Ok, LBS's within 3 hours have nothing in my size... So I'll be ordering a bike and largely sight unseen... but I'm not afraid.. as a total noob cyclist I will have nothing to compare it too and thus I'll be thrilled with whatever I get.
Now, I have largely decided on the Kona Jake based on the fact at the entry level price ($1100-1000) point it seems to have the best set of components... (am I wrong?)
I am salivating over the Kona Jake the Snake and considering it despite the fact that at $1600ish it's really in the I can't afford it range... especially since I have to buy a helmet, rack accessory for my Yak bars, and lock (at a minimum).
Now... I noticed that the Kona Jack seems to have 30 gears (50/39/30 - Tiagra Front Derailer)... while the upgrade Jake the Snake only has 20 gears (46/36 crank - 105 Front Derailer)... compact? Still I'm wondering why that is? Isn't more gears better? I recall being advised to get a large gearing range since I live in a very hilly area.
Anyway very confused by this...