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Rove ST build

Old 11-21-19, 10:01 PM
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Rove ST build

Finally finished her up and she's a ripper. For reference the tires are 650x2.1. The rear one fit with room to spare. Have another wheelset I'm going to use for slicks. Haven't decided on which slicks yet.

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Dang that's a lot of rubber! Looks really cool. It's basically the ideal setup for all the singletrack around me that is twisty and river bottom forest.

Why 2 different tires?...tread pattern or what you had on hand?
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Old 11-21-19, 10:26 PM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
Dang that's a lot of rubber! Looks really cool. It's basically the ideal setup for all the singletrack around me that is twisty and river bottom forest.

Why 2 different tires?...tread pattern or what you had on hand?
Tread pattern. Decided to try it out mtb style where you want a knobbier tire in the front for grip. The pattern itself is quite similar between the thunder Burt and racing Ralph but the Ralph's just have slightly bigger knobs.
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Looks great, love the coordinated headset and seatpost clamps. I have been thinking about buying or doing a build with this years Rove ST, purple frame with gold logo is a nice look. Chris King makes a headset finish called Matte Bourbon that looks like a near perfect match to the Kona gold lettering.
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Old 11-22-19, 06:14 AM
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Looks great but deserves a nicer background
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Great-looking build and that's what want my bike build to turn out like. I'm doing the gold accents, too, since I'm getting tired of all black stuff all the time.
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How does it handle? Have family thinking of getting a Rove ST.
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Originally Posted by Marcus_Ti View Post
How does it handle? Have family thinking of getting a Rove ST.
Not bad at all. My last gravel bike was carbon so it's less peppy that that but mostly because it's also 4lbs heavier. It's definitely more stable though. Also the bike runs big as the 56cm had numbers closer to my old bike which was a 58cm. Can't complain about the steel fork either, it just soaks up the bumps. After one ride I can't see the steel holding me back in any way.

The build went smoothly and I like that it comes with bolt axles vs the qr ones. Also it can take quite a bit of different size tires. I have a 700c wheelset with 700x40c maxxis ramblers on them and I was very surprised that it fit no problem with more than enough room for mud shedding in the rear. Kona is very conservative with the tire size it lists as compatible.

Oh and also the rear is flat to post mount adapter compatible which is not the norm. A lot of flat mount frames don't have the clearance.
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Wow--looks great! I LOVE my Rove ST, most comfy bike I've ever had. Running WTB Ventures on it now with no complaints, but your tire selection has me thinking . . .
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Originally Posted by gus6464 View Post
Finally finished her up and she's a ripper. For reference the tires are 650x2.1. The rear one fit with room to spare. Have another wheelset I'm going to use for slicks. Haven't decided on which slicks yet.

dude you got the humvee of bikes.
where Do you ride.
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Sick! What year is this bike? The 2019 model, and my 2018 Rove DL (quick release so it's a slightly different geo) both only claim clearance for 650x47 tires. I wonder if I could get away with doing this on mine.

What's the internal width of your rims?
How much clearance do the tires have?
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Wait don't put it out with the trash…
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Originally Posted by MoreLowGears View Post
Sick! What year is this bike? The 2019 model, and my 2018 Rove DL (quick release so it's a slightly different geo) both only claim clearance for 650x47 tires. I wonder if I could get away with doing this on mine.

What's the internal width of your rims?
How much clearance do the tires have?
Wheels are 20mm internal. Side clearance is 5-8mm and front yoke clearance is a boatload. Similar to my Kona XC mtb I would say. I'll take a pic.

Kona is very conservative with tire clearance. The Sutra for example can take a massive 29er tire but only advertises 50mm.

The frame is 2019 model.
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Old 12-04-19, 04:54 PM
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Originally Posted by thehammerdog View Post
dude you got the humvee of bikes.
where Do you ride.
I like to venture off sometimes on the same singletrack that I ride with my xc bike. You just can't beat a big supple tire on dirt.
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