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4/14/2014 11:38 PM

Vital, can you put me out of my misery and publish the Kona Process test. I've been patient, but have waited and waited and am worried I might do something silly.......

4/15/2014 9:42 PM

Hey lev,

The past few weeks have been a bit crazy for us with the start of the World Cups and Sea Otter, etc, but we'll get back on track with the remaining reviews starting next week. I'll push the Kona to the front of the line for you.

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4/16/2014 2:07 PM

bturman wrote: Hey lev,

The past few weeks have been a bit crazy for us with the start of the World Cups and Sea Otter, etc, but we'll get back on track with the remaining reviews starting next week. I'll push the Kona to the front of the line for you.

is there a place where I can see all the bikes in the test session by brand price and rating?

4/16/2014 2:19 PM

The easiest way to view all of the Vital reviews is by visiting our Product Guide ("Product" in the menu bar) and sorting by Trail bikes (or whatever you might search for in the future).

Here's a direct link for ya: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/category/Bikes,3/riding_type/all_mountain?scope=by_vital_rating

Last year's Test Session Wrap Up (list at bottom): http://www.vitalmtb.com/features/2013-Vital-MTB-Trail-Bike-Test-Session-Round-Up,439

This year's Test Session Bikes Gallery (links to reviews on each): http://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/25-Mountain-Bikes-Tested-Vital-MTB-Test-Sessions-2014,6937/25-Mountain-Bikes-Tested-Vital-MTB-Test-Sessions-2014,70418/sspomer,2

We'll have a complete link list and some fun comparisons (price vs star rating, weight, etc) when we wrap up the final 2014 reviews over the next week or two.

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4/16/2014 6:00 PM

Cheers Vital people

4/29/2014 11:44 AM

How are the test sessions going? You haven't given up on them have you?

4/29/2014 7:29 PM

Lev wants tests! Lev wants tests! Lev wants tests! Lev wants tests! Revolution is in the air! Give Lev what he wants or those two fingers will have your eyes! That's not a threat, cause I can't speak for Lev. But give the man what he needs.

4/29/2014 11:05 PM

It was my birthday yesterday and my wife asked what I wanted more than anything in the whole world, and I said 'to read the Kona Process test session'. As you get older, you learn that dreams never come true : (

4/30/2014 6:14 PM

We're working on making that dream come true soon...



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5/1/2014 2:40 PM
Edited Date/Time: 5/1/2014 2:41 PM

But I want to know how it rides in normal pants.

5/1/2014 10:44 PM

kidwoo wrote: But I want to know how it rides in normal pants.

Haha. Got that perspective covered as well.

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5/3/2014 11:57 PM
Edited Date/Time: 5/3/2014 11:58 PM

Thanks! Totally agree with your review about climbing the Process. I also changed the post to a reverb and went 1x10, which solved the cockpit set up issues. It is chunky, but it feels like a DH bike when descending. I've got mine down to 32 pound with e-thirteen pedals now and have some nice(r) wheels coming for trail duties, saving the WTBs for DH duties with DH rubber. Having had loads of bikes, this is the best handling, including better than my stumpy carbon evo. I think it deserves more than 3.5 stars, considering the stumpy got 5. Thanks for putting the review up first though and nice phots.
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