BIKE TEST / KONA PROCESS 153
handlebars halfway down to get our weight a little lower. With the
fit dialed in, our test riders were blown away by how balanced
the geometry felt, especially once they hit the dirt.
Suspension setup: One of the goals for
the Process was to make the setup
easy to understand for riders who don’t
“geek” out over suspension. They hit
the mark. Setup is easy.
We set the sag at 30 percent in the
shock with three clicks of rebound
damping. In the fork, we ran 20-percent
sag with one Bottomless token.
main pivot on the seat tube was also pushed forward to allow for
a deeper insertion for longer dropper posts. Each frame gets a
size-specific dropper, with our size large getting a 170-millime-
ter-travel RockShox Reverb. Kona kept the tire clearance on the
rear triangle to 2. 5 inches with Boost spacing. The underside of
the downtube has built-in guards to protect it from rock strikes
and other trail debris.
Compared to the first generation, the new Process has a
completely revamped suspension design called Beamer that takes
cues from a four-bar design. The Beamer suspension uses a
trunnion-mounted shock that has been tuned for a dedicated
balance of pedaling support and progressiveness. For the linkage,
Kona uses a massive 20-millimeter main pivot bearing similar to
the one used on its downhill bikes for added durability. With the
move to the new suspension and shock design, Kona was able to
make room in the main frame for a water-bottle cage.
WHICH COMPONENTS STAND OUT?
The Process CR/DL comes with all the right fancy parts,
including a suspension package from RockShox. The Super Deluxe
shock is simple to set up and allows for enough adjustment. More
technically oriented riders will have plenty to tinker with. Up front,
the Lyrik fork was supple and gave our test riders plenty of support
when the trail got rowdy. Kona spec’d WTB’s new Asym i29 rims,
which added to the burly, durable feel of the Process. The SRAM
Eagle drivetrain gave our test riders plenty of gearing to choose
from and shifted consistently during our testing.
HOW DOES IT PERFORM?
Moving out: The Process G2 has a very
progressive geometry with a long front
center, short chainstays and an
Swinging a leg over
our test bike, the wide
Revamped linkage: Moving forward, Kona updated the
Process linkage with a massive rocker link with trunnion
mounts. The Process uses the same oversized 20-millimeter
main pivot as the Operator for added durability.