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  • Kona Process in Ashland Kona rolled through Ashland yesterday with a few bikes from their 2013 fleet and we hosted a mini demo night ride. All the bikes were spoken for so I had to ride my own. Which I had figured was going to happen. A Hei Hei, 2 Process’s and a Satori were available for demo … I have been excited about the Process for sometime now. It seems to fit my personality, get to the top of the mountain any which way, then point down to let the good times roll. I was anxious to try one. I want to say thanks to Jimmy from Kona for letting me take one out today after the demo. I woke up early to sneak in a ride before he had to head back north with the bikes. Snow had fallen over night and left me a little bummed in the morning. I was hoping to be able to get a solid  ride on the Process. Oh well, I headed up the mountain and went for it anyways. Having the two chain rings up front on this bike was nice. It’s not meant to be a race bike up the mountain, you’ll have to work for it a little bit. Unfortunately the trails were mostly covered in snow and I didn’t get near the time I was wanting on the bike. With that said it was still a blast on the way down, worth every pedal stroke it took to reach the top. The Process has no gimmicks or ridiculous bells and whistles, rather parts that work well and from the looks of it can take a beating. I look forward to hopefully getting some more time on one in the near future. Headed back to the shop to drop off the Process, would have loved another day with it! Kona King Kahuna Here we are again, we just sold another frame that is going to be built up through the shop.(Just want to let everyone know we do sell complete bikes. However costume builds are great fun.) The King Kahuna, what a gorgeous looking bike. Some of you might recognize it as the bike that Cory Wallace piloted to win the solo category of the 24 Hours of Old Pueblo. This is Kona’s premiere carbon hard tail 29er. I suspect this bike is going to build up light. The rear end is updated and has the 142×12 axle. The bike has a tapered head tube and short chain stays which should make it easy to maneuver. This build is going to be sweet, the owner has purchased the Rock Shox Sid front fork and carbon wheels have been mentioned. Over the next few weeks parts will be headed our way so again stay tuned and following the build we will post a ride review for everyone to read. Over the next month we will have 3 Kona builds complete with ride reviews so if your in the market check back. Kona Explosif 27.5 Just In !!! Ahhh dang it’s almost that time. Spring is in finally in sight, we are getting more and more sun light. Soon we will be shredding everyday all day until we can’t ride anymore because we are just to tired. This is the time of the year when customers start ordering their bikes for the 2013 ride season. We have already had a few frames come through and are anxiously awaiting their builds. Just a few days ago we got another. The Kona Explosif Steel Hard-tail frame which happens to be a 27.5 wheel size. What a cool bike, just looking at the stats and seeing the bike in person you can tell this is a great bike for Mt.Ashland. Whether your a beginner and want to get some cardio from climbing and enjoy the  decent or your a shredder of the knar and want to clean up your fundamentals on the decent. This bike is sure to be a crowd-pleaser with this geometry …
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