Gravel riding continues to be one of the most popular forms of riding. Gravel bikes are fun to ride on the pavement and are even more fun to ride on the dirt. The possibilities of where to ride become endless with this style of bike. The 2018 Kona Rove NRB Bike is a gravel bike that has an aluminum butted frame, disc brakes, and thru-axles. The bike comes with 650b wheels but can also use 700c wheels for commuting. The fork is full carbon fiber and helps reduce the vibrations from the pavement or gravel.
The Rove NRB comes with a Shimano Tiagra 2x10 drivetrain. This includes a Shimano Tiagra front derailleur, rear derailleur, shifters, and cassette. The cassette has an 11-34 tooth gear range which provides excellent climbing gears for those tougher hills and terrain. It features TRP Spyre C Flat Mount mechanical disc brakes which are simple to adjust and maintain and provide excellent braking power. It also has WTB Asym i23 TCS rims that are paired with WTB Horizon Road Plus TSC 650c47c tires. The tires and rims are tubeless ready so you can drop the tire pressure down for a smoother ride and better traction. If you're looking for a fun gravel bike that you can ride anywhere on, then you'll love the 2018 Kona Rove NRB Bike.
6061 Aluminum Butted frame is lightweight and durable
Shimano Tiagra 2x10 drivetrain provides smooth and reliable shifting
TRP Spyre C brakes provide ample braking power
Tubeless ready rims and tires so you can drop the tire pressure for a smoother ride and better traction
650b and 700c compatible for maximum versatility
Kona 6061 Aluminum Butted
Kona Full Carbon Flat Mount CX Race Disc
FSA No. 57SC
FSA Omega Adventure MegaExo, 32/48t
Crank Arm Lengths
Shimano Tiagra 11-34t 10spd
TRP Spyre C Flat Mount
WTB Asym i23 TSC Rims Formula Hubs, 12x100, 12x142
WTB Horizon Road Plus TCS 650x47c (650x40c size 46)
Kona Road Deluxe
Kona Cork Tape
Kona Deluxe Thumb w/Offset 31.6mm
WTB Volt Comp
Gravel, Road, Adventure
Note: Components are subject to change without notice.
Comfortable, capable, well thought out bike with a smart value-oriented spec designed for real world riding. Expertly assembled and very safely packed for shipping. I’m very satisfied with machine! I don’t know how Road Plus will be seen years from now, but I really like it. I’m not looking back.
Pros: 650B wheels, third bottle/storage mounting point Cons: Mechanical brakes.
I've only taken it for a short ride, but so far so good. I've envied the 650B wheels on my wife's Dr Dew for some time. These are significantly more comfortable than my other bike's 700c 32mm wheels and, they take quite a bit of the harshness out of the road. That said, had I purchased this at full price, I'd give it 4/5* because of value. The lack of hydraulic brakes is unfortunate IMO. Especially since, Kona's equally priced Jake the snake has them equipped.
The brakes on this bike aren't bad, and should improve as the pads bed, but they are definitely lacking compared to the hydraulics I have on my commencal city bike.
I was looking for a bike that I could ride on a lot of different roads, gravel, canal tow paths and well there are a lot of choices out there! I really wanted cushy wide tires to smooth out gravel, rough roads, etc. my test ride confirmed everything I was hoping for. Just need to get everything dialed in. I never bought a bike online before but the Jenson staff answered all of my questions. and it took literally 10 minutes to put it together. It took 10 minutes because I've never used a through axle (Haven bought a bike in years...still used to QRs lol). I wouldn't hesitate to buy another bike from Jenson. Looking forward to doing some long multi-path "adventure rides on this thing!
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