Kona Reinvigorates the Mid-Travel Process 134 Mountain Bike

Kona updates the Process 134 trail bike, offering either 27.5 wheels or 29er.

Photo: Kona Bikes.

It’s been a long time since the Process 134 saw an update, leaving the model largely absent from the Kona conversation.

Today, it is back in the swing of things in a brand new form. With both 27.5-inch and 29-inch wheel sizes, the Process 134 starts with of course 134mm of travel in the rear and 140mm of fork travel. The bike is also available in a carbon or an aluminum frame.

The Process has gone through about four years of design iterations and testing, according to Kona, and it’s said to still be inspired by the Process 111.

The CR version is truly full-carbon this time with a front and rear carbon triangle. The 29er can clear 2.5-inch tires in the rear and the 27.5-inch can fit 2.6-inches.

Geometry has been refreshed all-around. The reach is noticeably longer, with the medium seeing 450mm of reach and a 76.5-degree seat angle. Across sizes, the head angle is 66-degrees. On the 27.5-inch model, the chainstay measures 425mm and on the 29er the chainstay only grows by 2mm.

Th shock placement has moved rearward and is now vertical, allowing more space in the front triangle. Other than a frame re-design and geometry freshening, the Process 134 isn’t drastically different than the last model. Sometimes, just catching up with modern numbers seems to be all that a bike needs.

The base level, 27.5″ Process 134 retails for $2,400. Photo: Kona

The Process 134 starts at $2,400 for both wheel sizes in the aluminum frame. On that spec, features include a RockShox Deluxe Select rear shock and Recon RL Motion Control Solo Air fork, a SRAM SX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain, and a TransX dropper post.

The Process 134 CR/DL mountain bike tops the available builds at $6,000 and includes a carbon frame, RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate rear shock and Pike Ultimate RC2 Charger 2 Debonair. The build also gets a SRAM XO1 Eagle drivetrain and G2 RSC brakes.

For more information visit the Kona website.