After a couple of rides, we increased the air pressure in the shock
to 25 percent and stayed there for the duration of our test. More
aggressive riders might want to fine-tune the air volume in both
the fork and shock; however, for riders who simply want to set it
and forget it, the stock tune works quite well.
Climbing: This iteration of the Process climbs better than previous models thanks to the geometry changes. That doesn’t make it
a cross-country bike, but it certainly gets you to the top of the hill
quicker. Out of the saddle, the frame was stiff and responded to
our pedaling efforts. The steep seat tube angle allowed us to push
our weight forward to crawl over rooted and rocky climbs.
Descending: On wide-open, high-speed trails, the Process
tracked the trail like a cheetah chasing a gazelle. The only difference was it could also hunt down any bonus lines it could find
along the way. It’s a quick but confidence-inspiring bike. On slow,
technical rock slabs, the suspension transformed the bike into a
capable rock crawler that tracked the terrain effortlessly, further
improving our confidence. The Process is deceptively quick and
is more than capable of plowing over technical bits of trail but is
playful enough to let riders pick their way through.
Cornering: The Process is a corner-ripping machine that can
be whipped through switchbacks or groomed corners confidently.
The low standover allowed our test riders to lean the bike over
comfortably and push hard into the suspension and aggressive
tread that the Maxxis Minion tires provided.
TRICKS, TIPS OR UPGRADES?
Some riders may want to go for slightly narrower handlebars,
but this will be based on their specific fit needs. If you like to tinker with every aspect of your suspension, the new linkage on the
Process is full of small surprises that will show off the versatility of
All the range: Kona went all in with SRAM Eagle drivetrains
on the Process line, with our test bike getting an X01 build kit.
Up front is a 34-tooth chainring that Kona spec’d specifically
to give the bike more anti-squat for a more efficient pedaling
Long awaited: While the first-generation Process was a very
capable and fun bike to ride, it was lacking a water bottle cage
in the main frame. The Process 153 has room for a bottle cage
and uses a slightly updated geometry.