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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 →


Lightest & Strongest DH Bike – Santa Cruz all-carbon V10 is the bike to beat

Santa Cruz recently announced the debut of their all new, all-carbon V10 downhill bike. Sure, we’ve tested the carbon V10 before, but that version has an aluminum rear end. This new bike features a carbon rear end, co-developed with Enve Composites, and an all new carbon front triangle and carbon rocker. How light is it? With a RockShox Vivid Air on the back end, you’re looking at less than seven pounds. Yeah, holy crap, indeed. And before you jump to the conclusion that anything that light can’t ever be strong enough to race DH, consider this: the Santa Cruz Syndicate raced the entire 2012 season aboard this chassis.

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2013 SRAM XX1 Family – 11 Speed + More

SRAM sent along some pictures along with a few details of thier new XX1 family of components.  Aimed at the 1x setup, this new family of components is aimed at enduro and xc riders.

SRAM’s details are still a bit cyrptic but a few details can be extrapolated from the details they’ve sent out.