I’ll go some more a-Rove-ing

Kona Rove

The Kona Rove is a cyclo-cross-slash-whatever bike, with eyelets for racks and fenders and plenty of clearance for tires forbidden by the UCI.

Some folks hate Mondays. But since I work a weird schedule that mostly shits in my weekends and Wednesdays, I mostly don’t mind ’em.

And yesterday was one of the better Mondays, as the forecast called for 70s and sunny and I had only grocery shopping on the to-do list.

So I dragged ass out of the sack at 7 a.m., enjoyed some java and a piece of toast while surfing disinterestedly for fresh revelations regarding The Cyclist Who Shall Not Be Named, then went for a short run. Yeah, I’m starting that nonsense back up again, and yesterday I managed 20 minutes on grass without collapsing into a weepy heap of exploded joints, synovial fluid and torn tendons.

After elevenses I attached a cyclocomputer and bottle cages to the latest review bike, a Kona Rove (unfortunate moniker, that), and we spent an easy 90 minutes getting acquainted.

The thing I like best about reviewing bikes for Adventure Cyclist — besides cashing the checks, of course — is that I almost always get to play with something entirely new to me. This time it’s the bike itself (never rode a Kona anything) and Hayes disc brakes (Avid, si, Hayes, no).

As usual, I can’t say much about the bike before writing the review, other than to note that it’s steel and green and so what’s not to like?

I’ll ride it again today, and then hunker down for the second presidential debate, God help us all. We have a bottle of Leopold Bros. American Small Batch Whiskey on hand for medicinal purposes, should we start bleeding from the eyes.

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9 Responses to “I’ll go some more a-Rove-ing”

  1. Steve O Says:

    Running? Dontcha know, the Almighty intelligently designed us to only run when chased. Bears, sabretooth tigers and the like. Emergency use, only.

    Otherwise, He would have made our knees bend in the other direction, so they didn’t wear out so fast.

  2. khal spencer Says:

    Pretty machine. Agree that that’s a bad choice of names for a bike, but maybe due to the fat tubes.

    I like the idea of the oversize steel tubing. My La Cruz has standard tubing and it has less of a fun ride than the Surley, with oversize thin wall steel. I’d like to get a Steelman one of these days, as long as it has all the eyelets, disk brakes, etc.

    We were in Albuquerque for the weekend and sans bike, I too went for a run. 50 minutes on city sidewalks on Saturday and I’m still sore on Tuesday.

  3. weaksides (@weaksides) Says:

    Hmmm…this is an interesting development. And my good friend with a bike shop happens to be a Kona dealer. I’ll assume he hasn’t looked at the new line to tell me about this one yet. I’ve kind of been looking for a steel frame with rack capabilities and big tire clearance- with or without fenders. Now if I can just get it frame only.

    I’ll be looking forward to the review in AC Patrick.

  4. khal spencer Says:

    I’m sold on ‘cross bikes as the best all around design for both utility and sporty riding (sport-utility bike, so to speak). So I am curious as to a comparison between the Kona and the Salsa LaCruz, but suspect that since the LaCruz is obsolete, it will not happen. Both have abundant tire clearance (I’ve run 700-40’s with plenty of room to spare) and disk brakes for stoppers.

    The hassle of the disk tabs and brakes on seatstays and front forks is that it makes it more cumbersome to attach fenders and racks. I have an REI purchased rack that is designed for disk brake bikes (http://www.rei.com/product/832784/topeak-explorer-29er-rack-with-disc-mounts) but so far, the best I have found for fenders is a set that mounts with floppy rubber band like things that I can kludge around the disk brakes and their mounts (Planet Bike EZ-45 mm fenders). Not very elegant, but they work. I lost one of the rubber band like things and had to cannibalize a long one into two short ones, but so far, so good.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Gents, a lot of folks — and I do mean a lot of ’em — are getting into this all-purpose type of bike. They generally are not light, but neither is the average American. And touring, whether you’re on or off road, isn’t about getting there fast anyway, right? It’s about enjoying the journey.

      This subset of bike almost always involves a bunch of compromises, most of them involving spec. So if I’m buying, I’m almost always gonna go for frame and fork, and then outfit the thing to suit my peculiarities, the way I did ‘cross bikes when I was still racing.

      K, take a look at TheTouringStore.com. My man Wayne can find you racks and panniers to suit any occasion or style of bike. He’s advised me on a lot of setups, including how to make fenders and racks work on a disc-brake bike.

  5. weaksides (@weaksides) Says:

    Yeah khal, said LBS-owning friend rode a Jake the Snake all last winter and loved it. He already claims it’ll be his weapon of choice to haul a trailer across the USA if we can make that happen in a couple/few years.

    We also did 100 miles of the C&O trail back in March and the Jake was very much up to the task. Of course my 80s era Fuji touring bike was equally up to it; but I’d say the lighter rig had him a little fresher than me when we slimed into Georgetown that night.

  6. apachectl Says:

    I’m gonna buy one but can’t test it before (online shop). I’m 5’11” with 33.5/34 inseam : which size would fit me best, 53 ? 56 ?

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