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    Thinking about a Kona Dr. Dew

    I've found a deal for a new Kona Dr. Dew at $800 (normally $1000). It's a little more than I was planning to spend, but seems like a good deal on an awesome bike. I'd like to know if I could do any better than the Dr. Dew, for $800 or less. I'm commuting about 4 miles to campus in the Pacific NW, so disc brakes are a big plus in the rain. I'm a bit of a new cyclist, but plan to begin riding a lot as my car barely runs anymore.

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    I just picked up my Dew Deluxe for 599. $800 is an awesome price for the Dr Dew. Dr has slightly better components and hydraulic brakes vs the mechanical on the deluxe. I hear they are harder to maintain.
    And don't forget about the cash you will need to drop on all those accessories like helmet, lights, rack/bag, tools, clothes etc.
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    My thought is that mechanicals are harder to maintain. Once the hydraulics are setup, there good to go for a long time. No worrying about dirt/grime/water/rust building up on the cables. They hydraulics feel good all the time!

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    It doesn't look like it has any dropouts for fenders and/or a rack. If you are planning on adding those, you may have to rig something up. If you are in the Pacific NW, I would think fenders that mount to dropouts are a must.

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    You're going to need fenders, tdawg! I never commute without them because they keep me less muddy and save an drivetrain wear. Here in the PNW they are really, really a good idea.

    You can get a Kona Smoke for like, less than $350? That bikes aready comes with fenders and for a 4 mile commute it would be perfect. Spend the extra money on raingear and a top-end rack.

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    My dew deluxe has the connections for rack and fenders. I added some Planet Bike Freddy Fenders. Had to bend a couple of the metal supports slightly to get around the disc brakes, but it worked out fine. Pretty sure the frame for the Dr Dew is the same.
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    do you have a rack on your dew deluxe? if so, how did you get it to fit?
    i've got the same bike and is having problem fitting a rear rack, and i don't really want to pay a premium for the old man mountain ones. thanks.

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    don't foget a GOOD lock!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimboa
    do you have a rack on your dew deluxe? if so, how did you get it to fit?
    i've got the same bike and is having problem fitting a rear rack, and i don't really want to pay a premium for the old man mountain ones. thanks.
    Actually I don't have a rack, just the fenders. But I thought the lbs told me I could fit one. Could the lbs be wrong?
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    There are eyelets for mounting a rack, but the disc brake caliper gets in the way of the supporting strut.

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    I've seen racks out there that have been build especially for this problem.

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    Yet another reason to skip disc brakes. Stick to the old rim brakes-- at least you can fir stuff on your bike.

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