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Old 06-08-11, 07:54 AM   #1
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2011 Kona Dr.Good

im trying to choose another bike for this summer and am looking at the Kona Dr.Good...priced at around $800 Cdn.
I had a Specialized Hardrock Comp Disc 2 years ago before it was stolen...only rode it on streets and didnt really like the fork with the suspension due to my weight (360lbs)
i was going to change the fork but the the bike was stolen.
i can now afford another and am interested in this Kona. i had originally picked the hardrock from reviews on this forum and they were right on with the recommendations.
im back at 360lbs and want to get back into biking. last year was a bad year and just couldnt afford to replace my bike!

any advice from the pro's would be great!!!

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Old 06-08-11, 08:10 AM   #2
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Any time you ask the forum for opinions/advice on a particular bike, it's nice to include a link. No, I'm not too lazy to Google it. Just saying.

Seems like a decent bike. I have no experience with IGHs though and I don't know how well they hold up to the stresses that we Clydes can put on a drive train.
I've had good performance from those tires and 36 spokes is a good number although I know nothing of those rims.

For the same money I'd be tempted to get the Dew Deluxe next to it. Only because it has a rear derailleur which is more in my comfort zone on "fixability".
Just me though, and I'm not a pro.

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I picked up a a Dew Plus a month or so back. I use it primarily for trips to the store, camping, on the MUP w/ my wife, etc. I like it a great deal.
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I agree with Chris. If you have even the slightest hills where you live the 27 speeds of the Dew Deluxe will be far better than the 7 of the Dr. Good.

I wouldn't mind having a single-speed / internal-hub-geared 7-speed like the Dr. Good for a second bike (commuter, grocery getter, etc.) but I wouldn't want it as my only bike.
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Old thread, I know, but I happened to be doing some searching. I weigh 275 and the Dr. Good I bought in March has been a great bike for me (except for the stock saddle which is horrible for a large butt). It certainly can handle more than slight hills. The 7 gears cover around the same range as two of the adjacent front chain rings on a derailleur setup. How often do you use all three front chain rings? For me it was very rarely. If you find you often need the fastest gearing of the big chain ring plus the granny gear of the small one then you might feel limited by the 7-8 speed IGH. I live in a hilly area. The granny gear of the Dr. Good is as low as I'd ever want and the top gear will get me to low-mid 20's MPH. Occasionally I want to go faster but it's rare.
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Love the Dr Good!

I am about 210#, so my weight is not a factor in my decision to get this bike. I had been looking for a city commuter that was modeled after a Dutch commuter in terms of riding position, comfort, durability and low maintenance componentry. The purpose of this bike was to replace my car. I live in an urban area and for those amenities that are not in walking distance, nearly all are in biking distance, including work.

I have had the bike since April 1, 2011 and I ride it every day. I outfitted it with leather grips (the kind that support the wrist), fenders and a rack. The Dr Goodis the most comfortable bike I have ever ridden when it comes to a sweet-spot riding position (and I have been cycling with road, dirt and mountain bikes my entire life... this is my first dutch-inspired commuter). Better yet, it performs WAY better than I was expecting my first dutch commuter to perform.

You need to have the proper expectations for this bike. 1. it is heavy, as nearly every internal drive hub bikes are. 2. It is not designed for touring, it is designed for slamming through the city. 3. Its not a racer. 4. its not built for off roading, not even a little.

I wanted a commuter that was:
-Comfortable, relaxed seated riding position that allowed me to see above car rooftops.
-7-8 speed internal gear hub = low maintenance and extremely durable.
-Sweep-back handlebars
-Drum or disc brakes.
-relatively good performing for the style ( I was completely willing to sacrifice some performance for comfort)
-Under $1000

My expectations as I was shopping:
-this will be a heavy bike
-this will not be a fast bike
-this bike will probably be loosey-goosey
-this bike will have the grandpa or "opa" look
-this will be a comfortable bike
-this will be a durable, low maintenance bike.

When I first got on the Dr Good, I was amazed. From the first down-strike on the crank, I could tell that this bike wanted to go. For such a comfortable, ass-heavy bike, it was tight and felt very efficient (keep in mind my expectations). It didn't look like the grandpa bike I was expecting to buy, and I was reluctant to even take it out for a spin at the shop because of that. Boy am I glad I did. I never realized that such a comfortable, leisurely riding position could be found in such a fun and responsive bike.

As another poster noted, I can easily get into the low 20s mph on this thing and I feel very comfortable with avg speeds at 15-18 over my 10 mile commute in a very relaxed position. When I need a burst of speed, I can stand up and really crank on it- and it goes! I can hang with touring cyclists for a decent amount of time, but they will wear me out after a while. Up hills, especially. But, down hills - watch out!

My advice with the Dr Good is make sure you get the sweep back bars. It comes with either the sweep back or the straight. Straight bars to me are not a good option for any commuter. They make you lean forward more and put more of your weight into your hands/wrists.

I say, if you are looking for a Dutch -inspired commuter, go for the Dr Good. The thing is bullet proof and a joy to ride at slow speeds or fast.
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