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.
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..
Date Reviewed: October 2, 2012
Strengths: Smooth, comfortable ride on road and trail
Weaknesses: a tad heavy
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!
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....
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.
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: March 30, 2011
Strengths: Everything works smoothly
The original tires wore out quite quickly. I agree with another reviewer who says to get quality tires.
Strengths: Extremely versatile. Great for long and short distances, with or without load and can handle potholes, gravel and other places that road or touring bikes can't take.
Shifting is almost spotless. Comfortable and feels good. The 2009 red and white model looks great.
Weaknesses: You need very good tires! Most people don't take the original tires and go for something more slic. If you do this, make sure you get very resistant more high-end tires. The Jake can take a beating, but low-end road tires can't. I threw out my first pair after 1000km and about 10 flat tires.
The 2010 model, although that shouldn't change anything, doesn't look very good with its greyish paint.
2009 Jake - 2000km. Bought it after researching for a long time. I was looking for something for (sometimes ruff) commuting but also for the occasionnal lond distance trip. I got exactly what I was looking for, for an undecent price.
I recently took it for its first long distance. Montreal - Ottawa in two 110km days, with full camping gear. It handled super smooth with a lot of weight.
I love this bike. It fits perfecly with "serious commuters" and for people who have versatile needs. What I wanted was a racing bike that could take a beating and load. The Jake is, considering its price, the best value out there for those needs.
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