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Old 04-30-06, 02:35 PM   #1
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Kona Dew (not deluxe)

I haven't ridden in years. I'm moving to SF in a few months for a job and I'm looking forward to a more outdoorsy culture, and I want to start riding now (currently in Austin, TX).

I went to the LBS and the Kona Dew did impress me. But I rode a couple of others (a Bianchi and something else) and the Dew felt good. But everyone here seems to be only thinking of the Dew Deluxe and not the Dew, and I'm more comfortable with $400 than $600.

Is the Dew itself an accepable bike? Or is it vastly inferior to the Deluxe (which is the vibe that I get on these forums from the searches etc.).

I have no intention of doing hardcore riding, this is more of an introduction to cycling as a hoppy to replace running (which I'm getting bored of).

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Old 04-30-06, 03:28 PM   #2
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I believe the Dew would be a great starter bicycle for you. Kona makes a great product. I have considered buying one, but could not find a dealer that stocked a Dew nearby.

Enjoy the low impact exercise,
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Old 04-30-06, 05:23 PM   #3
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Can't go wrong with a Kona.
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Old 05-04-06, 12:07 AM   #4
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Old 05-04-06, 05:37 AM   #5
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Yes - I bought a Dew Deluxe a year ago. Having ridden it a LOT, it's a great bike, but IMHO the ONLY thing you're really getting for the extra $$ is the disc brakes. The V-brakes on the base Dew are just as good in 99.9999999% of the stops you'll ever make. If I had it to do over again - BASE Dew - no question at all. Save your money - the base Dew is one of the best made, most reliable, and most comfortable hybrids on the market.
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Old 05-05-06, 08:42 PM   #6
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I live in the city and own a Dr Dew, but honestly the whole line is good. Just depends on your preference for brakes. I like riding in the rain, so the disc brakes were a bonus for me, but the non-hydralic don't actually stop any better than average V-brakes other bikes come with....unless it's wet and your going down a nice SF hill (the start of my commute every rainy day this year).

If you like it, and it feels good go with and enjoy.
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Did you go to Ozone Bikes on Guadalupe?

I was there the other day, nice shop.

I have ridden the Dew before and it was a nice comfortable ride.

Good luck.

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Old 05-09-06, 03:25 PM   #8
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Yes - I bought a Dew Deluxe a year ago. Having ridden it a LOT, it's a great bike, but IMHO the ONLY thing you're really getting for the extra $$ is the disc brakes. The V-brakes on the base Dew are just as good in 99.9999999% of the stops you'll ever make. If I had it to do over again - BASE Dew - no question at all. Save your money - the base Dew is one of the best made, most reliable, and most comfortable hybrids on the market.
Second that- Disc brakes only really come into their own offroad- or for heavy riders- or of you have money to burn.

The base dew is a good bike. There must be a few upgrades with the deluxe besides the disc brakes but for a Proper bike- this is not a bad one. I have a Kona and I have a Bianchi- Both of these bikes have the heart of the beast as good- The frame. Good bikes to build on and upgrade over the years as parts wear out.
My 12 year old Kona Explosif is still a bike that can mix it with the best and the Bianchi does.
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Second that- Disc brakes only really come into their own offroad- or for heavy riders- or of you have money to burn.
...or riding in a lot of rain, or constantly going up/down big hills...
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