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Beginner bike advice: 2010 Kona Jake ($450) or Nashbar Bike?

Old 07-08-13, 03:52 PM
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Beginner bike advice: 2010 Kona Jake ($450) or Nashbar Bike?

Hey guys,

Looking to get into Cyclocross and I'm debating between these two bikes:

1) https://www.nashbar.com/webapp/wcs/st...3817_-1_catNav

2) Kona Jake 2010 (local) for $450

What do you think?

Note: I am experienced road bike rider

Thanks,

Rob

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If this is the spec: https://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/B...e#.Udw8whyR-zk

Between the 2, I would get the Nashbar (with a 20% deal). Better Shimano 105 components. See: https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...oss-bike/page4

Also consider looking on eBay for a hydroformed aluminum frame CX bike in your size. It is off-season so you should get a great deal. Look at the Cannondale CAAD9 CX frames - my personal favorite. I bet you could get a complete bike for under $600 with 105 stuff.
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I've got a 2008 Jake, a 2008 Major Jake and a 2013 Jake in my garage, so you can probably guess what my response will be.

The Nashbar bike obviously has better components, but I think the Jake has a better frame. It's the same frame (but not fork) that you would get with a 2010 Jake the Snake. The tubes are shaped in ways to optimize stiffness and compliance where needed, and the geometry is great. The Tiagra components are decent. The triple crankset adds a bit of unnecessary weight for racing purposes but you can always strip it down to 1x9.
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Thanks for your input guys. The Nashbar bike seemed like an amazing bang for your buck, but I got impatient and ended up going with the Kona Jake haha. Went for a ride last night and I really like the feel of it so far.

Here's a pic of her: https://i40.tinypic.com/auz7ya.jpg

Of course it doesn't have the shimano 105 / dura ace hubs like my other beast, but it's more suited for handling rugged terrain than pure speed.

I'll upload a pic sometime this week when I get a chance. Can't wait to start racing..

Also, any recommended upgrades for a 2010 Jake?

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I'd say wheels, of course, but those don't look like the stock wheels. A CX bike generally needs two sets of wheels anyway. Other than that, either a lighter fork or a new crankset.

But here's what it really needs:



Mud!

Congrats on the new bike.
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Those actually do appear to be the stock wheels, Andy. I have a 2010 Jake, and it came with those crazy blue wheels.

Great choice OP! I like mine a lot.
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Thanks guys! I am pumped to join the CX arena... looking forward to doing some races in the fall. I took her out for a long ride yesterday and I am hoping to log 100 miles / week or so.

THanks for the upgrade suggestions too. Waynesworld, do you have any suggested upgrades/tweaks? The reason I ask is because you have the exact same bike as me haha
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Those actually do appear to be the stock wheels, Andy. I have a 2010 Jake, and it came with those crazy blue wheels.
I see. The spec lists the same wheels that came on my 2008, but they don't look like that. Crazy skinny rims for a 'cross bike.
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Originally Posted by vgnmail
Thanks guys! I am pumped to join the CX arena... looking forward to doing some races in the fall. I took her out for a long ride yesterday and I am hoping to log 100 miles / week or so.

THanks for the upgrade suggestions too. Waynesworld, do you have any suggested upgrades/tweaks? The reason I ask is because you have the exact same bike as me haha
Not really, but I ride mine as a road bike / all arounder. It is fantastic for that. For my uses, I've added a rack. I also changed the seat. I really haven't done much else, except for lights and a bag and such.

Andy can probably give you better advice, such as the triple advice above. If I had to change anything for my use, it would be a compact double and a 12-28 (or so) cassette.
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FWIW, I rode the 2010 Jake in the Mayor's Twilight Ride last night here in Columbus. It is 25 miles around town in the evening, on all types of roads, including some brick. I chose the Jake over my BMC Streetracer because of the varied surfaces. Also, the rack was handy. It performed admirably, as it always does. I have 32mm Vittoria Rando Pros on the Jake, and they work really well for everything I've had it on.

Whatever you choose to do with your Jake, vgnmail, rest assured that you have a great bike.
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