KONA PROCESS 153 CR 27.5 RRP $6199
"Tanktop and tattoos are mandatory if you want to ride the Kona Process. This bike is a hooligan and wants to be ridden that way!" Enduro Magazine
Lap after lap, you’re getting after it all day. From your local hill to days in the bike park to the Enduro World Series, you want a bike that balances outstanding descending capability with pedaling efficiency – and with the all new carbon Process 153, you get both. SRAM Eagle drivetrain and Guide brakes, RockShox Lyrik fork and Super Deluxe shock, and tubeless-ready 3C Maxxis Minions on wide WTB rims make the Process 153 CR your one bike.
Frame Material: Kona DH Carbon w/ 6061 Aluminum Chain Stays 153mm Travel
Wheel Size: 27.5
Wheels: WTB Asym i29 TCS
Suspension Platform: Beamer
Front/Rear Suspension: 160mm/153mm
Shock: RockShox Deluxe RT Trunnion
Fork: RockShox Lyrik Solo Air 160mm Tapered 110mm Spacing
Crankset: SRAM Descendant 6K
Drivetrain: SRAM GX Eagle 12spd
Cockpit: Kona XC/BC 35 bar and stem, Kona Key Grip
Brakes: SRAM Guide R
Front Tire: Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR 3C 27.5x2.5"
Rear Tire: Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR 3C 27.5x2.3"
Saddle: WTB Volt Comp (Comp 250 size S)
THE LOW DOWN ON THE NEW HIGHTOWER LT
The Hightower roared onto the scene in early 2016, capturing the attention of everyone looking for the speed that big wheels deliver in big terrain. Not long after, the exacting Scotsman, Mark Scott, came to Santa Cruz to do some pre-season testing, curious about the Hightower's ability to race at the highest level. He left convinced, and decided to campaign the entire 2016 season on one. Midway through the season, he came to us with a request to eke more travel out of the bike. The stock 135mm wasn't quite enough to maintain his speed on some of the rougher tracks.
Our engineering team designed a new set of links that pushed travel to 146mm at the expense of some compatibility, but because Mark's setup was a known variable, we could be very precise. We machined two sets on site, gave one to Mark, and the other to Iago Garay, a racer much more likely to take the fun line than tuck for speed.
As the Enduro World Series season wore on, Mark continued to get more comfortable (read: faster) on the bike, and the project got a bit more serious. The links went through a few iterations to find a balance of spring rate, travel, and shock compatibility. Toward the end of 2016, it became apparent that the best way to get the performance and travel required was to design a new swingarm to pair with the links, like we did with the V10. At this point the bike got a name—Hightower LT—and we pushed the travel to a full 150mm.
Hightower LT is designed for maximum speed in the biggest mountains. It's truly race-bred, its design the result of the demands of racing at the EWS, Crankworx, and Andes Pacifico. When the time came to decide on bikes for the 2017 season, there was zero question from any of the Santa Cruz-SRAM Enduro Team, and the EWS-themed bikes got the long links. Starting from the EWS in Wicklow, they've been racing on Wicklow Green production bikes—savvy internet commenters noticed the post-mount rear straightaway.
The LT's geometry is extremely close to the regular Hightower, as the bikes share a front triangle. The increased travel means the reach is slightly (7mm) shorter, the head angle a half-degree slacker, and the seat angle a half-degree slacker, as well. The rear triangle retains the dual upright design, but adds a post-mount rear brake. Unlike the Hightower, you can't run 27.5+ tires in the LT, and there's no flip chip to change the suspension. It's made to go fast, give you a bigger margin of error, and take on the biggest mountains in the world. Check out the full details on the Hightower LT model page.
BREAKING NEWS: BICYCLE FIX ARE NOW THE OFFICIAL SANTA CRUZ DEALER OF THE ADELAIDE HILLS!
Santa Cruz Bicycles now at Bicycle Fix
Santa Cruz Bicycles was founded in 1993 in a space the size of a single car garage in the Seabright Cannery, in Santa Cruz California. Our first bike, the Tazmon, was a single pivot dual suspension bike that rattled established sensibilities and helped define our then- ethos of "simply advanced." That bike was the cornerstone for a brand that was founded on the notion of doing things our own way in order to build the best. We have been rattling sensibilities ever since.
We now manufacture 16 models of mountain bike which includes a full women's Juliana range. Made from either carbon fiber or aluminum, we cover everything from hardtails to 8.5" travel downhill machines. We offer two suspension technologies; efficient single-pivot designs on certain aluminium bikes, and our advanced VPP (Virtual Pivot Point) technology on all high end models. VPP bikes are available with a wide range of component and suspension options to choose from, each hand-assembled to order in our California factory. Every one of our bikes is the distillation of our desire to ride and build the highest performance mountain bikes in the world. No more, no less.
We could get all touchy feely here and talk about how we are committed and impassioned riders, and how we love bikes so much that it somehow elevates us into something unique, but that's kind of common fodder for these "about" tabs on bike company websites. EVERYONE working in this industry should be committed and impassioned. It takes that kind of commitment to try and build the perfect bike. Still, we think we chase that vision harder, smarter and sometimes a bit weirder than the others.
See the bikes here https://www.santacruzbicycles.com/en-AU/bikes