Written by Wally Wallace Monday, 24 July 2006 14:13
Yet another example of how the internet has changed our lives... Each year the most anticipated product catalog to arrive in our mailbox was from Kona Bikes. In early September we would received one or two catalogs a dealer packet and order forms. Well it is now the end of July and the 2007 Kona lineup is already published on the web for all to see. Here is the first installment of Bikeman's 2007 Kona Line-up Review. Bikeman will provide info on the new bikes and the inside scoop on things to look for in 2007 that are not on the Kona website.
Cyclocross season is just around the corner and Kona has a complete offering of bikes and frames for 2007. The most notable addition to the lineup is the new and improved Major Jake. The Major Jake has been in the line for several years now but this is the version we have been waiting for. Kona has answered our prayers for a race level cross bike, now we need it to be available as just a frame....?
Bikeman's keys to creating the ultimate cyclocross race machine. Start off with a good tubeset, Easton Ultralite tubing will surely do the trick. To really geek it out a carbon rear end is a must. Not only does this help with small bump absorption, something all cross racers will appreciate, but it looks damn cool. And finally and most importantly you must have a 130 spaced rear dropout. Sounds trivial until you try to mount up your new tubular race wheels and find out they don't fit.
The Major Jake covers all these bases and then some. Sold as a complete bike equipped with an Easton EC90X carbon cross fork, Mavic Ksyrium wheelset and a Shimano 105 10-spd drive train. A true race bike right out of the box for only $1999.95 MSRP. Currently we have been informed that this will not be offered as a frame set.
If you just need a frame Kona will produce a Scandium race frame, now dubbed the Major Major Jake. The weapon of choice for any racer looking for the lightest most responsive ride available. Formerly the Major Jake, the Major Major Jake features a 130mm dropout. This was actually a change last year as the Major Jake ended up with 130mm dropouts.
For the rider with a box full of parts and not much money in the piggy bank Kona will be offering the neon green, Jake the Snake, Easton Ultralite frames as well. Details will be coming soon on availability and price. Bikeman hopes to be offering these frames for sale on-line in the coming month.
Rounding out the cyclocross line-up of complete bikes are the Jake the Snake and Jake. Jake the Snake is a B-Category racer complete with an Easton EA70X carbon fork and a Shimano 105 10-spd drivetrain. Ready for race action out of the box the Jake the Snake uses a light weight Easton Ultralite tubeset and offers Avid Brakes, Mavic Rims and an FSA MegaExo compact crankset. And if you don't like the neon green color, well....
Jake will cover the other end of the spectrum as a dirt road loving, load me up for touring, bring me to an occasional race, all around performer. Jake features an FSA Triple crankset and mostly Shimano Sora components. Complete with rack eyelets and in-line top of the bar brake levers, the Jake can do it all. If you could only have one bike we recommend a cross bike. If you can only have one bike and you don't have a ton of extra cash, the Jake is what you need.
Kona was one of the first companies to produce a production model cyclocross bike, Jake the Snake, back in 1998. The tradition lives on.. Stay tuned for our next installment of the 2007 Kona Line-Up Review. We will be covering the other big wheel set, 29'ers.
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