Those of you who have seen me beating around the trails on my Trek Fuel EX7 know that it is time to be thinking of a new ride. I’ve been thinking about a new ride for a long time and am getting to decision making time.
I know there are many of you on here from other bike shops and I respect that but I will be making my purchase at Cyclesmith. They have been great to me for the last 15 years so and I feel like that should be rewarded with loyalty.
So that means here are the two bikes I am looking at:
I’m a Kona fanboi but having said that the Process bikes have been VERY well received by riders and the bike media at large- great design and well spec’d out (Pike- yum!). If it was me I’d be going for the 134 but I’ll be sticking with my Cadabra for a few more years I think.
I bought a 2014 Process 134 about 2 months ago and I really like it. I’ve had it in Banff and Canmore and it absolutely rips on anything downhill. It feels lower than my 26" hardtail so I had plenty of pedal strikes at the beginning. The Trek may have slightly better parts but for me the Process frame makes it worth it.
My biggest knock on the Process was the weight, and the dropper post. Mine weighed something like 32-33lbs when I got it, and I find the seat post sinks when I’m sitting on it so I have to keep raising it.
The 2014 134 was a bit cheaper than the '15, and I got it well below MSRP, which definitely swayed my decision. Mine’s got new brakes and wheels so far. I’ll post a pic tomorrow.
Consider the Giant post. Inexpensive, low maintenance, super easy to fix, great clamp, only needs a shift cable and housing if you snag it, not a hose and bleed kit. I might be biased, but I’ve seen them all. If I rode one, it’s what I would buy.
It’s a pretty solid clamp, not like single bolt clamps of yore. Haven’t heard of a failure with it yet. Keep in mind the rougher stuff will probably actually be easier on the saddle/clamp if you go dropper, because you will be dropping before you hit it.
I put a KS Lev on my bike in the spring. It’s got a two bolt head and has a good remote. No breakage yet with 1200+ kms and I’m close to 200 lbs with gear. Can’t comment on easy of service yet, as I haven’t done any. Installation was easy enough though.