Kona adds burly alloy enduro racer and radical dual crown bike park monster to its Process range

A MTB rider whips the new Kona Process DH over a jump
(Image credit: Kona)

It's been a few years since we last saw a new bike from Kona, but the legendary Canadian freeride brand are back at it, announcing they are adding two new alloy bikes to their Process full-suspension mountain bike range. The first is an all-alloy version of their Process X enduro bike while the second is the radical Process DH that's specced with a dual crown fork for getting wild in the bike park.

Kona hasn't released a new bike since 2020 when they unveiled the carbon Process X – a longer travel burly version of their Process 134 trail bike. The new alloy-constructed Process X  framesets are designed for lapping the most demanding trails and bike parks over and over, but come in at a cheaper price point.

The new Kona Process X DH bike being jumped in the bike park

Process X DH is aimed at lapping bikeparks like Whistler (Image credit: Kona)

Kona has used the same frame layout from the carbon Process X for their alloy bikes. The suspension is a linkage-driven single pivot that delivers 162mm of rear wheel travel. Geometry is very similar too, with the same 465mm reach (medium), 63.5-degree head angle, and 30mm bottom bracket drop (20mm on a small). The main geometry difference is the stack, which has been raised 17mm, 12mm, or 7mm, depending on the frame size. Seat tubes have been kept short to allow long droppers to be used and give riders a little more flexibility with sizing too.

There's a flip-chip on the top of the seatstay which allows the frame to be set up in either a full 29er or a mullet wheel combo. At the rear, the dropouts are now UDH-compatible to bring the Process up to date with recent drivetrain changes.

The new Kona Process X bike

Process X is a burly enduro bike with an alloy frame and coil shock (Image credit: Kona)

The Aluminum Process X slots into the Kona range at a new lower price point thanks to the 6061 aluminum frame. The burly build comes with a 170mm Marzocchi Bomber 71 fork and Fox DHX Performance coil shock. It was a reliable 12-speed Shimano drivetrain, 29er wheels (the size small comes setup mullet), and grippy Maxxis tires.

The new Kona Process X DH bike

A dual crown fork gives even more confidence to go full send (Image credit: Kona)

The Process X DH uses the same aluminum Process X frame but beefs it up for day in day out bike park sends by speccing a dual crown RockShox Boxxer Select up front with 190mm of travel. The Process X ships with a mullet wheel setup, although it can be changed to a 29er using the flip-chip if you prefer the feeling of big wheels. You won't want to pedal much further than the first lift station on this as it features a downhill-focused SRAM 9-speed drivetrain with a chain guide and a rigid seatpost, this keeps everything simple and reliable lap after lap though.

The Aluminum Process X will retail for $4,499 / $5,399 CAD and the Aluminum Process X DH will cost  $4,699 / $5,399 CAD. For more details, head over to Konaworld.com.

Kona Aluminum Process X

The new aluminium Kona Process X

Process X is ready for the toughest trails (Image credit: Kona)
  • Frame: Kona 6061 Aluminum Butted
  • Fork: XX
  • Shock: Fox DHX Performance Trunnion 162mm
  • Drivetrain: Shimano XT/SLX/Deore, 12sp
  • Brakes: Shimano Deore, 203mm rotors
  • Seatpost: TranzX Dropper +RAD
  • Wheels: WTB KOM Trail i30, Shimano hubs
  • Tires: Maxxis Assegai 29 x 2.5in WT 3C EXO+ (F) | Maxxis Minion DHR II 29 x 2.4in WT 3C EXO+ (R) (27.5x2.4 WT size small)
  • Price: $4,499 / $5,399 CAD

Kona Aluminum Process X DH

The new aluminium Kona Process X DH

The 190mm Boxxer up front will handle the biggest drops and jumps (Image credit: Kona)
  • Frame: Kona 6061 Aluminum Butted
  • Fork: RockShox Boxxer Select DebonAir 190mm
  • Shock: RockShox Super Delux Coil Trunnion 162mm
  • Drivetrain: SRAM X7/X5, 9sp
  • Brakes: SRAM Guide T, 20omm rotors
  • Seatpost: Kona
  • Wheels: WTB KOM Trail i30, Formula hubs
  • Tires: Maxxis Assegai 29 x 2.5in WT 3C EXO+ (F) | Maxxis Minion DHR II 29 x 2.4in WT 3C EXO+ (R)
  • Price: $4,699 / $5,399 CAD
Graham Cottingham
Senior reviews writer, Bike Perfect

Graham is all about riding bikes off-road. With almost 20 years of riding experience, he has dabbled in downhill, enduro, and gravel racing. Not afraid of a challenge, Graham has embraced bikepacking over the last few years and likes nothing more than strapping some bags to his bike and covering big miles to explore Scotland's wildernesses. When he isn’t shredding the gnar in the Tweed Valley, sleeping in bushes, or tinkering with bikes, he is writing tech reviews for Bike Perfect.

Rides: Cotic SolarisMax, Stooge MK4, 24 Bicycles Le Toy 3, Surly Steamroller

Height: 177cm

Weight: 71kg