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Kona Carbon Operator DH

Kona has long been known as the blue collar bike brand, which is no accident. The company was built on offering extremely reliable bikes at affordable prices. Sure, at times, Kona has left out some bells and whistles in order to do so, and they’ve often been a bit heavy, but being the lightest or the flashiest brand on the block has never been Kona’s mission. Kona has traditionally focused on making bikes that ride well and last forever, something we can all appreciate.

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2013 Review – Kona Process DL

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 →

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Kona Process DL – ride review

Kona’s designer Chris Mandell knew it was time to hit hard with a newly designed frame and fresh approach towards pinning the downhill and cruising the climbs, especially with the current boom in gravity enduro riding. After his impressive work on the Kona Operator, we couldn’t wait to get our grubby mitts on the Process.

Ride & handling: Fast and stable downhill machine

The Process climbed extremely well for a bike that feels so capable on the downs, with minimal shock movement even with it was left fully open. The top tube length offers enough room to remain comfy when getting the power down, but the slack head angle and high front end can make it tricky to keep the front wheel on the ground when the ups get steep – this is when the DPA adjustment on the fork comes into play, although we tended not to use it that much. Continue Reading →

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