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. Continue Reading →