Kona Bicycle Co. (USA) – Kona Bicycle introduced the first major revision of their popular Process platform: the Process G2. "The Process has a long history of dominating the descents, and with this new design, now has climbing manners more commonly attributed to shorter-travel bikes. No switches to flip, just pedal up efficiently, then smash the descent", shared the company.
"The Kona Process is synonymous with progression, and we haven’t been resting on our laurels. Process G2 represents an evolution of that game-changing platform, featuring an updated suspension design with superior pedaling performance, larger bearings for improved stiffness, and an all-new carbon or aluminum frame. Standover remains low, chainstays are short, and we increased the seatpost insertion depth so riders of all sizes can benefit from longer travel droppers. Did we mention it fits a water bottle? No? It fits a water bottle. Yeah, we did that. Because we love you", they added.
An all-new carbon frame is at the heart of the Process G2 project. Kona used a vertically-oriented, trunnion-mounted metric shock to achieve the ride characteristics they desired while accommodating a water bottle inside the front triangle. All Process bikes use bearings at all pivots, including big 20mm ID bearings at the main and rocker pivots and a new 3-piece locking pivot axle design.
The carbon frame features the same internal routing and cable access port introduced with their Hei Hei Trail platform, while aluminum frames use external routing. All models feature an aluminum chainstay for durability. "We worked hard to improve the platform’s ride characteristics without sacrificing the durability and playfulness the Process has come to be known for", continues Kona.
Three Frames, Two Wheel Sizes, Seven New Process Models:
With two materials and two wheel sizes spanning three distinct frame platforms, the Process G2 is a well-rounded range of aggressive trail bikes. The Process 153 27.5 and 29 share fit characteristics and frame geometry. The Process 165 is more focused on descending, but climbs surprisingly well for a long travel platform. Framesets are available in Process 153 27.5 carbon and aluminum, Process 153 29, and Process 165.
Video: The All New Kona Process G2: Development Story and Technical Details:
Video: Process G2 - Built With Purpose: