2014 Kona Process 134 DL

UPDATED 4-14-14

The new year is here and time to start reviewing the best bikes of the upcoming season.

Starting out we reviewed Santa Cruz who is pushing to get back in the game of mountain bikes.

One company that has always is Kona, So far this year they have not disappointed.  the 2014 Kona Process 134 is a sweet bike.

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What are the Specs:Kona-process-134

Frame Material Kona 6061 Aluminum Butted 134mm Travel
Sizes S, M, L, XL
Rear Shock RockShox Monarch RT
Fork RockShox Revelation RL Solo Air 140mm QR15 Tapered
Crankarms Shimano SLX
Chainrings 24/38t
B/B Shimano Press Fit 92
Pedals n/a
Chain Shimano Deore
Freewheel Shimano Deore 11-36 10 spd
Chainguide n/a
F/D Sram X7
R/D Shimano XT Shadow Plus
Shifters Shimano SLX
Brake Calipers Shimano SLX
Front Brake Rotor Shimano 180mm (centerlock)
Rear Brake Rotor Shimano 160mm (centerlock)
Brake Levers Shimano SLX
Headset FSA Orbit 1.5 ZS No.57E
Handlebar Kona XC/BC Riser
Stem Kona 40mm
Seatpost KS Super Natural Remote
Seat Clamp Kona Clamp
Grips Kona S-LOG
Saddle WTB Volt Team
Front Hub Shimano SLX QR15
Rear Hub Shimano SLX 142x12mm
Spokes Stainless 14g
Rims WTB ST i23 TCS
Front Tire Maxxis Ardent 27.5×2.4″ EXO
Rear Tire Maxxis Ardent 27.5×2.25″ EXO
Paint Color Matt Black & Cyan
Extras n/a

Translate Means: 2014 Kona Process 134 DL

  • Lower center of gravity on rear
  • Short Stem
  • Dialed in perfectly
  • Designed best for middle age person that is not the best rider in the world, but wants a bike that can give them stability and
    confidence on those more technical trails. Some people call it a mini Kona Entourage

Bads
- Shimano HUBS – Guys from Bike Magazine took for some serious testing in southern utah they had a Hub crap out on them. They upgraded and worked beautifully. I am not saying Shimano is in any way bad…. Just maybe not on this bike.
- Weighs 32.5 LBS this weight is LOW centered.
- Rear suspension Has a little work to be done on it. Not the best out there.
Would be better with something like the FOX Float X CTD

DL is the top spec model. ONLY 3600.00
Mid level spec components.
Really fun bike to ride. Truly one you should check out.

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Santa Cruz 5010 R AM Trailbike

If  you ask me who the kings of the Mountain bike industry are, a few of the names that come to mind are:
Kona
Yeti
Santa Cruz

This is my first review of a Santa Cruz Bike, But not my first ride on one. My First REAL bike was a custom built Santa Cruz Bike. It was a 97′ frame. It was Awesome, until I blew out the rear shock….

So . the  2013 Santa Cruz 5010 Trail Bike, comes in to models the Alloy and Carbon.

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We will start with the Specs:

2013 Santa Cruz 5010 Al Features:

  • 125mm VPP™ suspension
  • 27.5″ wheels
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • 142mm rear axle spacing
  • Forged upper and lower links
  • Double sealed pivots with grease ports for low maintenance
  • Collet axle pivots- lock in place without pinch bolts.
  • Angular contact bearings maximize stiffness.
  • Standard or Direct mount rear derailleur option
  • ISCG-05 tabs for chainguide compatibility
  • Stealth and external seatpost cable routing
  • 73mm threaded bb: creak-free riding and easy installation
  • MSRP: $3299 as tested

Good 5010

  • Fun, Nice geometrics for uphill and downhill travel
  • Uniform Solid Parts – Example: SLX Shadow Plus and latest Deore brakes
  • My Favorite Tires : Maxxis High Rollers they grab on and roll over rocks and roots
  • Balanced geometry is suitable for most climbs
  • Short chainstay and extra strut make for an exceptionally stiff rear triangle alot better than the Yeti SB66 setup lots less chance of losing a chain
  • Fox Evo CTD shocks
  • Lifetime bearing guarantee backed up by Santa Cruz’s design know-how
  • Killer graphics
  • Awesome colors, especially on the Carbon frame

Bad 5010

  • Alloy weighs 30.66 pounds, the R AM 27.5 model is hefty on the uphill
  • Shift levers need some breaking in super stiff
  • Fox 32 Evolution fork bobs excessively in Descend mode
  • Fox CTD platform lacks refinement
  • Stock grips suck

If you are familiar with any other Santa Cruz Bikes. The 2013 Santa Cruz 5010 is based of the Bronson Model. They have shaved off a bit of weight and redesigned the chainstay. I feel this is one of the best updates to this bike.

See this bike in action. 

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What Motivates You To Go To Work?

Don’t call us between 11:30 and 1:00. We won’t be here. Every day, weather permitting, we shut our doors, turn on the answering machine and head out for a ride. With the headquarters situated at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, our local trails are just a few pedal stokes away. This daily opportunity to get out and ride is a large part of why many started working here, but at the same time, it allows us to test and refine new models, try out component spec, or just drop the boss on a climb. It is core to the process behind the bikes we design and build. – Yeti

 

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So what is it that motivates you to go to work each day? Have you created this type of relationship with your coworkers? In every field of work there are ways that can continually inspire people to want to come to work each day. Ways to keep them excited about what it is that you do as a company. It is your goal to harness this energy and help everyone to channel it back into their work. Yeti has got the idea for sure. Break for a long lunch and test their products in the process. Lets all take this little video and become inspired to create something like this for our companies.

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Yeti SB66 Carbon Awarded

If you’ve had a chance to ride the game-changing SB66 Carbon, you’re already in on the secret:

2012 SB66C yeti

this is a serious all-mountain machine with 6-inches of amazing bump absorption, dialed geometry, and incredibly efficient pedaling performance. If you haven’t ridden one yet, you don’t have to take our word for it – check out these glowing reviews the press has been giving the 66C lately. With a weight that’s lighter than most of our competition’s 4- and 5-inch travel bikes and strength that’s on par with a freeride machine, it’s no wonder the media has been lining up for test rides.

If you’re ready for your own test ride, contact your Yeti dealer today.

RECENT REVIEWS:

* BIKE MAGAZINE Editor’s Choice
* MOUNTAIN BIKE Editor’s Choice
* BIKE MAGAZINE Bible of Bike Tests
This is going to be my next bike. I got the chance to demo one of these babies last summer in Colorado. It gives you great “travel” for the rough terrains and amazing agility to stay on those tight single tracks.

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Mayflower Gulch – Copper Mountain Colorado

Mayflower Gulch

Distance 7 miles
Rating moderate
Time 1 – 2 hours
Elevation 10,880 – 11,880
Type: Out and back dirt road
Season July to early October

Know before you go: Respect all private property at the begining and end of this ride. Most historic buildings are private
and fragile; please view them from a distance. Some of this ride is above timberline; be prepared for rapidly changing weather.

Parking: Drive west on I-70, taking exit 195 to Copper Mountain. Drive toward Leadville on Hwy 91 for 5.8 miles. Park on the left
in a large parking area.

Description: Follow the dirt road that starts at the end of the parking lot. Take the right fork at a junction and begin a steady
climb along the right side of the gulch. At about 2.3 miles, near timberline, the road passes a fork on the right (it climbs steeply
to a ridge and dead-ends). Continue straight, pass through a gate and ride past the remaining cabins of the historic Boston townsite.
The road climbs toward a spectacular natural amphitheater, veers left and reaches another gate marking private property.
Turn around here and return as you came.

SEE MAP

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Smart TV by Equiso

Turn any TV into a Smart TV.

Yes I really said that. The guys at EQUISO have developed a thumb drive size device that will allow you to plug into the HDMI port on your television and turn it into a android driven TV.

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The Equiso System comes with a unique remote that allows you to control you TV like a wii remote. But is way more than a we remote. This sweet remote has a keyboard on the back of it. This allows you to use your TV truly as a SMART TV.

What is a Smart TV? as defined by Wikipedia: Smart TV, which is also sometimes referred to as “Connected TV” or “Hybrid TV“, is the phrase used to describe the current trend of integration of the internet and Web 2.0 features into modern television sets and set-top boxes, as well as the technological convergence between computers and these television sets / set-top boxes.

Smart TV’s are quite expensive, now with the Equiso Smart TV you can turn any TV into a smart TV.

I was able to play with the prototype this past week. I put it to the test with my kids. My son who is 11 took to it like a duck in water. He plugged it in and instantly start scrolling around. They had angry birds in space in stalled and he started playing that. With the Equiso Smart TV remote he was able to play even angry birds with no problem.

He thought it was pretty awesome how you could just point the remote at the Equiso Smart TV and it worked like a wii remote.

Right now it is on Kickstart, they are raising their initial funding. It has been out for a week now and it is gaining some serious traction!

Be one of the first to get one of these awesome products! Designed by a Harvard Student I can see this Smart tv becoming a hit with his friends all over campus and all college campuses around the world.

Get your Equiso TV here!

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Niterider Minewt 600

Summer Is Finally Here! It is time to get for those long evening rides. This is one of my favorite things to do. I love getting off from a long day at work and jumping on my mountain bike and taking a few hour ride. The problem that I run into is living in the desert of southern utah I have to wait until 7 or 8 to leave just because of the heat. So riding after hours is a necessity. So I got the Niterider Minewt 600 Here is the specs on this pretty sweet bike light.

The new Minewt 600 cordless puts out an amazing 600 lumens in a one-piece package with no separate battery pack or cables! Thats freaking amazing. Niterider Minewt 600  is pushing LED technology to a new level. Recharges easily with the included 5.5hr Smart Charger (or plug into to a USB port and charge at your desk!)

Its the first one-piece light that is truly trail capable and overkill for city streets. Plus, Niterider uses reflectors and lenses specifically designed for bicycle riding, so you get a superior beam pattern compared to other systems using “off the shelf” optics.

  • Tool-free quick-release handlebar mount
  • Also includes helmet mount
  • Features premium CREE LEDs
  • only 190 grams

RUNTIME
This light features 4 light level options, plus a flash mode:

  • 1:30 hours on High (600 lumen)
  • 3:00 hours on Medium (400 lumen)
  • 4:30 hours on Low (275 lumen)
  • 10:00 hours on walking “flashlight” mode (100 lumen) - ideal for use around campsite, changing a flat, etc.

A typical car headlight is 700 lumen, so you pretty much have a car headlight sitting on the front of your bike. Pretty cool hu? One of the greatest features is that it is cordless. This means that you can use it for other things.

Buy a Niterider Minewt 600

 

Charge Time: 5:30 hr

Weight: 190g (with battery & handlebar mount)

Get yours Today!

 

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Yeti Team in South Africa

 

Jared Graves, Eliot Jackson and Richie Rude hit up South Africa for the first World Cup of the season. Graves makes a strong, full-time return to the downhill circuit after years of dominating 4X.

He missed the podium by less than half a second.

Nice showing guys for your first event of the year.

 Credit: YetiWatch Results here

It will be exciting to watch them for the rest of the season.

 

 
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Yeti and Fox Racing Factory Team 2012

Here we go the 2012 season is upon us. The Yeti / Fox Racing Shox Factory Team embarks on another grueling season of World Cup racing in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. The race marks the return of Jared Graves to downhill racing, junior talent Richie Rude’s debut on the World Cup circuit, and a sneak peak at Yeti’s first carbon fiber DH bike. After a long off-season of training, goals have been set and expectations are high for the group – now it is finally time to race.

Learn more about Pietermaritzburg Africa
See Pietermaritzburg Africa on google maps

Yeti has posted a few new videos on their site.

Here

Jared Graves is going to be a fun one to watch again this year! Good luck guys.

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Red Bull Rampage To Return This Year

The long waited news of the return of Red Bull Rampage is Official! It will be returning to Southern Utah This YEAR.

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No official date has been posted yet, Based off previous years we can anticipate it around the beginning of October.

This event has been a staple in Southern Utah since 2001. The events organizers have taken a few years off since then trying to find other locations around the world. There is something about the raw beauty of southern utah that keeps bringing them back.

Check back often as we follow the Red Bull Rampage 2012 schedule!Red Bull Rampage 2012

Want to  read more about this exciting events past? Here>>

Red Bull Rampage – Cameron Zink 1st place run….

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