Kona Process 111 Bike Check
At this point in the season I have decided to switch things up and I've moved from a 27.5 inch wheeled Kona Process 153 to a 29 inch wheeled Kona Process 111. The main reason for the change is that the remainder of my race calendar takes place at venues which are known to be less rough and steep than the kind of stages I've been racing on for the majority of the season so far. The 29er carries more speed on flatter terrain and the 111 is a tad bigger than the 153 and suits my neutral riding style well. My mechanic, Jonathan at Fall Line Cycles worked really hard to get this bike dialled in and it really shows.
I run a stock XL frame and feel it fits me well. The spec is a little different to what you can buy from Kona but not radically different.
Minimal gearing - I run a standard 32tooth chainring up front, driven by 175mm cranks. Out back the cassette is something a little special. An 8 speed SRAM cassette, yes 8 speed SRAM cassette made up of individual cogs from a GX cassette ensures I have the perfect gear at all times. I still have an all important climbing gear but when you are putting down the power on track, simplicity is important.
Rockshox take care of suspension duties and I run a Monarch rear shock and a PIKE fork. The airshaft in the PIKE has been changed from a 120mm one to a 140mm one so the bike currently has 140mm travel up front and 111mm on the rear.
For stopping power I have switched to the less powerful Shimano XT brakes. These are single piston brakes as opposed to the dual piston Saints which I usually run. I still use 203mm rotors front and rear. I find the single piston XT's are easier to maintain and offer good modulation compared to the Saints but I switch around from time to time.
My cockpit set up is very consistent across all my bikes. I run 750mm Easton Haven 35mm handlebars. These are the 40mm rise version as I like a high front end. I go between 40mm and 50mm stems but currently I am running a 50mm Easton Haven stem. The controls are finished with a pair of Sensus "disisdaboss" grips. I love the feel and longer length of these grips.
The bikes head angle is about a degree slacker than stock at 67º and it inspires more confidence on steeper terrain. The bike is big enough for me to take a fairly neutral riding position and I feel really comfortable on it. The big wheels ensure its stable at high speed and the snappy travel numbers ensure it covers terrain at lightning speed. I'm really stoked with how it turned out and lobe the stealth black paint job. So far I've had successful outing at Tweedlove International and The Scottish Enduro Series. As the season progresses I hope to bond more with the 111 and unlock its full capabilities.
FRAME MATERIAL : Kona 6061 Aluminum Butted 111mm Travel
REAR SHOCK : RockShox Monarch RT
FORK : RockShox Pike RC 140mm QR15 Tapered
CRANKARM : SSRAM X1 1000 175mm
CHAINRINGS : 32t
CHAIN : SRAM XX1
CASSETTE : SRAM GX 8spd
REAR MECH : SRAM X1
SHIFTERS : SRAM X1
BRAKES : SHIMANO XT 203mm rotors
HEADSET : FSA Orbit 1.5 ZS No.57
HANDLEBAR : EASTON HAVEN 35mm (750mm length 40mm rise)
STEM : EASTON HAVEN 50mm
SEATPOST : ROCKSHOX REVERB 170mm
GRIPS : SENSUS DISISDABOSS
SADDLE : WTB Volt Sport SE / Volt Sport SE 250
FRONT HUB : HOPE PRO 4 15mm
REAR HUB : HOPE PRO 4 142x12mm
RIMS : WTB i35
FRONT TIRE : MAXXIS SHORTY
REAR TIRE : MAXXIS MINION DHR 2
PEDALS : CRANKBROTHERS MALLET E