I'm also agreeing with this. I am the same-ish weight as my riding buddy, we have similar travel bikes and ride the same trails together on the North Shore yet he's blowing up parts left and right. It's very dependent on your riding style/line choice. I run EXO tires with no inserts, no bent rims here (not even my supposedly shite LG1's on my DH rig).
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I'm with you on the older process bikes, it's essentially what I wanted but noticed in the planning process that it was a little hard to get what I wanted in 12x142 and the bottle holder on the bottom was not ideal. The names didn't seem to bother me, whatever travel it ended up at was what they named it, fine by me. I agree the 134 punches above it's weight for sure, I love that it is on the lighter side too. My friend ended up buying a used one hence the experimentation. The bike ended up being stock config other than being 10mm overforked (150mm) and it rides great if you ask me.
If the Status is not the best example of a mullet setup then that would explain some of it. Even my DH bike has a 63 degree headtube angle and doesn't flop around in the same way. I bought it because I like jibby short chainstay bikes as the Shore isn't my only ride destination and while it did the things, it fell short of feeling great. The 29" front wheel on that bike seems like it's trying to do too many things or maybe it just makes it better left to being a park bike?
My 5010 is basically the closest thing I could find to being an updated older process 134 and it's fantastic for me. The current model 134 build in 27.5" is quite a boat anchor for someone my weight compared to the older version. I guess it's what I had hoped the Status was going to be but not so much lol! I got away with selling the Status at zero loss so no big deal. I haven't ridden the newer Process 134 since there have been many around (Covid) but very curious if it has the same feel as the old one, looks like the chainstay is still super short.
Most of the riding was on a 27.5" wheel (the 29er was a 1-day experiment), I am well aware of the height differences being a problem without a compensation method but when you have an older bike that is sub $2k to begin with buying angle sets and other goods is a rabbit hole as you mention in your article.
I guess I was interpreting the conclusion of the SB104 experience as you were interested in the possibility of it being more 'lunch ride' in which yeti does not do anything to adjust headtube angle. I understand lunch ride is way less extreme and I agree that it isn't a good philosophy in our process 134 case as I hated/disagreed with the bike wearing the extra long travel fork.
To your point I think all the fuss of putting a 130/140mm fork on it and angling it out just to run a 29er seems like a lot of effort for that extra bit of ability to roll over things not worth the trouble without really knowing if it turns out great. If it does you have an opportunity for newer geo on a much cheaper bike. I personally think the bike is fantastic on the shore with the 150mm pike that it has now and no other changes but it's owner is looking for something more.
Does the slack mullet really help you that much? On the process 134 with -2 angleset the bike would end up with a 64 degree-ish headtube. I guess I would like an opinion of a person that enjoys this kind of bike?
I had a 2021 Status 160 (also have a friend who has the 140 version) which as you know is born as a mullet with a 426mm chainstay; so similar-ish to the kona with a bit more reach. I personally did not enjoy the 29" wheel or the fact that in the low position the bike was hovering below 63 headtube angle. It felt like a barge turning on some of the tighter trails like pangor. The Status 160 felt pretty good with a 27.5 on the front (un-mulleted and not compensated so that the headtube became more steep) although it did make the pedals pretty low (not a big deal imho). In the end I felt like I was riding a very overweight bike for no reason at that point so I bailed on it for a lighter trail bike. The replacement bike is around a 65.5 degree headtube angle and matching 27.5" wheels which doesn't seem to be a problem on steeps or tech and I love it. Yet some folks describe this magic of a 29" front wheel and slackness which doesn't translate for me when I tried it. Not a big deal but just trying to understand other people's fascination with it.
Andrew, if you are really wondering about that 2015 Process 134 being mullet-ed/29er'd I have a friend who tried it with his. Running a lyrik at 170mm and trying both 29 and 27.5 wheel. The results were less than spectacular. Biggest problem being that the chainstay is very short (426mm) so with the ever so decreased reach from the long fork and/or mullet you end up with a bike that will manual just by tipping your head back. Sounds fun right! it is until you have to be braking in wet weather on steep tech. The bike tends to push your weight back so much/often that you really have to be on top of that front wheel. Can be really fun but if you get into a situation where you aren't 100% on your game the front wheel feels like its on ice.
I love the 'nerdy' side of bikes in general. I've had a decent hiatus from MTB; a lot of bmx freestyle and a decade of getting mixed up in cars, autocross and track days etc. Coming back to MTB reminds me that experimentation allows you to feel those tuning changes more significantly and at a much lower cost than many other 'vehicles'. You also don't have to wait for an event. You can just go try it out as soon as you are able to hit the trail.
Is NSMB moderated to keep the trash out? Or does the trash just not come here? I do like that the comments/conversation/forum stays out of the gutter, well done.
Fun seeing warhammer nerds with bikes
I'm willing to try it for you! I'm 6ft and 148lb with my gear on lol.
I always thought V-brakes were fine in dry conditions :) but I don't weigh much I guess. That being said my current bike has XT 8120's lol!
Deniz, the light painting really works here!
It's too bad there aren't many options anymore for lightweight hooligans who just want to pop the front end up everywhere easily. Even the SC 5010 v4 which is the play-bike has longer-ish chainstays in my opinion. Endur-bro bikes seem to be what everyone wants. Little wheels are fun! Maybe I should have bought a medium or small despite my height.
I get it's niche but I don't really climb much and if I do I just stand and move my weight forward a bit to avoid wheelies etc.
FWIW Dale Stone has been riding a Norco Revolver on all kinds of fun stuff.
Good to know, I have never ridden their stuff. If I start having any wrist problems I will probably go that direction. I just thought I would throw the dollars at a company closer to home again. The Title bar is a perfect fit at the moment so at least the experiment was a success!
I think there are an fair number of choices for 50mm rise considering it's current un-coolness.
I just bought the Title AH1 50mm rise bars. I was going to go with the ENVE bars as they are carbon and may provide some extra compliance but there is no guarantee of that and they were double the price. I am replacing a weareone 'da package' which is sad, but I want more rise!
Other bars to consider:
ENVE M9 Composite bars 50mm rise
Deity Highside 50mm
Spank Spike 50mm (Various versions)
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