I built up a Kona Process 111 29er after many long rides on several other bikes. Three of my other favorite bikes are the Kona Process 153 29er, the Kona Hei-Hei 29er, and the Santa Cruz Nomad 27.5 Carbon. The reason for not building one of those last three models is because none of them can double as an XC bike and an Enduro bike quite the way the Process 111 does. They may handle in similar ways, but none of them have the ability to climb long ascents like Motorway, haul a$$ down steep descents, plus cruise over the Main Divide's dual-track the way my Kona Process 111 can.
Also, I like to manual a bike. When I need to pick up the front end, the Process 111 is King...and it's a 29er! It's got 111mm of plush rear travel on stiff 430mm chainstays, the standover of a DJ bike, and a 68-degree head tube angle. Plus, it's backed up for life by Kona. That's my bike. The components I chose for the custom build just sweeten it's handling and performance.
Custom Build Specs:
- Medium 2014 Kona Process 111 DL frame
- RockShox Pike 29 Solo Air, 120mm Travel
- 28h Straight-pull 350 hubs on Spank Oozy rims (1600g)
- RockShox Reverb Stealth 150mm seatpost
- Race Face Turbine Cinch w/30t
- Shimano XT Derailleur/ XT Cassette/ XTR Shifter
- Shimano XTR Race Brakes
- Syntace Megaforce 50mm Stem/Syntace Vector High 5 Bars
- Maxxis Minion DHR Tires
- Weight: 29 lbs.