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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.

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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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Ravnic - January 3, 2014 at 7:38 pm

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