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    No Kona love?

    Hi all, just joined and am surprised I haven't seen much on Kona hybrids. I started cycling regularly last year after I got a great deal on a used Kona Dew Plus. It may not be the fanciest hybrid I've seen, but it has excellent components for the price and has held up beautifully over regular riding. Compared to bikes I've had in the past, it blows them out of the water.

    In terms of quality and value for money, there's no other hybrid I would recommend. Any other Dew riders out there?

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    Yep.. my "ute" is a Kona Dew... I commute on it mondays and fridays when I need to haul my laptop and clothes for the week into work.. plus for family/touring rides... nice bike, solid and dependable..
    http://veloviewer.com/SigImage.php?a=207be&r=3&c=5&u=M&g=p&f=abcdefghij&z=a.png

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    KONA Dew Deluxe!!! Kona is pretty awesome in terms of versatility and dependability.

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    I'm very happy with my Kona Dr. Good. I don't think they have the dealer network of someone like Trek or Giant.

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    I was having a look at a Kona Dew today in a bike park. They are very popular here in Japan.

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    In my defence I can tell - only one dealer 30 miles away, the other one 60 and the next is 111 miles apart from me.
    Not a very popular brand in Florida.

    I like the name, i like the bikes.

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    What is with Kona? Do they give a different model name to every individual bike they make, like puppies? Every time I see one referenced it's a new (creative) name.

    KeS

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    I love my Dew Deluxe

    here's a couple of pics I already posted. In Canada they are really popular, especially here in the Pacific Northwest where they are based.

    Kona 2011 Dew Deluxe Matte-Black 53cm - Blackburn Flea 2.0 front and rear LED lights - Planet Bike Hardcore Hybrid Fenders - Voyager Rack with Voyager Kool-Box 0.75 trunk box - Cat Eye Micro Wireless Computer - Pinhead Locking Skewers - Ergon GP3 grips - Thomson Masterpiece Seatpost - Selle Italia C2 Flow Saddle - Krytonite New York Fahgettaboutit U-Lock and Chain/Disk Lock

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    What ever happened to the Super Dew? Saw one at a bike show and it was impressively lightweight (for a hybrid). The frame was scandium. Guess they didn't sell enough.

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    Love my Kona Dew Plus!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kzisou View Post
    ...I started cycling regularly last year after I got a great deal on a used Kona Dew Plus. ...Any other Dew riders out there?
    My son. He's a Dew Deluxe rider also. I wanted to buy him a 29er mountain-bike. He insisted upon the Dew (or the "Dewber" as we call it). He likes the skinny-tire/pavement thing, I guess.

    Still think I should've just bought him the 29er and taken the suspension fork for myself. Oh well.

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    Another Kona rider here, but it ain't no Dew. It's an older ('06) Smoke. It has some quirks that I don't like, but overall, it's been pretty bombproof.

    Kona just doesn't have the network that the Big 3 enjoy.
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    I have an '06 Dew Deluxe that has been fun and reliable for the past 5 years. Just routine maintenance and chain/brake
    pad replacement so far.

    pete

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    From what I've seen of Kona, I really like their bikes. Unfortunately, they don't sell them in China so I couldn't even consider one.
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    I've picked up two used Konas this season: a 2009 Sutra and a 2010 Dew Plus. I love them both so much I sold my Trek 520 and Marin Sausalito due to lack of use. Looks like I've started a Kona kollection! I'll get out one of these days for pictures.
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    I love my PhD!!

    My 2010 model here in the pic. Along w/ the Super Dew this is no longer in the Kona lineup; I assume to low sales volume.

    The bike suits me perfectly though, wouldn't change a thing.
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    Im actually now considering the Kona Dew... its pretty much that or a raleigh cadent ft0... I really want a rugged commuter that can handle most of what Iowa weather will throw its way without being bulky and heavy. So is the dew a good choice? And how expensive is it to usually fit it with fenders and a basket?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TStwahine View Post
    Im actually now considering the Kona Dew... its pretty much that or a raleigh cadent ft0... I really want a rugged commuter that can handle most of what Iowa weather will throw its way without being bulky and heavy. So is the dew a good choice? And how expensive is it to usually fit it with fenders and a basket?
    Three questions for you:

    -Are you planning on riding in the snow/ice at all?
    -Are you wanting a front or rear basket?
    -How much of a load are you wanting the basket to handle?
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    Here's my newly-acquired 2010 Kona Dew Plus. I've added the fenders and barends; changed the saddle, pedals, and bottle cages.



    Last edited by bikingbets; 08-20-11 at 05:56 PM.
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    Good questions:
    - I do not plan on riding in the ice or snow, with how snow is cleared here it would be pretty dangerous, and I think it would just be asking for trouble (klutz).
    - I do not have a particular preference, I'm very new to biking see thread (if you want) http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...gh!?highlight= what are the advantages to having front vs rear? I was thinking rear though initially, but that is more to do with me seeing that more commonly.
    - Load wise: Books for school, maybe somehow my backpack being strapped to it (this is nifty: http://www.amazon.com/Rixen-Kaul-KLI...-2147483553-20 a bit spendy though). Basically Im looking to use this bike for some fitness (achilles injury so no more running for me for awhile) but mostly for commuting 2 miles to school (University of Iowa), to the U's boathouse and where I work (hospital downtown). So I could be carrying gym clothes, scrubs, school stuff etc, and I wouldn't mind eventually doing grocery shopping.
    Getting a bicycle has ended up being a pretty stressful thing, and the expense is pretty disheartening for someone like me who has to pay their way.

    Thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    Three questions for you:

    -Are you planning on riding in the snow/ice at all?
    -Are you wanting a front or rear basket?
    -How much of a load are you wanting the basket to handle?

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    Kona Dew Plus.jpg

    Here's my rig, I think it's an 2008.

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    I love that green!
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    when i was looking for a new bike to replace my old commuter that was wrecked in an accident, i had narrowed it down to two bikes. i wanted IGH and hydraulic disc brakes, so i was considering the kona dr. Fine and the Scott SUB 10. fairly similarly bikes in spec and price, but my local Kona dealer would have had to special order one (though i took a test ride on a similar bike in their "dr." line of hybrids), whereas as the Scott SUB 10 was available through my local REI store with a 15% discount (their annual anniversary sale), making the Scott about 200 bucks cheaper, so the Scott won.

    nothing against Kona, but 200 bucks is 200 bucks.
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    I love my Kona Dew Drop. It commutes, tours, hauls groceries, runs trails, goes for long, fast cruises on the pavement, and doesn't need a whole lot of fussing and TLC. The very definition of an all-rounder: not brilliant at any one thing, but amazingly competent at many, seemingly contrary tasks. It's another one they're not making any more. Go figure. I guess hybrid buyers shy away from drops. Not me, I like 'em a lot.

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