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Old 10-12-04, 08:31 PM   #1
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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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Old 10-12-04, 08:52 PM   #2
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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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Old 10-20-04, 10:51 PM   #3
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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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Old 10-21-04, 07:40 AM   #4
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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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Old 10-21-04, 08:37 AM   #5
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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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Old 10-21-04, 10:45 AM   #6
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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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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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