Kona Jake Cyclocross Bike

4.33/5 (15 Reviews)
MSRP : $799.00

Product Description

As one of world's more adept bicycles, the Jake is able to ride everything from pothole-ridden sub-Saharan highways to gravel commuter paths to mud-riddled cross courses. The Jake sees a newfound splash of cherry upgrades in 2012: new internal rear brake cable routing, the ability to step up from a 9-speed to a 10-speed Tiagra, a new Shimano Tiagra/105 drivetrain, and the same tires as the Major Jake. All at a great price that keeps the wind feeling free as ever.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mtb_bub

Date Reviewed: December 26, 2015

Strengths:    Looks and performs much better than the price tag suggests. Fast,smooth, comfortable, super crisp shifts.

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
Brought as a rough country road mile eater on sale from Currumbin Cycles in QLD. Service was fantastic and bike arrived promptly, undamaged, and took less than 20mins to build and set up. First ride was amazing, bike is light, fast and super comfortable for an alloy frame/fork combo. Roads around here are rough pot-holed and gravel mixed, this bike handled all with aplomb. I swapped the stock Challenge Grifo tires out for a more road specific tread, so can't comment on the Grifo tread wear. Horses for courses and all you know.
Overall super impressed with the bike and service from Currumbin cycles. Highly recommended.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by jon

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2013

Strengths:    easy to clean

Weaknesses:    Not a racer
Not a Mtb
Not a tourer

Bottom Line:   
As a consumer of one, I found several flaws.
The Tyres supplied were of poor quality in relationship to ether stance of the usage the bike was designed for.
The seat was not comfortable after a 100kms, which reduced the overall impression that the bike was made for longer rides.
The bottom bracket started to break down after 980kms, which impaired the longativity of the rest of the drive train.
The stock bar & tape was average quality and did not inspire one to want to grab the bike and ride off into the sunset.

I can’t knock the frame and forks, the wheel builds were fine which they should be as a mass produced units.
It comes down to Kona to show they are in control of their product, if they wish to just flog off bikes and make maximum profits: this is done well
But If they wish customers to return and pay out a load of our hard earned credit, I could only advise there are bikes from rival companies who have the frames made in the same Taiwanese and put a better package together.
I hope not to offend anyone, but inform my personal ride result after 13,5000kms around west/east Europe..

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Reb

Date Reviewed: October 2, 2012

Strengths:    Smooth, comfortable ride on road and trail

Weaknesses:    a tad heavy

Bottom Line:   
I have a 2010 model. For the price, this bike is terrific. The shop I bought it from actually recommended I go with higher end, non-stock tires and wheels. I suppose that's one reason I like the bike so much, considering what other reviewers have mentioned about the stock tires. I also changed the saddle. Mine is black and yellow, which is great where I live (Pittsburgh) Go Steelers!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lloyd Bray

Date Reviewed: March 27, 2012

Strengths:    Decent components, 22.6 lbs with cage, bottle and pedals, comfortable for short upper bodied riders, 1149 price tag, great off road, 3 rings up front, decent color, good value

Weaknesses:    Mud tires (for road), weight (could be lighter) paying for the Kona name....

Bottom Line:   
I bought this as an entry into the world of road bikes. I also like trails and there is a lot of gravel around the Hat so I thought I'd try the xcross bike. I hate playing with flats and I thought this bike would be better for that problem. I'm primarily using this bike to commute and train on the highway. Supposedly this bike has a strong frame also (I weigh about 225) I guess we will find out. Once I put some k's on the bike I will do a follow up review, let you know how it's holding up.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ambrose99 a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: March 30, 2011

Strengths:    Everything works smoothly

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
The original tires wore out quite quickly. I agree with another reviewer who says to get quality tires.

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Favorite Ride:   North Shore Nelson, B.C.

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Gerick Nelson B.C.

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