This year at Sea Otter, Kona had some eye candy on display but was tight-lipped about release dates. Ever since catching our first glimpse of the carbon Process 153 29er back in April, we have been anxiously waiting for it to come to market. That wait is now over.
Last year Kona released the Process G2 line, focusing specifically on the 153-millimeter-travel models. They included both aluminum and carbon 27.5-inch models, but only aluminum for the 29er. After riding the carbon 27.5, we were blown away with what it was able to do. We were a little less impressed by the aluminum 29er, but not because it wasn’t a great bike--instead we yearned for something a little lighter, a little more refined and with an option for a higher-end build. Yes. We’re spoiled. Nonetheless, Kona is just going to keep on spoiling us, because the new carbon 29er appears to be everything we could have hoped for. Big wheels, Process geometry, and even a bottle cage.
Both the 27.5 and 29er have essentially the same geometry, with a 66-degree head angle, 76-degree seat tube angle, 425-millimeter chainstays and a 475-millimeter reach on a size large. The carbon 29er will be available in two builds: the top of the line CR/DL and the mid-range CR. Highlights on the CR/DL include SRAM Code brakes, a 160-millimeter Lyric RC2 fork, a Super Deluxe Debonair RCT shock and WTB KOM Trail rims. It retails for $6,000.
The CR model has a Lyric fork (without RC2), a Super Deluxe RC3 Debonair shock and Guide R brakes. It retails for $5,000.
In addition to the new carbon 29er, Kona has also updated build kits and lightened aluminum frames. Find all the info here.