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Old 07-24-14, 07:49 AM
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which is the best for road use ?

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I want a bike that can serve me to go to work (16km with nice hills), take a few shortcuts in the woods or road fire, and take trips around 100km (3-4 hours) the weekend (rather on roads and dirty roads...). I found two models for 1000 euros, the kona jake the snake (2013) and the rove (2013) : I like the both.
I like the disc brake on the rove, I like steel frame (I have an old Specialized MTB with steel frame) but the kona jake the snake feels more sporty.
Which model do you think is more appropriate for my use?
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Doesn't matter .. Dont like the stock parts pick change it.
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Either one will serve you just fine. The Rove is more oriented toward the type of riding you describe, but mostly because it is more relaxed by design. If you prefer the sportier feel of the Snake then you should get it.

The cantilever brakes will work fine in most conditions. A case could be made that they work fine in all conditions.
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I was in the same boat as you, and I ended up with the Raleigh Tamland. It is fairly similar to the Rove (one of the other bikes I looked at) in terms of material, geometry, and specs. I have been really happy with it, it really has been a great all around bike. I did a 40 miles ride on the road yesterday with 2 climbs, and without changing anything, I am going to do 30 miles of trails tomorrow. I have been really happy with the ride from the large tires and the steel frame and fork (same as the Rove), but the bike is pretty heavy. For a medium size, it comes in almost exactly as the Rove does, 24-26 lbs. I have also really enjoyed the disc brakes. They took a little more work to "learn" and set up the way I wanted, but they are easy to maintain and work great now that I understand how to adjust and maintain them.

I think you would be happy with either, but for me, the disc brakes are worth any other minor trade offs. I would also do some research on what kind of tires you want to run. I have found the Clement MSO Xplorers that came on my bike good enough on the road and solid for mild off road use. The closest thing I can equate them to is an AT tire for trucks or SUVS. Not the best at any discipline, but good enough at all of them that the ride and handling is safe and enjoyable.
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Both could work very well for your needs. I usually recommend just picking the one that feels like the most natural fit. The more comfortable you feel on the bike the more you will want to ride it, therefore it will be a better investment.
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I order the Rove today...
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