Cyclocross - JTS or Axis?
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Considering purchase of either Jake the Snake or Bianchi Axis.
They both seem similarly equipped. Is the Axis worth the extra money?
Which geometry would be better suited to road? (i will ride road
atleast 50% of the time on this rig)- any other suggestions?
Those are two very similar bikes with the $200 price difference going towards a carbon fork versus a very heavy, but durable steel fork. I think the frames have identical geometry and are both Easton Ultralight. If you buy either, or any bike for that matter, I would recommend that you tell the shop not to cut the steerer tube until you are sure about handlebar height. Both are outstanding, versatile bikes.
05-27-04, 06:08 PM
if you plan to race, avoid the axis, unless you can swap out the blasted triple chainring for a sensible double or single. the main difference aside from the fork is that the kona has road gearing in the rear and a road rd, while the axis has a mtb rd and cassette. my preference is road gearing... but that's me...
oh... and for the $200 difference, you can probably upgrade the kona steel fork to a cf fork.
Both are great bikes, the Axis has better components, but I don't know if it's worth the extra $200 overall. I like the Axis components more because they're more versatile. The gearing is well suited for general purpose riding, and the Axis is probably better for commuting and touring. This is preference, but I also like the fact that the axis has a triple front chain ring, so it will climb better.
If you're looking for a racing bike, I'd say go with JTS. If you're for a great all around general purpose road bike, the Axis is better, and probably worth the extra $
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