Kona Jake the Snake Bike 1998 or Older

Jake the Snake

Kona Jake the Snake

User Reviews (10)

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JoshPants   Racer [Jan 20, 2011]
Strength:

Solid Frame construction

Weakness:

Stock Cranks, Cassette too small, I hate cross crankset gearing

Bottom line? I picked it up used for under $400 and was very impressed with the stock setup. However... I had a bunch of "better" parts in the bin, so I made it a little tighter/ lighter. I LOVE this bike. LOVE. I take it on some rougher trails and it feels solid under my feet. This alu. frame is quite overbuilt. It feels more like steel. Like I said, I love it.

I'll probably get another one someday.

Similar Products Used: None
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Tipsmiller   Weekend Warrior [Nov 08, 2010]
Strength:

Strong and tough. Cheap, cool looking.

Weakness:

None that I know much about.

I got this bike a year ago as a commuter. The knobbies that came with the bike wore out shortly, so I put on some slicks. This bike makes a great commuter! I am not scared to go over curbs at a reasonable speed, and I travel really fast. It feels stable at all times, keeping me up top when I decide to get around pedestrians through bumpy grass or whatever. I have tried a bit of cross riding, and this bike handled excellently. Overall, I would recommend this bike to anyone looking for a good quality and very sturdy commuter.

Similar Products Used: This was my first bike that was over 500 dollars and not a mountain bike.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Matt Gillespie   Cross Country Rider [Jun 03, 2010]
Strength:

Light weight, great fork, fast with road triple gearing, versatile.

Weakness:

Not as light or fast as a pure road bike. Can't just sit back and bomb on trail descents.

Ordered this frame online as a mixed fire road/pavement commuter because I get tired of riding with traffic all the time and don't want to drag a 30 lb mountain bike when it's not needed. built it up with a mix of used and bargain parts, such as the forte brifters from Performance, less than half the price of Ultegra. Put the whole thing together for under a grand.

The bike has exceeded all expectations- the ride to work is a pleasure over Railroad Grade with the knobby crosswolves, and a quick swap to road slicks produces a road bike lighter and faster than my old steel Trek.
Comes in at just under 21 lbs. with road tires on- cross tires add a half pound. Climbs and handles really well in hilly NorCal. Really recommend it to anyone who wants a road bike but thinks they might dabble in the dirt from time to time.

Similar Products Used: None- have a FS MTB and used to commute on a steel racing bike.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
ianschmitt   Cross Country Rider [Jan 27, 2010]
Strength:

This bike has an excellent initial spec. If you want to spend the money to be serious it can land you in the 1500-2000 range without wasting your cash. Very stiff. Very responsive. Great gravel road/trail or light trail bike.

Weakness:

Not for serious touring. Not for ultra serious trails unless you love going slow or walking. The chainstays are too short for real rack/pannier setup. Steel is for touring, aluminum is for racing and/or training. Not a ton of tire clearance.

If you want to:

1) Ride light trails
2) Get into cross but be serious
3) Have a great commuter/racer/tourer/trainer
4) Buy a Kona

Excellent do everything bike. Won't ride serious trails, if you say it can, I'd like to see you there.

Similar Products Used: Trek XO :(
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Large Marge   Cross Country Rider [May 03, 2009]
Strength:

Comfortable, fast ride for urban commutes over rough terrain, on and off sidewalks. Early season gravel and pot holes are no problem.

Weakness:

Cantilever brakes don't have the stopping power for quick stops in traffic (to avoid cars). Adjustment period for stopping, and hard to switch between this bike and other bikes with say, hydraulic disk brakes.

This bike is fun and fast to ride. The urban commute through traffic and up and down big hills is no problem. Comfortable riding position and addition of auxilary brakes, helps with lots of hand positions. The 2009 JTS has carbon forks and retro green color looks really hot.
Easy to jump off and on curbs and just feels more efficient than my old ride. Recommend this to anyone looking for a commuting bike where you have some distance and want speed with comfort and reliability.

Similar Products Used: None. Have used an old mountain bike with rigid fork, slick tires and flat bar for commuting.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Tony Vanderzanden   Cross Country Rider [Feb 18, 2002]
Strength:

Aggresive, Comfy, and Strong

Weakness:

Nothing Screams out so far...

I almost missed work on my first ride. This bike rocks. I happy to have a new girlfriend named Jake. You can not go wrong with this bike...
Beside the usual swap of parts. (Stem, Cranks, Ect) which will only be done if and when the originals bust. You need not change a thing.
This will be my Race bike, Commuter, and weekend thrasher. If you ride off road at all. You need not buy a road bike. Buy a cross bike. Buy a Jake the Snake...

Similar Products Used: GT ZR5000, GT Avalanche
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Thom   Racer [Apr 07, 1999]
Strength:

Light weight, excellent handling, frame comes well prepped from factory, tons o' clearance, sweet orange paint job, excellent service from factory.

Weakness:

Fork a little heavy(but very precise), down tube cable stops lack ability to have barrel adjusters on frame.

Excellent deal due to quality construction, fiinish work, handling and price. I wish the fork was a little lighter, but then the last fork I had was a Kinesis Cross-Lite. The frame is amazingly comfortable, especially for oversize aluminum. I heartily reccomend it to any one. Just make sure you score some inline barrel adjusters(Klein is a great source) or use a rear derailluer that has one built in,

Similar Products Used: GT cross frame, Redline cross, Bianchi cross.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Rob   Cross Country Rider [Feb 08, 2000]
Strength:

Stiff frame works great when you hammer, positive feeling front end, solid package overall.

Weakness:

Chromed plastic bar plugs pop out when you crash. Straight fork pretty harsh.

I'm using Jake for a 50k return commute on about a 50/50 gravel/pavement route. Big ring and drops on the pavement, smaller ring and hoods for the gravel. About 1000' of climbing and Jake honks up it and feels stable coming down. A great all around bike and I think probably 95% of mountain bike buyers would be better off with something similar.

Similar Products Used: No cyclocross. Specialized Epic Carbon, Kona Hot & Explosif, Cannondale SR-500.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Moonter   Cross-Country Rider [Aug 30, 1999]
Strength:

Ride,ride,ride.
Looks.
Parts

Weakness:

No way of adjusting the indexing of the front mech.
Not the lightest

This bike rules. It's SO much fun to ride. Cyclocross bikes are the way ahead.
Ride everything you'd ride your MTB over. Amazing.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Precious Roy   Cross-Country Rider [Jun 18, 1999]
Strength:

Versatile
well-designed
great spec - mostly
sweet ride

Weakness:

squeaky Ritchey brake
Funky Sugino crank
needs bigger cassette
front toe overlap at slow speeds
Horrible stock saddle
Freds think I'm Jake!

I'm quite tempted to say this is the favorite bike currently in my quiver. And that's saying quite a bit considering how much I adore my Klein. But this bike is the absolute bomb! It can handle anything you throw at it. Yes, the 700C wheels wont take brain-dead decents -- you really need to pick your lines, but that only helps improve ones handling skills. It's a tremendous commute bike, fast comfy and durable. I cant wait to race it in next year's Surf City Cyclocross season! Road tires turn it into a pretty fast hotrod. The steel fork is comfy but tracks very well. Okay, heres the nits I can pick. I had to swap out the front brake cause the Ritchey Logic canti would not stop squealing. I had an old pair of XT cantis laying around that solved that.
The saddle was this plastic Nitrox number. Might be okay for mud riding cause it just wipes clean, but that was gone after the first day. But who sticks with the stock seat anyway? The stock cassette wasnt geared low enough for me, so I slapped on a 32-T XTR cassette. My toe hits the front wheel at very slow speeds,when the pedal is forward, but it hasnt been a major problem. Finally, the crank - which has worked fine - is a bland Sugino unit. It says High strength and precision on the driveside arm, which I think is kinda cheesy.But overall, this is an excellent riding, cool looking, very versatile rig. I cant understand why anyone who loves the dirt would buy a true roadbike when a 'cross bike offers 90% of the road speed, plus the advantage of dirt-worthiness. 5 chilies, minus one for the brake, saddle and cassette choices

Similar Products Used: Schwinn SuperSport road bike
Klein HT
Redline Cyclo-X
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
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