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    Kona Dew vs. Dew Plus

    The Kona line looks like a pretty good bang for your buck. I'm looking for a bike for street and bike path riding and for pulling a trailer. Is it worth it to go for the Dew Plus (disc brakes) or would the Dew be sufficient. Any suggestions?

    Update: Still having a hard time deciding between these two bikes. I know the disc brakes would be nice but most of the salesman I talk to say that for pulling a trailer the disc brakes are a bit overkill. Can somebody help me make up my mind?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DocB View Post
    ...Is it worth it to go for the Dew Plus (disc brakes)...
    YES, absolutely.
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    Hi,

    I own one that I'm now selling. I like the bike, but I've switched to fixed gear for training and commuting. The large Kona's a bit small for me besides. It's a great commuter. The disk brakes are nice when it's wet -- reliable stoppage. I've fitted mine with fenders, an improved saddle, pump, bottle cages and it's a great ride. I would say that for a commuter, the disk brakes are worth the upcharge.
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    I suppose it would help if you expect your routine riding conditions to include the possibility of rain.

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    I rock discs on my bikes that I never ride in the rain. Longer lasting pads,easier/fewer adjustments,cleaner rims,easier wheel removal/installation,and they still work if the rim gets knocked out of true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DocB View Post
    The Kona line looks like a pretty good bang for your buck. I'm looking for a bike for street and bike path riding and for pulling a trailer. Is it worth it to go for the Dew Plus (disc brakes) or would the Dew be sufficient. Any suggestions?
    Still having a hard time deciding between these two bikes. I know the disc brakes would be nice but most of the salesman I talk to say that for pulling a trailer the disc brakes are a bit overkill. Can somebody help me make up my mind?

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    Go with discs, they're less hassle overall imo. As long as the cost difference isn't huge anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DocB View Post
    Still having a hard time deciding between these two bikes. I know the disc brakes would be nice but most of the salesman I talk to say that for pulling a trailer the disc brakes are a bit overkill. Can somebody help me make up my mind?
    How does your trailer connect to the bike? Will the rear disc caliper be in the way?

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    Good question. I don't own the trailer yet. It will be one of the Burley models. According to Burley's website it says that they will work with the standard hitch if I'm reading it correctly. Can anybody translate.?

    "A. Here are our guidelines for selecting a hitch to fit a specific bike.
    Standard Hitch: Designed to fit most bicycles. Alternative Hitch- QR and Nutted axle versions

    QR standard hitch comes with every Burley
    Works with disc brake and full suspension. Does not fit Breezer style dropouts
    Comes with safety strap, lock pin, and hardware
    Made of solid 6061 T6 aluminum
    Mono-stays require a longer safety strap which can be purchased separately.
    Standard hitch for nutted axles fits both 9.5 mm and 10.5 mm axles
    Alternative Hitch: For bikes with unique rear drop outs. QR and nutted axle versions"

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