The Run Up: Kona Jake The Snake Bike Check
Kona Jake the Snake Bike Check
For 3 seasons now, my trusty 2016 Kona Jake the Snake has been my cyclocross race bike. Its been been through a lot with me and now bears some battle scars, including a lovely dent on the downtube. Although I might be looking to move on to my next weapon, I think its time to give you a good look at my Kona Jake the Snake.
The frame is a Large 2016 Kona Jake the Snake which is aluminum with a carbon fork and, while I bought it as a complete with a Shimano 105 drivetrain, I have basically swapped out every part except the wheels, which are WTB ST i19 rims laced to unbranded Formula (probably) hubs, and Kona handlebars. The seatpost is a carbon Niner seatpost and is topped by a Fizik Aliantes VSX.
The drivetrain is Sram Rival 1 with a Shimano crank and Wolf Tooth Drop-Stop 40 tooth chainring. The cassette is an 11-32, which I found offered the perfect range of gears for any cross course. If it was too steep for that gearing, it was better to run anyways.
As I said, the wheels are WTB ST i19 rims laced to what are probably unbranded hubs and are set up tubeless with Clement MXP tubeless ready tires. I also used the Maxxis Speed Terrane tires for those hot and dry early season races.
The brakes are TRP Spyre SLCs with 160mm Avid rotors.
Cock pit is set up with the stock Kona handlebar, Sram Rival 1 levers, which have a couple scars, a 110mm 3T stem, and all wrapped up with Lizardskin DSP bar wrap which is my go to on all my bikes.
Finally, I did not forget about the little things that often go forgotten and unseen. The Kogel ceramic bottom bracket is fantastic and is so low friction its like the crank spins on its own. Also, this year, I splurged a bit on cables and got some ultra slick Jagwire cables with and pro housing, compressionless for the brakes of course. Its amazing how much of a difference cables can make.
After 3 fun years, its time to move on to the next great thing. Probably the new Jake the Snake with updated geometry and stuff. If interested, this bike is for sale.