An aluminum cyclocross bike talented with gravel grinder versatiliy
Kona is no stranger to the strange world of cyclocross racing. In fact, their bikes have spent so much time between the race tape and launching fly overs that the weirdness that is cyclocross racing quickly had Kona making unconventional, purpose-driven machines for unconventional, purpose-driven riders. Here we sit in 2017 and there's no better evidence than the Private Jake. Short chainstays, a relatively low bottom bracket and a slack head angle, coupled with front and rear thru-axles has the Private Jake delivering a superior ride quality with improved power transfer and handling speed.
Aside from it's giddyup and race frame design, the Private Jake is also insanely versatile when compared to most other cyclocross bikes. Not only can it be set up as a single speed rigster, but it also sees an adjustable 12x142 rear dropout, a new 15mm carbon fork, and clearance for up to 40mm tires that provides the race-worthy capabilities and training-worthy adaptability that a privateer racer requires. The frame rids itself of a front derailleur option in favor of the shorter chainstays to improve its snappiness and behavior.
This Jenson custom build pairs the Private Jake frame with SRAM's reliable and precise Rival 1, 11-speed group. The Rival shifters throw down snappy shifts across the 11-speed SRAM cassette that boasts a 11-36t gear range that will let you smash the straights and spin the climbs. When it comes time to slow things down, the Rival hydraulic disc brakes will stop on a dime no matter the conditions. The lightweight Easton wheels spin fast and smooth with Schwalbe Racing Ralph tires providing traction to confidently rail the corners. A cockpit by Niner and Easton top off this build that is ready to tame the gnarliest of CX courses or go cruise a casual gravel grind
Kona Race Light 7005 aluminum construct features thicker tubing at welds and high stress areas, and thinner tubing a low stress areas, creating a perfect balance between quickness and stiffness
Tapered Head Tube gives more girth at the bottom of the head tube to better distribute shock force, prolonging the bearing life of the headset itself and eliminating brake shudder, while providing positive steering performance
Adjustable 12x142 rear dropout and a new 15mm fork to provide a capable and versatile package
Clearance for 40mm tires allows multiple tire sizes to be used for varying conditions
SRAM Rival 1 group set Top notch 1x performance for CX bikes
Easton wheelset lightweight and durable wheels from one the most trusted names in cycling
Kona Race Light 7005 Butted Aluminum, 12x142mm thru axle with adjustable dropouts
Kona Full Carbon CX Race Disc, post mount, 15x100mm thru axle
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