For most of the testers, the Kona Process DL felt like a return to form for Kona, which built its reputation on bikes that are low on flash and big on function. Kona has gone with a simple and straightforward design philosophy with this bike, concentrating on the things that really matter rather than funky gizmos. Simple, however, doesn’t equate to low-tech.
Every feature on the trail felt more doable on the Kona. In the strictest sense of the word, the Process DL was certainly the most all-mountain of the bikes we had on test. Sure, it wasn’t the most lithe bike on the climbs, but all-mountain bikes are all about getting there and then maximizing fun and thrills on the way back down, and the Kona’s bomber construction and aggressive angles made it battle-worthy once gravity seized control.
There are no obvious flaws in the design, either—bottle-cage mounts, a tapered steerer, 142×12 rear axle, a RockShox Stealth dropperpost, 66-degree head angle and a travel-adjust fork to reel it in on climbs. It’s a really clean bike.
KONA PROCESS DL
Weight: 30.8 pounds
There are lots of nice, subtle features, like the routing of the rear brake line on top of the downtube instead of the bottom, making it less likely you’ll sever it with trail shrapnel. Someone was sweating the details on this bike.
Testers liked the fact that the Kona Process DL came equipped with a tunable Monarch Plus shock. Simply remove the volume spacers from the high-volume sleeve, and you can tune the shock’s progressivity. Thumbs up, Kona.
We also loved having the big, beefy Lyrik fork and man-width bars to stand behind. Avid Trail X0 brakes and a simple SRAM X0 2×10 drivetrain with Type 2 derailleur finish the build nicely; there really aren’t any weak links.
This Kona is a stout bike that makes riders feel far more proficient on the trail.
Want more information on the Kona Process DL? Go to www.konaworld.com
(Via BIKE Magazine, By Seb Kemp.)