Kona Major Jake Cyclocross Bike

5/5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $1999.00


Product Description

  • Frame tubing: EASTON Ultralite
  • Fork: Easton EC90X Carbon
  • Headset: FSA ORBIT DL
  • Chain: Shimano 105 10
  • Shifters: Shimano 105 10
  • Handlebar: Easton EA50 OS
  • Stem: Easton EA50 OS
  • Brakes: Avid Shorty 4
  • Tires: Maxxis Larsen Mimo CX 700x35C
  • Rims: Ksyrium Equipe Wheelset
  • Saddle: WTB Rocket V Street Smart
  • Seatpost: Easton EA50


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fifidriver a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: September 28, 2009

Strengths:    High quality, Easton Ultralite tubing, great geometry, carbon seat stays smooth vibration (not sure why Kona did away with them), cool orange metallic color.

Weaknesses:    none that I can find

Bottom Line:   
Built up from frame purchased on closeout. I use it to race cross and road, just change the tires... Handling is perfect, like it knows what you want to do, high quality paint, super light. Entire setup is just over 18lbs for a size 56. I like sitting up a little higher than my road group, you can see just over their heads and higher bb clearance means easy pedalling in cornering and no issues off road. Handles like a dream in the cross races, and flattened top tube feels good on shoulder. Nice to have two bikes in one for running with the mb crowd as well as the road group. When camping I can bring one bike and 2 sets of tires, do the road and explore and then hit the trails, it goes almost anywhere. I have really abused this bike with no problems.

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Favorite Ride:   Olympia to Boston Harbor

Price Paid:    $445.00

Purchased At:   Speedgoat

Similar Products Used:   my first road/cyclocross bike

Bike Setup:   Full Ultegra 10; Ritchey WCS Carbon bars, post, stem; Ritchey WCS Protocol wheelset; Ritchey WCS Carbon fork; Avid Shory 6 brakes; Selle Italia SLR gel-flow seat, TruVativ Roleur carbon cranks.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by cuposurf a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: January 27, 2009

Strengths:    Light, fast, sure tracking.

Weaknesses:    Possible longevity issues with tubing or welds. Thin tubes might dent more easily than a Jake. Only available in orange.

Bottom Line:   
I built up this Cyclocross rig from the frame and fork. 07 MJ frame and EC90X fork with 9 speed Ultegra. EA70 wheels and EC70 seatpost. This setup performed great for me during the 08 Cyclocross season. This was my first go at cross coming from road racing. Smooth tracking in the corners and quick steering. Stiff frame that takes out the high end vibration. Tow in the brake pads and eliminate braking shudder. My 60cm frame as set up weighs 20.5 lbs. During the off season this bike has become my commuter rig with a seatpost mounted rack, pannier bag, and slicks.

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Favorite Ride:   Any Cross Course

Price Paid:    $599.00

Purchased At:   Beyond Bikes

Similar Products Used:   None. Only road bikes and mt. bikes.

Bike Setup:   Ultegra 9, Easton seatpost and wheels. Specialized Pro stem and Phenom saddle. Shorty 6 brakes.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JW a Commuter

Date Reviewed: October 21, 2008

Weaknesses:    Brakes. Terrible! I swapped them out for the brakes on an old Kona Hot. Much better. Also put a shorter, more upright stem on it. Us old guys with neck issues need a break!

Bottom Line:   
Could not be more happy. Lots of bike for the $.

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Favorite Ride:   The Tour De Alki (hills of West Seattle)

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   barely used on craig



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mg1 a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: May 26, 2007

Strengths:    Carbon stays smooth out the ride
Tracks like its on rails


Weaknesses:    -Requires patience to eliminate shuddering from front brakes...not an uncommon problems on cross bikes?
-Would prefer top mounted cables
-Had to get the bottom bracket faced to eliminate drag. LBS mechanics thought I was nuts, but it really smoothed it out. Thanks, Zinn.


Bottom Line:   
Great riding bike, excellent frame & fork + right mix of components for the $.
Only downside...now my road bike is collecting dust while I explore all the dirt roads and fire trails I've ridden past for the last decade.

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Favorite Ride:   Kiss Cross series in GR

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   First true cross bike...time to retire my 1990 Scott mtb

Bike Setup:   Stock, except Salsa bell lap bars, carbon seatpost, ITM Lite Luxe stem.
Swapped the 10 sp 105 with 9 sp Ultegra from an older road bike. 12x27 to tame the steep stuff.



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major jake geometry

Hey all, I am looking at a used major jake. I think it is a 2001. I am wondering if the geo has changed over the years? I can't find an old geometry chart for the 2001. ThanksRead More »

Bottom Bracket for Major Jake

I'd like to replace the bottom bracket on my 2009 Kona Major Jake. The FSA MegaExo was OEM on the bike. I think it has a 68mm shell. If I replace the B/B, I'll also look to replace the crankset and will look for cross gear - somewhere in the 46X36 range but I'm not that picky. Any suggestion ... Read More »

2011 Kona Jake the Snake vs. 2010 Major Jake

I am looking to build up a new bike for the 2010/2011 cross season and I have narrowed my frame choices down to the 2011 Kona Jake the Snake and the 2010 Kona Major Jake. I am looking to build a good durable race bike and I want to keep the total cost around ~$1600. I have most of my components alre ... Read More »

info on major jake BBH height/ride

i'm looking at a kona major jake, size 58. the goe chart lists the BBH, not drop. from the number (291) this looks like it might be a higher BB bike like the ridley rather than lower like the redline and others. i am currently riding a 5+ year old cannondale optimo which i like and i think is more ... Read More »

Calling Jake & Major Jake Riders

If any of you are riding a 59 or 61 Jake could you let me know what the floor to top of head tube measurement is. I am trying to get a little more frame stack height in my next bike and Kona doesn't indicate frame stack on the website. The top tube and seat tube on either of these frames suit me f ... Read More »

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