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2014 Kona Process 134 Bike (discontinued)

Average User Rating: (Good)
Discontinued
2014 Kona Process 134  Bike Process 134
Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry

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“Kona Process 134 - Its cheap but still pretty good”

The Good: Overall the bike has awesome features. It boasts great geometry, solid drivetrain and brake selections, Kona has always done an awesome job with picking wide handlebar and short stem combos (and this process has no exception), and last but not least is the addition of a KS Lev Dropper post, which on a build this inexpensive is pretty awesome!

The Bad: Front Suspension - Man I have got to say that the Rock Shox Sektor fork on this thing was terrible, I felt as if it dove every time I would push the bike into the corners. Trying to compensate for this, I increased the preload air pressure in the fork, without much success.

Overall Review:

Riding the Kona 134

This season I have demo-ed quite of few bikes, and this bike was by far the cheapest, and quite possibly the heaviest as well, which made me think that I wasn't really going to like this ride. While that may have been the case, once on the trail I was pleasantly surprised. Climbing on this bike was quite good, and just as efficient as most other bikes on the market. Additionally, that extra weight seemed to go away once moving along. I did notice a bit of pedal feedback pedaling through larger sized rocks, but it wasn't that big of a deal, and many other bikes I've tried out this season have had similar issues. Descending on this bike was great as well, the moderately short chainstays, and 68 degree head angle allowed me to move through mixed terrain quite well. The Maxxis Ardent tires, while even though 2.25 in the front and rear, hooked up great! And I was able to corner almost as quickly and as hard as some much more expensive bikes. Jumping the Kona Process 134 was also blast, feeling light on the pedals, it is very easy to pick this bike up and place it where you need it, allowing me to jump over smaller rock gardens, and lateral roots. Honestly my only complaint about the entire bike was how bad that fork was, I just could not get it to be firmer. It was as if Rock Shox needed to increase the standard compression circuit, as it was much too easy to move through all of the travel on that thing. If I were to buy this bike, I would almost immediately swap that Sektor fork for either a used Fox Float, or a new Revelation, or X-Fusion.

Final Thoughts

I would say all in all, the new Kona Process 134 is a great bike (I wish I had a chance to ride the 134DL). It's somewhat amazing to me these days that regardless of which bike you bike you can't end up with a lemon, like you could just a few years back. If you are on a budget and want to get a perfectly capable trail bike, then look no further, the Kona Process 134 is it. Swap that fork out and I would give this bike a solid 4 or 4.5 stars.

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Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry

Specifications

Model Year 2014
Riding Type Trail
Sizes and Geometry

S, M, L, XL View Geometry

Size S M L XL
Top Tube Length 22.91 23.62 24.84 25.98
Head Tube Angle 68° 68° 68° 68°
Head Tube Length 4.53 4.92 5.12 5.51
Seat Tube Angle 74° 74° 74° 74°
Seat Tube Length 15.94 15.94 17.72 18.31
Bottom Bracket Height 0.47 Drop 0.47 Drop 0.47 Drop 0.47 Drop
Chainstay Length 16.73 16.73 16.73 16.73
Wheelbase 44.21 44.92 46.18 47.28
Standover 25.59 25.59 25.98 25.98
Reach 16.38 17.13 18.11 19.09
Stack 23.46 23.82 24.02 24.37
Frame Material 6061 Aluminum Butted
Rear Travel 134mm
Rear Shock RockShox Monarch R
Fork RockShox Sektor Silver Air, QR15, Tapered
Fork Travel 140mm
Head Tube Diameter Tapered
Headset FSA Orbit 1.5 ZS No.57B
Handlebar Kona XC/BC Riser
Stem Kona 40mm
Grips Kona S-LOG
Brakes Shimano, 180mm (Centerlock) Front, 160mm (Centerlock) Rear
Brake Levers Shimano Deore
Shifters Shimano Deore
Front Derailleur SRAM X5
Rear Derailleur Shimano SLX Shadow Plus
ISCG Tabs
Chainguide
Cranks Shimano Deore
Chainrings 24/38 Tooth
Bottom Bracket Shimano Press Fit 92
Pedals N/A
Chain KMC X10
Cassette Shimano Deore, 11-36 Tooth, 10-Speed
Rims WTB SX23
Hubs Shimano Deore
Spokes Stainless 14g
Tires Maxxis Ardent 27.5"x2.25"
Saddle WTB Volt Sport SE
Seatpost KS Eten R
Seat Post Diameter
Seatpost Clamp Kona Clamp
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 12mm x 142mm
Max. Tire Size
Bottle Cage Mounts Yes
Colors Matte Black/Yellow
Warranty Lifetime
Weight

N/A

Miscellaneous
Price $2627.00
Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry