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    2008 Kona Jake The Snake vs 2007 JTS

    I just received the detailed specs for the upcoming 08 JTS and would like your opinion on which bike to buy.

    Iíve test driven an 07 60cm and love it. Jake the Snake seems to be the right bike for me.

    I can order an 07 JTS from my local dealer for 15% off list or $1150. This is a sweet deal on a great bike. I can also hold out till September and pay list price for whatever 08ís run.

    Iíve compared the specís on both bikes and donít see a compelling reason to wait for an 08.

    Base on these specs, should I hold out for a few months longer for the 08ís?

    THE DIFFERENCESÖ.

    FRAME

    07 JTS
    Easton Ultralight with Easton EC70X Carbon fork
    08 JTS
    Kona 7005 Aluminum Butted with Kona Carbon Cross fork

    HANDLEBARS
    07 JTS
    Easton EA30 OS
    08 JTS
    FSA RD30 OS

    STEM
    07 JTS
    Easton EA30 OS
    08 JTS
    FSA OS-190X

    BRAKE LEVERS
    07 JTS Shimano 105 with Tektro RX 2.0
    08 JTS Shimano 105 with Tekto RL 721

    FRONT & REAR HUBS, SPOKES
    07 JTS
    Shimano Deore Front, Shimano 105 10 Rear, 15g front and 14g rear stainless DT
    08 JTS
    Mavic Aksium Wheelset

    TIRES
    O7 JTS
    Maxxis Locust CX
    08 JTS
    Maxxis Raze CX

    RIMS
    07 JTS
    Mavic Open Sport
    08 JTS
    Mavic Aksium

    SEATPOST
    07 JTS
    Easton EA30
    08 JTS
    FSA SL-280

    Is the 08 an overall improvement over the 07? Why?

    ps if you reply and want the scoop on other 08 Kona's let me know

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    There look like quite a few differences there. Have Kona fallen out with Easton?
    From frame to stem Easton have been replaced. FSA get the parts contract while Kona build the frame themselves. Seems to be a load of differences to me.
    Can I ask - what measurments are you - height / inseam etc. I'm looking to get a JTS and I'm 6'2" 34'.

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    I'd go for the 07 to get the Easton frame and fork. The Aksium wheels are nicer, but not enough to justify going for the 08. Although, if you want a nicer looking bike I think the 08 is much more classy, I'm not a fan of the LOUD grean on the 07, and the Aksium wheels are very nice looking (you have to look closely to see that they are not Ksyrium SL). The 08 looks a lot like my 05 JtS which I love.

    Kona's not the only manufacturer going away from Easton. Rocky Mountain has also started moving away from their long time relationship with Easton. I'm thinking there just wasn't enough (or any?) performance/weight advantage to the Easton tubes to justify the cost.

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    I too am not a big fan of the Neon Green JTS. At first I thought I could live with it but after seeing it again it didn't sit right with me. So I'm thinking of an 08 Major Jake. I can get one for $1,800 when it's avalible (Sept, Oct). I don't know for sure but I think it's a "world beater" out of the box bike for the price. I love the new green. The $700 price difference seems worth it (to me at least).



    FRAME
    Kona Scandium Race Butted
    Easton Ultralight with Easton EC90X Carbon fork

    F/D Shimano 105
    R/D Shimano Ultegra

    HANDLEBARS
    FSA RD250 OS

    STEM
    FSA OS 150LX

    BRAKE LEVERS
    Shimano 105 w/Tektro RL 721

    FRONT & REAR HUBS, SPOKES
    Ksyrium Equipe Wheelset

    TIRES
    Maxxis Raze CX

    RIMS
    Ksyrium Equipe Wheelset

    SEATPOST
    FSA SL-250

    HEADSET
    FSA Orbit

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    I am currently searching for a new bike. Some friends and research have lead me to the cyclocross style. I have discovered the Kona line and have only test-ridden the 07 Jake so far, but I really enjoyed the ride and want to try a JtS now, although the Jake is more in my price range ($800), and probably a better fit for my purposes (commuting around NYC 80-90%, weekend jaunts the rest of the time).

    My question is, if I decide to purchase a Kona bike do I hold out for an 08 Jake or go with the 07 Jake? Is there any reason to wait, other than a new paint job?

    Or will the differences pointed out above between the 07 JtS and 08 JtS bring the price point of the 08 JtS down closer to the $1000 range so I could then afford a JtS? The 07 JtS retails for $1350 at the LBS, $1000-$1100 would be easier to swallow. I really like the JtS (even though I haven't actually ridden one yet), but, again, I feel like it may be too much bike for my purposes...I still kinda want one though

    Is there a spec comparison between 07 Jake and 08 Jake available also?

    Thanks guys, I find this forum to be insanely helpful and informative. Thanks for everyone's insight.

    My mountain bike was stolen almost 2 weeks ago. I was using it for my 14 mile r/t commute and riding around the city. I did not realize how slowly I was moving and how much more fun I could've been having until I test-rode the Jake (and also a Specialized Tricross...which is really nice too). Anyway, perhaps the bike theft was a blessing in disguise as I'm really enjoying learning about bikes now.

    Adam
    Last edited by adamcsmith; 08-09-07 at 11:44 AM. Reason: forgot some puncuation and comments

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    I would get the 2007 version.
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    Hey Blownaway good to see you on here too! I opted for the 2008 jake. I like the new shifters a lot better then the 2007's and the new frame has that "tapered?" look like the JTS and MJ had in the 2007. Admittedly, I am sucker for the hottest latest. So when I found out the '08's were on their way I had to jump on it. I called Kona yesterday, they said at least for the jake, that I should see my bike by the 24th of AUG.

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    I picked up the 07 JTS. My LBS noted that the 08 JTS price had come down by $100 and was willing to give me the 07 for that price. I am looking forward to riding it!

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