Kona Jake the Snake

Kona Jake the Snake
  • Color: Matt Black/Green
  • Color: Matt Black/Green
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The legend continues, with all the cyclocross-dominating spirit of the original Jake the Snake, updated to keep the competition scrambling. Kona’s long-running ‘cross racer is better than ever, with a lightweight, race-ready aluminum frame and full-carbon CX fork. Bunny hops are back on the menu with tough, WTB rims wrapped in tenacious Clement MXP tires, while FSA and Shimano team up on a Gossamer/105 drivetrain that gives you the wide-ranging gears you need to master the entire course and the durability to do it every weekend. TRP’s Spyre C disc brakes are ‘cross favorites with the complete package: lightweight, powerful in any conditions, and reliable all season long. Transitions will feel like slipping in and out of a glove with Kona’s just-right cockpit pieces, tailored to the needs of modern racers. Hop that barrier and hop on the Jake to ride the Snake!

Specs

Frame Kona Race Light 7005 Aluminum Butted
Fork Kona Full Carbon CX Race Disc
Headset FSA No.57B
Axles Front: 100x12mm; Rear: 135x10mm
Rims/Wheels WTB STP i19
Hubs Novatec: Front: 100x12mm; Rear: 135x10mm
Spokes Black stainless steel, 14g
Tires Clement MXP 700x33c
Crankset FSA Gossamer Cross CC
Chainrings 46/36
Bottom Bracket FSA Gossamer Cross CC
Chain KMC X11
Front Derailleur Shimano 105
Rear Derailleur Shimano 105
Rear Cogs Shimano 105, 11-speed, 11-32
Shifters Shimano 105
Handlebars Kona Road
Tape/Grips Kona Cork Tape
Stem Kona Road Deluxe
Brake Levers Shimano 105
Brakes TRP Spyre C
Saddle WTB Volt Sport
Seat Post Kona Thumb w/Offset 31.6mm

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4.5

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Handles Well Off-road  (2)
  • Great Components  (2)
  • Durable  (2)
  • Pedals 
  • Lightweight 

Cons

  • Weak brakes 

Best Uses

  • Commuting  (2)
  • Off-Road  (2)
  • Pavement  (2)
  • Cycle Cross Racing 

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5

Great All-arounder

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from Geneva, IL

About Me Avid Cyclist

Pros

  • Pedals
  • Handles Well Off-road
  • Great Components
  • Durable

Cons

  • Weak brakes

Best Uses

  • Off-Road
  • Pavement
  • Cycle Cross Racing
  • Commuting

Comments:

The perfect addition to my bike stable - now up to 5 bikes. With the extensive network of trails in the Chicagoland area, this bike is well suited for casual riding on crushed limestone, gravel, poor roads, hilly terrain or even light single track. With a simple wheel change, mine even serves as a spare roadie for shorter weeknight club rides. If I was able to commute, this would be the bike of choice, as it has plenty of extra mounts for racks or fenders. Right now it's getting a lot of use on night trail rides as the evenings get too short for regular road rides. A great value with great components and pedals are included. My only changes were to replace the saddle with a preferred Brooks B-17 (On all my bikes) and to replace the rather weak standard brakes with V-brakes and travel agents. That was probably overkill, but it is now the fastest stopping bike I own. Braking seems to be a standard complaint on most Cross bikes, so I expected this going in. Some other pluses are the extra brake levers on the handle bars for upright riding and the compact crank, which makes it a formidable climber.

4

Too much fun!!!

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from Jericho, VT

About Me Avid Cyclist

Pros

  • Great Components
  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Handles Well Off-road

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Pavement
    • Commuting
    • Off-Road

    Comments:

    I bought this bike because I wanted to do long distance rides on the many dirt roads where I live. What a blast, there is just something invigorating about tearing down a dirt road at 40mph. It really is different than pavement. My road bike is a Pinarello Monviso, and as much as I hate to admit it I prefer to ride this bike, stock set-up, on the pavement. It is more comfortable, and more fun. No worries about poor road conditions, and if I want to tear down that dirt road, or moderately flat( no granny ring on this bike) singletrack I'm off. Really the most fun I have had on a bike in many many years. Get a cyclocross. I have ridden the Jake also. Both are excellent. This bike doesn't accelerate like my Monviso, but it is quick, and considering the stout frame, heavier wheels and tires, and extra set of brake levers the few pounds it gives up seem like a good compromise for the added versatilty. The 105 shifts very smoothly. The only thing that I am not completely satisfied with is the braking. The levers feel soft and scrubbing of speed takes real effort, but I haven't spent any time dialing in the cantilevers yet and suspect I can get better performance with a few tweaks.

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