- Kona Jake – Are they as versatile and fun as they look? Anyone looking to sell
Had my jake for about 6 years now, originally used it in CX guise, took it mountain biking and in local forests it kept up with the mtbs and over took them in deep mud but failed on steep drops, brakes were rubbish. I upgraded to a front mechanical disk and Vees on back and it did a lot better.
years later I fitted slicks and commuted 15 miles each way into london most days and it didnt feel sluggish, its not a racing whippet, its heavy and steering isnt road but it performed well.
I now use it for a mixed road and offroad commute, circa 20 miles, I’ve SS’d it and it happily does road duty and bridlepath/canal path duty.
its the bike i ride most, the others gather dust these days.Posted 4 years agorepomanMember
Yes and no 🙂 Had it something over 2 years, absolutely love it. Replaced the brakes with Tektro 720s, rebuilt the wheels with Rigida Snyper rims (stock rims too narrow for 35mm semi-slicks), swapped the 30T ring for a 26T, and put a 11-32 cassette on. I’ll happily take it in the woods, on road rides, or a mixture of both, just adjust the tyre pressures according to the ride. When the weather’s nice, it replaces the commuter warhorse so that I can go and play on the way home. Seems to get a friendlier reaction from walkers than an MTB. Planning to use it for touring/bike-packing. My hardtail and FS rarely leave the house now, and when they do I pay far more attention to picking lines than I used to.Posted 4 years ago
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