
that is still tough enough to hammer descents and keep coming back for more.
WHAT ARE THEY MADE FROM?
Process: The Process 134 features an aluminum frame
with 5. 3 inches of Kona’s Rocker independent suspension
design, a departure from their long-standing Walking Beam
suspension design. The frame features a tapered head tube,
142x12-millimeter rear axle, Press-Fit bottom bracket and
oversized linkage bearings for durability.
Precept: Like the Process, the Precept features an aluminum frame with a tapered head tube and 142x12-millimeter
rear axle. It has 5. 2 inches of rear-wheel travel and uses
Kona’s new Swinger independent suspension design—also
with oversized linkage bearings for durability, even in wet
and muddy Pacific Northwest conditions.
WHICH COMPONENTS STAND OUT?
Process: The Process comes equipped with a Shimano/
SRAM 2x10 drivetrain with a Shimano SLX Shadow Plus
rear derailleur for improved chain management. The KS
Eten R dropper post is a welcome addition. Maxxis Ardent
tires come spec’ed on both Kona models and are a great
option for our loose-over-hardpack conditions.
Precept: While an entry-level model, the Precept comes
with the same suspension components as the more expensive Process, with a RockShox Sektor air-sprung fork and
Monarch R rear shock. The WTB and Shimano wheelsets
feature centerlock brake rotors and hydraulic disc brakes.
Process: The Process line employs Kona’s trail sizing and
fit, which are designed to make their bikes more capable in
technical terrain while maintaining a balance between climbing and descending. This design utilizes a longer top tube
with a shorter stem, a slack head angle and short chainstays
to help balance the longer wheelbase created by the lengthened top tube. While the stem is a mere 40 millimeters, the
overall feel from the saddle is still very balanced on the bike.
Additionally, Kona designed the Process to have a very low
Precept: While the Precept’s geometry is similar to that
of the Process, it’s a different beast. The Swinger suspension
doesn’t allow for the super-low standover height, but it is still
perfectly reasonable. The Precept’s top tube is shorter than
the Process’, but the length is made up for with a slightly longer 60-millimeter stem. Like the Process, the Precept features
a 29.1-inch-wide handlebar, which should be plenty wide for
most riders. The Precept’s saddle position is very similar to
that of the Process.
Process: Kona’s new Rocker suspension design provides a
much more stable pedaling platform than their Walking Beam
design of old. This is aimed at aggressive riders and enduro
racers who aren’t only worried about descending quickly but