Kona's legendary Jake the Snake is primed to make your next 'cross race, gravel grinder, or cross-town commute one for the history books. The butted 7005-aluminum frame is light, fast, and offers a snappy ride, while engineered seatstays and a tapered full-carbon fork take the sting out of rough terrain. Sturdy Alex disc-specific wheels make light work of city streets and muddy 'cross courses, and supple, grippy Challenge tires are ready for any terrain. The smooth-shifting Shimano 105 drivetrain means you'll keep moving no matter how muddy the course may get; plus, powerful Hayes disc brakes let you scrub speed regardless of weather conditions.
|Frame||Kona Race Light butted 7005-aluminum|
|Fork||Kona Full Carbon CX Race Disc|
|Rims/Wheels||Alex CXD6 Wheelset|
|Tires||Challenge Grifo Comp, 700 x 32c|
|Crankset||FSA Gossamer Compact|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano 105|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano 105|
|Rear Cogs||Shimano 105, 11-speed: 11-28|
|Stem||Kona XC/Road Deluxe|
|Brake Levers||Shimano 105|
|Brakes||Hayes CX Expert, 160mm rotors|
|Saddle||WTB Volt Comp|
|Seatpost||Kona Thumb w/offset|
* Subject to change without notice.
|Option||Manufacturer's Part Number|
|Matt Green w/Black & White / 47cm||B15JS47|
|Matt Green w/Black & White / 49cm||B15JS49|
|Matt Green w/Black & White / 53cm||B15JS53|
|Matt Green w/Black & White / 56cm||B15JS56|
|Matt Green w/Black & White / 59cm||B15JS59|
|Matt Green w/Black & White / 61cm||B15JS61|
|Matt Green w/Black & White / 63cm||B15JS63|
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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.
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.