Updates to the Process X, Process 153, Honzo ESD, Splice-E and El Kahuna for 2021
Kona’s started to unveil its 2021 range of bikes, kicking off with updates to the Process X carbon enduro-focused bike and its aluminium counterpart the Process 153.
The Canadian brand is also launching the new Honzo ESD, which should be on par with the Norco Torrent HT in defining the hardcore hardtail category thanks to radical geometry and no-nonsense lines.
There’s a new El Kahuna electric mountain bike and a new Splice-E electric commuter bike, too.
2021 Kona Process X DL and Process X
2021 Kona Process X DL. Kona
Designed to be gravity-focused bikes that can be pedalled to the top of the hill on long days out, the 2021 29in-wheeled Process range of bikes have 162mm of rear wheel travel and 170mm of fork travel.
Although both the Process X and Process X DL share the same carbon fibre frame, their parts differ slightly with the DL getting lighter, higher-performing kit.
The 2021 Process X boasts a 63.5-degree head-tube angle, adjustable chainstay lengths from either 435mm or 450mm and an impressively steep 78-degree seat-tube angle for the size large. Reach figures span from 440mm for the small up to a whopping 525mm for the extra-large bike.
Wheelbase figures are also fairly mammoth, starting at 1,213mm and extending to over 1,323mm on the extra-large bike in its long chainstay setting.
All sizes in the new Process X range have a short seat-tube length, which means the small and medium sizes get a 170mm travel dropper post, while the large and extra-large bikes get a 200mm travel post.
2021 Kona Process X. Kona
Although the frame is based around 29in wheels, a flip-chip on the seatstay to rocker pivot makes it possible to turn it into a mullet bike with a 29in front and 27.5in rear wheel. There are also water bottle cage bosses on the top of the down tube.
The 2021 Process X DL is kitted out with top-spec parts including the RockShox ZEB Ultimate fork and SuperDeluxe Ultimate rear shock, SRAM X01 Eagle 12-speed drivetrain, SRAM Code RSC brakes and DT Swiss 350 hubs laced to WTB KOM Trail i30 rims. The Process X DL retails for £7,200 / $6,999.
The Process X has a Fox 38 Performance GRIP fork and DPX2 Performance Elite shock, Shimano XT and Deore mix 12-speed drivetrain and Shimano Deore four-piston brakes. The 2021 Process X retails for £5,499 / $4,999.
2021 Kona Process 153
2021 Kona Process 153 DL. Kona
Being the Process X’s slightly less extreme alloy counterpart, the 153 receives similar geometry updates to its bigger sibling plus comes in two wheel size options – two 29in bikes and one 27.5in model – across three models.
The 29in bikes are available in medium, large and extra-large sizes while the smaller 27.5in bike sizes range from small to extra-large.
Claimed to be 150g lighter than previous Process 153 models, the new 2021 bike has a 64.5-degree head-tube angle, 76.5-degree seat-tube angle (size large), 435mm chainstays and reach figures that range from 425mm on the small 27.5in model up to 515mm for the XL 29in-wheeled bike.
2021 Kona Process 153 275. Kona
The 2021 Process 153 DL 29 tops the spec sheet with a RockShox Lyrik Select RC Charger fork and SuperDeluxe Select Plus rear shock, a SRAM SX, NX and GX 12-speed Eagle drivetrain mix and SRAM G2 RS brakes. The DL model costs £3,699 / $3,699.
The slightly more basic Process 153 29 is downgraded to a RockShox Yari RC Motion Control fork and Deluxe Select rear shock, SRAM SX and NX 12-speed Eagle drivetrain mix and basic SRAM Guide T brakes.
2021 Kona Process 153 29. Kona
The 27.5in Process 153 shares its spec with the 29in model of the same name bar the 27.5in wheels and tyres.
Both the 29in and 27.5in Process 153 cost £2,99 / $2,999.
2021 Kona Honzo ESD
2021 Kona Honzo ESD. Kona
Headline news on the Honzo ESD is its geometry, which Kona says has been derived from the Process X enduro bike.
It’s got a 63.5-degree head-tube angle when the frame’s running the stock 150mm travel fork, 435mm chainstays and reach figures that start at 440mm for the size small and extend up to 525mm for the extra-large bike.
The seat-tube angle is 77.5 degrees across the sizes and the wheelbase figures range from 1,186mm up to 1,285mm.
Along with its progressive geometry, the Honzo ESD’s kit helps define its hardcore hardtail credentials.
Up front there’s a Marzocchi Bomber Z1 fork with GRIP damper and 150mm travel. It has a Shimano Deore/SLX/XT mix 12-speed drivetrain and Shimano Deore brakes. It’s also specced with a Maxxis Assegai front tyre, Minion DHR II rear tyre combination.
The new 2021 Kona Honzo ESD retails for £2,699 / $2,699.
2021 Kona El Kahuna
2021 Kona El Kahuna. Kona
Positioned as Kona’s “utilitarian trekking bike” thanks to rack and mudguard mounts, 100mm of suspension travel and clearance for 29in tyres up to 2.35in wide, the El Kahuna electric mountain bike is based around Shimano’s STEPS E6100 motor with a 504Wh battery.
It’s specced with 10-speed Shimano Deore kit and a Suntour XCR34 fork. That means it should be happy tackling gentle trail centre loops or blasting fire roads, and the 504Wh battery means it will have plenty of juice for most adventures.
The 2021 Kona El Kahuna will retail for £2,599.
2021 Kona Splice-E
2021 Kona Splice-E. Kona
Best suited to tackling long days in the saddle exploring tarmac roads, whizzing to the shops or replacing the car for short journeys, the 2021 Splice-E uses Shimano’s E6100 motor with a 504Wh battery.
It comes fitted with mudguards and lights as standard equipment and has mounts for rear pannier racks. It’s also decked out in Shimano Alivio kit with 160mm hydraulic disc brakes and is available in four sizes from small to extra-large.
According to Kona, the 2021 Splice-E will cost £2,599.