It is one of the most diverse cyclocross bikes ever. It can race, commute, train, tour or just plain ride. We've seen Jake The Snakes cross Africa, win cyclocross races and battle through downtown rain. This year, our classic Kona model takes on more of a racing aesthetic, sharing the same frame features and race-winning geometry as our Major Jake, as well as some bling-factor specs, like new Avid Shorty 6 brakes.
Similar Products Used: I had a 1999 JTS with many upgrades such as a complete Ultegra drivetrain and Velomax Circuit wheels.
Bike Setup: Mavic MA2 wheels with Kenda Kross Supreme tires, Shimano 105 drivetrain, Shorty 4, Thomson and Ritchey stuff.
Date Reviewed: May 21, 2009
Strengths: Speed, comfort, sold construction
Weaknesses: the stock seat sucks.
By far the best bike i've ever owned. I came to this bike from a hybrid Specialized that I used to commute and had some concerned about switch to a road style bike but this thing takes curbs, trails, and anything I throw at it better than my specialized crosstrail ever did.
Similar Products Used: test rode a Rocky Mountain Rail - no comparison, the Jake felt way better
Bike Setup: I switch to slicks for road riding - with those one, you can keep up with your friends on their racing bikes.
a Recreational Rider
from Prairies, Canada
Date Reviewed: May 2, 2002
Strengths: 105 group, the little things (koski seat post and handlebar), frame, cranks and BB (ISIS splined, wow!).
Weaknesses: maybe the softer pads, but they'll come in handy when it gets sloppy. It's pretty dry around here so they might be over kill. Tires? I'll probably switch to Michelin sprints in the fall, but there seem fine. Some paint is chipping off the front of the frame where the front brake cable contacts the steerer from time to time (small drops, bunny hops, etc.)
Great Bike, this bike can do it all, I love hitting the trails and then doing a road ride on the way home. I haven't gone back to my FS mountainbike yet. So far the Jake has handled everything I thrown at it, and it's fast. The component mix is great, 105 for the price I paid ($1300 CDN) is incredible). I think the cyclocross set up is a great way to get into the road scene for committed trail riders. The suggest retail price in canada is ridiculously low (I managed to get it for $1300 CDN), I guess the dollar really tanked since they set that one, kudos to Kona for sticking it out.
Similar Products Used: testedTrek and Cannondale (similar prices with lower spec'd components; I hate deciding if I can afford a bike and then realizing I have to spend extra $$ for pedals, don't get me wrong I like getti
Bike Setup: Stock with time pedals, sella italia seat.
a Recreational Rider
from San Francisco
Date Reviewed: January 2, 2002
Strengths: Good frame design and components (for the $$).
Weaknesses: Under bottom bracket r. deraileur cable routing.
Very solid bike, predictable handling, good value. This bike will take years of abuse and never let you down. Reasonably light when stripped down for racing, but you will want to put lighter wheels and tires on her.
[COLOR=#000000]I want a bike that can serve me to go to work (16km with nice hills), take a few shortcuts in the woods or road fire, and take trips around 100km (3-4 hours) the weekend (rather on roads and dirty roads...). I found two models for 1000 euros, the kona jake ... Read More »
I'd like to build up a cross bike to race next year. I won't be touring or commuting on it, probably just racing and an occasional road ride or gravel ride here and there.
I'm thinking that one of the 2014 jake the snake frames would be good to build up. Any thoughts? Anyone race one this past se ... Read More »
Hi..I own a crux, and love it. I have a ton of spare parts and would like to build another cx bike. Has anyone tried out both bikes, I'm interested if the geo is close, is one more lax than the other ??
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