The Kona Process Bike-Line has caused enthusiasm among testers of the trade press, bike professionals and hobby pilots alike. At a time when trail and enduro bikes are increasingly made of carbon, Kona's aluminium process convinces with its inner values. The very stiff frames with a comparatively simple rear end and the strongly sloping top tube do not only claim to have a modern and aggressive geometry. They have anticipated the development. With very long top tube and wheelbase, really short rear and flat steering angle, they have an impressive handling in all suspension travel variants and seem to blossom really the more the trail goes to the point.
The Kona Process 134 uses 29" wheels and offers 134 mm rear travel in combination with a 140 mm Rock Shox Recon RL Motion at the front. Moderate values on paper and also crisp enough in practice to make single trail junkies fun even uphill. Once you have arrived at the start of the downhill, just click on the remote lever of the lowerable support and take a deep breath to allow bikes with considerably more suspension travel to return to a cloud of dust. The long, flat and deep geometry of the Process 134 and the efficient rear end reward an aggressive riding style and convey a real enduro bike feeling on the descent.
Like all Process models limited to the front derailleur-less drive, the Process 134 uses a 1x12 Sram x01 drive and the proven Sram Stopper. With Maxxis tyres, WTB and Kona parts, the Process 134 is ready for action-packed trail rides right from the start.
Rocker Independent Suspension
Different riders have different needs, but trail and enduro riders need a lot of everything - both the best downhill performance and efficient climbing power. With the Rocker independent suspension, Kona found a healthy balance between uphill and downhill. Kona have designed a suspension platform that is compact and as low as possible on the frame, allowing for maximum standover, stability and manoeuvrability. A consistent lever set curve that cushions perfect loads and a stable pedal platform gives the rider a predictable feel throughout the ride.
12 x 142 mm rear axle
12 x 142 mm, 12 x 148 and 12 x 157 rear axle standards offer two main advantages for Kona riders: the 12 mm diameter of the rear axle ensures maximum stability on the rear hub and frame, while the 142/148/157 mm outer diameter of the hub ensures that the wheel is fast and correctly positioned in the frame before the rear axle can be used. From 2016, the 12 x 148 standard will be available as a mix, especially on the new Honzo series. 12 x 148 offers more tyre clearance on the chainstay, while the rear wheel is more stable and durable than a 12 x 142 thru axle.