- Kona Jake -Should I pull the trigger, other options?
Been eying up a 2012 Kona Jake Cross-Bike that been reduced to £850 in my local Evans. Never owned a drop-barred bike before, but want something to ride in the winter and do long road miles on, but that still can be used on the odd bridle way and won’t leave me with a large dental bill if I hit a pot hole like a road bike might. My ultimate goal for this bike is to be able to ride from my home near Brighton 160miles to my Brother’s in Norfolk (bearing in mind that my longest ride to date is 67miles on a singlespeed 29er, but I wasn’t overly knackered from it)
Any experience of this bike or other ideas? Been looking at a Genesis tdf that I think I could persuade my LBS to do 850 as well. (850 is my more than I want to spend and my absolute max. budget)Posted 5 years agobigGMember
Yes yes yes. I love my Jake the Snake. Probably my favourite bike of all.
Just try not to do this to it>>>>> I snapped the mech hanger last night.
[/url] Well that wasn’t the end to tonight’s ride that I wanted! All uphill route home = walking in the rain by BigG1968, on Flickr[/img]Posted 5 years agoMaster Of NoneSubscriber
i have had a “jake the snake” for six years. brilliant bike! i’ve used it for sportive rides, cross racing, off road on bridle ways and as a commuter. its a comfy bike and efficient even with the 32C tyres and flat pedals. (great colour too mine is the 2006 black and neon orange one!)Posted 5 years agoMaster Of NoneSubscriber
i saw a more recent one (2011 i think) recently on the train and noticed that it appears to have lost the rack bosses at the back and the Easton tubing, but gained a carbon fork. Not sure if this makes it better or worse, but was just noted.
I liked all the neon colourways in the jake, and previously had the 2004 with the metallic petrol green frame. Great bikes…Posted 5 years agoti_pin_manMember
I’ve done many night rides around delamere, a few loops of trail centres in North wales and both with mates on mtb’s and no problems.
Mines an old one so the original brakes were scary on drop-off/steep hills but upgraded to project 2 with a disk mount and changed to Vee’s out back and its much better. I then used it to commute on the road into central london with some slicks and now commute on a mix of road and bridleway/grass.
I ride this bike more than any of my others.
EDIT: yes it isnt uber light and yes get slicks and some schwalbe trail masters and a spare mech hanger might be good, just in case. One bike to rule all ! well.. sort of. 😉Posted 5 years ago
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