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Old 09-24-08, 10:52 AM   #1
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Opinions: Kona Dew Drop

http://www.konaworld.com/09_dewdrop_en.cfm

I've seen this on Kona's site, and can never really peg what it's all about. The Dew line is pretty much urban/off-road hybrids, and the Dew Drop seems to just throw drop bars and brifters on there.

I can't help but compare it to the Kona Jake because, like the Jake, it looks like a practical machine great for daily living. But the Dew Drop is clearly not a cyclocross bike: disk brakes and 37c tires are often outlawed, and the triple crank and having the cables routed under the top tube are not ideal for 'cross. But this gives me the impression that it's more of an all-purpose bike than any 'cross bike can hope to be because it looks to offer the most performance and practicality without being limited by racing regulations.

But I can't get a read on what the frame geometry is like. How does it feel to ride? Sportier than the Jakes? More relaxed? More/less comfortable? More/less upright? There are surprisingly few reviews when I google it, so I'm trying to draw whatever conclusion I can from the parts list. But that won't tell me nearly enough. No, I can't ride one to see, since there are none anywhere near me. I'm just more curious than anything else. Seems like a pretty cool bike. Any thoughts?
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I've seen this on Kona's site, and can never really peg what it's all about. The Dew line is pretty much urban/off-road hybrids, and the Dew Drop seems to just throw drop bars and brifters on there.
It's an all-season commuter bike. If the Motobecane PhantomCross "Outlaw" and the Trek Portland had a baby, the Dew Drop is what it might look like.

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I can't help but compare it to the Kona Jake because, like the Jake, it looks like a practical machine great for daily living. But the Dew Drop is clearly not a cyclocross bike, disk brakes and 37c tires are often outlawed, and the triple crank and having the cables routed under the top tube are not ideal for 'cross. But this gives me the impression that it's more of an all-purpose bike than any 'cross bike can hope to be because it looks to offer the most performance and practicality without being limited by racing regulations.
I would venture to say that there are a whole lot of folks out there (myself included) who like the durability and speed of a cross bike but will probably never enter a sanctioned cross race. I think you hit the nail on the head when you say performance and practicality without worrying about what some racing governing body thinks.

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Seems like a pretty cool bike. Any thoughts?
It's a nice bike. If I were making the bike, I'd do the frame in steel rather than aluminium, but thats just my personal taste. The aluminium frame probably holds up better to the abuse of wet weather and hard riding than steel would. I'm looking at purchasing a PhantomCross Uno this winter that will fill the niche that the Dew Drop would have filled in my collection but it's still a great bike.

I still really want a Kona Sutra for my collection though.
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I agree on the steel part, though I'd overlook that on a case by case basis.

I actually stopped by a LBS yesterday after work...the only one within 30 miles that deals Kona bikes. They have no shortage of mtb's, and even had a nice CAAD9, 1885 Bianchi, and a full carbon Bianchi...stuff like that. But no Dew Drop. No Jake. I'd even like to see a Kona ***** Tonk, but no. No Bianchi Axis or Volpe, either.

It's a shame. If I ever walk into a LBS and see Jake or Surly CC on the floor and in my size, I'd probably make a stupid impulse buy on the spot.

I'll probably go window shopping up in New England next time I visit my family in MA. I hear 'cross and commuter bikes are more popular and actually stocked up there. Would LOVE to see a Dew Drop in person.
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If I ever walk into a LBS and see Jake or Surly CC on the floor and in my size, I'd probably buy it on the spot and be happy that I just purchased a fun and practical bike.
I fixed that for you.

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I just tested a 60cm Dew Drop last friday. I found it to be very comfortable and practical, albeit I was only on it for a grand total of 30 minutes. During the short time I was cruising up and down some hills on the Westside of Vancouver I found the gearing, comfort, and stability to all be very good. The disc brakes, however, left a lot to be desired.

The combination of STI shifters and mechanical discs didn't seem to work very well at all. The guys at the shop tweaked them a couple of times but with no real improvements. If you have your heart set on something from the Dew series I would suggest going with the Dew Delux or Dr. Dew.
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There are other options:

drop bar, discbrake, 700c, off the peg

trek portland - http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...land/portland/

cannondale cross xr7 - http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/08/c...del-8XR7C.html

Brodie Ronin '09 - http://www.brodiebikes.com/2009/bikes/ronin.php
Brodie Ronin '08 - http://www.brodiebikes.com/2008/2008_bikes/ronin.php

rocky mountain solo cxd - http://www.bikes.com/main+en+01_102+...tml?BIKE=606#2

kona sutra - http://www.konaworld.com/08_sutra_w.htm
Kona Sutra - http://www.konaworld.com/09_sutra_en.cfm
Kona Dew Drop - http://www.konaworld.com/09_dewdrop_en.cfm

Orbea Diem Drop Disc (2009) - http://www.orbea.com/en-gb/productos...icicletas.aspx (see road bikes > fitness > diem drop disc)

focus cross disc - http://www.focusbikesuk.com/focuscyc...cross_disc.php
focus mares disc 2009 - http://www.focusbikesuk.com/focuscyc...mares_disc.php

Devinci Caribou2 (2009) - http://www.devinci.com/11628_an.html

Raleigh USA Sojourn (2009) - http://www.raleighusa.com/bikes/road/sojourn/
Rei Novara buzz road bike (2009) - http://www.rei.com/product/779985

rotwild rs1cx - http://www.rotwild.de/en/ (street bikes section)

Fixie Inc. Pureblood - http://www.cycles-for-heroes.com/bik...oss/pure-blood
fixie inc. pureblood - http://www.cycles-for-heroes.com/200...pureblood.html

Salsa la Cruz - http://www.salsacycles.com/laCruzComp08.html
Salsa Fargo - http://www.salsacycles.com/fargoComp09.html

Opus Sentiero - http://opusbike.com/site_route.php?lang=en (see 2009 bikes > road > cyclocross)

Genesis Croix de Fer - http://www.genesisbikes.co.uk/series/croix_de_fer

BikesDirect Motobecane Fantom Cross Outlaw - http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ane/outlaw.htm

Baron bicycles - http://baronbicycles.com/spec.htm
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...The disc brakes, however, left a lot to be desired.

The combination of STI shifters and mechanical discs didn't seem to work very well at all. The guys at the shop tweaked them a couple of times but with no real improvements...
Two things.

Disc brakes take time to bed in before they're sharp.

Did you check the mechanics had the correct ROAD disc version on the bike. They may have put the MTB disc brakes on which don't work too well with sti/ergo/sram levers.

Find another shop with the bike in stock and ask to test ride theirs for comparison.
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Also,I've had to 'fix' the disc brakes on 3 or 4 of my bikes because they weren't set up right by the shop. The front caliper on my Dixon wasn't even mounted straight.

My Portland has STI/discs. So did my old DBX,Sutra,and Conquest Disc R. All worked just as well as my flat bar discs.
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