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Old 05-06-05, 02:32 PM   #1
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Jake the Snake or XO

I'm looking to get a cross bike to race and to commute. I've more or less decided on the Kona Jake the Snake or the Trek XO1(if you any other suggestions let me know). Which one would you take, considering that they have very similar components, but the Kona is cheaper. Thanks
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I'm looking to get a cross bike to race and to commute. I've more or less decided on the Kona Jake the Snake or the Trek XO1(if you any other suggestions let me know). Which one would you take, considering that they have very similar components, but the Kona is cheaper. Thanks
I have an older XO1, which I love dearly. Last season, our cyclocross team had some sponsorship from Kona & team members bought a whole gaggle of them. Quite frankly, I think you will get the most bang out of your buck with the Kona. It certainly proved itself on the National level as well within our team.

I don't think you will go wrong with either choice. I am doing exactly what you want to do with your bike. In summer, I race duathlons & in fall, cyclocross. In between, it serves as my commuter & weekend fun bike.

Have a great day!
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I don't know about the newer XO but I haven't read too many positive reviews on the older XO's when it comes to racing. On the otherhand I've heard a ton of good things about the Kona, they look hot, and they're mountain bikes and downhill bikes kicks a$$. If they're cross bike is even half the quality of one of their mountain bikes I'd consider it a good deal, and for the money you can't beat it.

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On the otherhand I've heard a ton of good things about the Kona, they look hot, and they're mountain bikes and downhill bikes kicks a$$. If they're cross bike is even half the quality of one of their mountain bikes I'd consider it a good deal, and for the money you can't beat it.
to9 be honest, i think the jake the snake is the best bike kona makes. hands down. and that is saying a lot.
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Thanks for the input. I think I've changed my mind about the XO, however I'm taking a closer look at the Poprad. Any input on the fact that the Poprad has a steel frame and the JTS is aluminum?
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already a thread on that...'05 POPRAD or Connondale?? - pls Help :)
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