Kona Process 2014: First Ride from Fiss, Austria

The Process 134 is the middle ground between the 111’s nimble trail nature and the 153’s downhill ability.

Kona Process 134.

For a bike of its suspension travel the 134’s similarity to its bigger brother states aggressive intentions and my immediate reaction was that this could be the bike of the range for UK riders who like to throw the bike around a bit and play with the trail. Its sturdy, low-slung frame and supple, yet composed, suspension combine to make this one hell of a bike. Yes, on first glance it is very similar to its bigger brother, but the shorter travel and steeper 68º head angle give the bike a sharper, snappier ride character that will better befit the lower gradient of UK hillsides. If you ride hard and on steeper terrain you will probably be more interested in the 153.

Process 134 vitals

Four sizes: S, M, L, XL
27.5-inch wheels
6061 Aluminium butted tubing
134mm rear suspension travel
14.66kg (13.85kg DL version)
68º head angle

Component highlights

RockShox Sektor Air 140mm travel fork
RockShox Monarch R rear shock
Shimano Deore cranks
SRAM X5 front mech, Shimano SLX Shadow rear
Shimano Deore brakes and shifters
WTB rims on Shimano Deore hubs
Maxxis Ardent tyres front and rear
KS Eten R dropper seatpost

Price: £2,199
More information: Kona Process 134

Process 134 DL

At £2,999 the 134 DL is worth splashing out for; it’s still inexpensive for such a capable bike. For your money you upgrade to Shimano XT mech and SLX brakes and cranks, a KS Super Natural dropper post and Shimano SLX hubs on WTB tubeless compatible rims.


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