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'.
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.
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).
Kona Scandium Race Butted
Easton Ultralight with Easton EC90X Carbon fork
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.
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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.