Kona Dr Good Bike 2012 Hybrid £369.99 @ Chain Reaction Cycles RRP £749
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Kona Dr Good Bike 2012 Hybrid £369.99 @ Chain Reaction Cycles RRP £749

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Found 18th Jul 2013
I've been looking for a Hybrid and this Kona has caught my eye. Decent spec from a reputable brand and in my experience, pretty good customer service from the supplier too.

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Good bike , great price .

For the price this is a great bike. Even has hub gears. Kona are a great band, so this will be a great deal for somebody.

Huh. Didn't know kona did crap bikes too

single speed

il_capo

Kona are a great band, so this will be a great deal for somebody.


Tempted, but what kind of music do they play? Pop, Indie, Rock, Dance?

shinds

single speed


No

il_capo

Even has hub gears

7 speed nexus fit and forget hub NOT SINGLE SPEED

I tried hub gears once... VERY strange, the ratios take some getting used to.... Also not sure how to get the wheel off for punctures etc

As someone quite new to cycling, with a 24 speed hybrid, why is a 7 speed bike any good? Surely the ratios are so widely spread to make it a real chore to find a suitable gear in some situations?

Get it Dan, before they are all gone.

Out of ur 27 gears u have double ratios , seven gears in a wide spread is more than enough for a commute bike, I spent five years commuting with a 3 gear nexus hub with no problems.

out of 27 gears I only use 3 low med to high and high... can't wait for a good quality hub gear that is reasonably priced Hot

This seems like an excellent price.

silver999

I tried hub gears once... VERY strange, the ratios take some getting used … I tried hub gears once... VERY strange, the ratios take some getting used to.... Also not sure how to get the wheel off for punctures etc



You get the wheel of just like any other bike without a quick release, undo the nuts on the spindle and slide it out of the dropouts.

Bought my Kona Band Wagon from CRC a year ago, great bike, and CRC are in my opinion the best online bike retailer.

I'm in the market for a new bike, looking forward to people posting more cycling deals. This is a nice bike but not what i'm looking for. As if its marked down from £749. I noticed chain reaction cycles have reduced the price on alot of their bikes.

A hub on a single speed bike is a bit of an oxymoron, so no it's not a single speed.

Just wondering whether this may be a good bike for a front wheel electric conversion given the ratios.

Edited by: "sotomonkey" 19th Jul 2013

Sorry for noobish question.

Would this be suitable for a female for the occasional trail? Nothing major like rocks or jumps anything, mainly down paths around reservoirs, lakes etc?

Sizing guide on their website is extremely confusing, need to know what would be right size for a lady 5' 3"

Don't think the front wheel can be unclipped quickly. I would have issues fitting it in my car. Otherwise a good deal. I had a cheaper Kona for 3 years until it got stolen last week and was very pleased with it.

lewissymonds

I'm in the market for a new bike, looking forward to people posting more … I'm in the market for a new bike, looking forward to people posting more cycling deals. This is a nice bike but not what i'm looking for. As if its marked down from £749. I noticed chain reaction cycles have reduced the price on alot of their bikes.



Not sure what you mean by As if its marked down from £749, the current year 2013 models are indeed still that price at many places,

This is a steal, I have a Kona Blast mountain bike that I got for half price because it was a previous years model...great bike, no problems whatsoever

Jukie, I was only commenting on how much it has been reduced by. It's a cool price.

I know this is a bit of a niche question but any advice here regards an electric conversion? Is it feasible? It's just the gear ratio + the fact it has a hub, so easy switching, make it tempting but as it's got a hub I imagine it's a heavier bike?

Edited by: "sotomonkey" 19th Jul 2013

sotomonkey

I know this is a bit of a niche question but any advice here regards an … I know this is a bit of a niche question but any advice here regards an electric conversion? Is it feasible? It's just the gear ratio + the fact it has a hub, so easy switching, make it tempting but as it's got a hub I imagine it's a heavier bike?



You can buy a kit from 8fun, about £450 complete..... comes with a front wheel with hub motor, battery, controller etc etc. They are easy to fit apparently.
Have a look on Pedelecs forum about it.

Biker Jeff

You can buy a kit from 8fun, about £450 complete..... comes with a front … You can buy a kit from 8fun, about £450 complete..... comes with a front wheel with hub motor, battery, controller etc etc. They are easy to fit apparently.Have a look on Pedelecs forum about it.



Thanks. This looked good but it's rim brake only sadly.
bikeradar.com/gea…011

On second thoughts I'm not sure whether the benefits of hub gears are so great that they should be chosen over a bike that could take a rear wheel motor. What do you think?
Edited by: "sotomonkey" 19th Jul 2013

I've only really had a quick look into leccy bikes, or Ebikes as they are known... so i'm not that knowledgable about them.
Was looking at this on Ebay..... and they also do a mountain bike version.
ebay.co.uk/itm…928?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

KTM the motorcycle company, do some stunning looking Ebikes with great spec, but they are pricey at around £2K

I know nothing about bikes. My current bike is approx 16 years old Raleigh which I have owned from new built in Nottingham. This bike does not look much on face value. Can someone please advise.

1) What this bike would give me over my 16 year old Raleigh for the occasional 20 mile ride (I already know it would be less heavy than my steel frame)?
2) What this bike would give me over a similar priced Carrera from Halfords
3) Is it simply a brand snobbery thing going on here?

Thanks for any replies and advise. I sort of feel I should have a new bike now my Raleigh is 16 years old but not sure what extra it would give me???

Can someone in the know advise how it compares to the Moser one posted here

Im on the lookout for a new bike too, to also replace an old Raleigh. Like Marky, im not really sure what the real benefits are of these more expensive bikes to the casual cyclist, other than being lighter in weight, so easier to ride. However, surely using our current basic bikes, the extra weight will only help burn off more of our own excess weight, and build muscle, anyway!?

I'm certainly no expert but this is a completely different bike to the moser. Think of this bike as more of a solid commuting bike.

Hub gears will make the shifting extremely smooth and quick, require less maintenance and should be more reliable.

As it's a Kona it will be very well built and have a solid aluminum frame. Bikes with hub gears are not cheap so it's a bargain in that sense.

On the downside, hubs tend to be heavier and have low gear ratios so are not suited to very hilly areas.

edit: there's a guide here going through the pros and cons.
hubstripping.wordpress.com/gea…ur/



Edited by: "sotomonkey" 19th Jul 2013

Banned

Heat given, im a die hard kona fan and the perfect opportunity to show off my next bike. the 2014 carbon operator

http://cog.konaworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/SeaOtter2013-6625.jpg

Elton Chong

Heat given, im a die hard kona fan and the perfect opportunity to show … Heat given, im a die hard kona fan and the perfect opportunity to show off my next bike. the 2014 carbon operator



Not if you are over 14 years old though.

Commuter bike ?
No mudguards and silly bars, so I don't think so.

Banned

Nesima

Not if you are over 14 years old though.



You have no idea what you are talking about do you?

BorisTheSpider

Can someone in the know advise how it compares to the Moser one posted … Can someone in the know advise how it compares to the Moser one posted hereIm on the lookout for a new bike too, to also replace an old Raleigh. Like Marky, im not really sure what the real benefits are of these more expensive bikes to the casual cyclist, other than being lighter in weight, so easier to ride. However, surely using our current basic bikes, the extra weight will only help burn off more of our own excess weight, and build muscle, anyway!?



The Moser is a road bike - will be very light and fast whilst the Kona is a hybird - more suited to commuting and less smooth terrain.

If you ride a bike a lot then it's better to buy a good quality bike where the components will last. I've done over 8,000 miles on my Kona and it's still in great condition, whilst if I had bought a cheap Apollo bike I rather expect all the components would've failed me by now - the wheel rims would be bent, gears would be slipping, etc. Gear shifting, braking, turning are all inferior on a cheap hybrid bike and given the greater weight they're less easy to get about on. You're right though: you will burn off more fat and build up more muscle on a cheap and heavy bike with fat underinflated tyres.

shinds

single speed



Open mouth - insert foot!

Check your facts before you spout.

the Boardman hybrid posted is probably a better, much faster buy.

Banned

not the best, but certainly one of the best bikes

Probably a good bike at this price, but it doesn't look like much of a hybrid... No front suspension - a lockable fork is ideal, and the tyres look too near to road tyres to be a good compromise between

Nesima

Not if you are over 14 years old though.



Not many 14 year olds can afford £4-5000 on a full on downhill bike.

Anyone who thinks you need or want front suspension on a commuter bike is talking nonsense. I've had a Kona Dr Dew commuter for two years. Ride it every day and it's a joy.

I learned that if you want to start cycling regularly buy as nice a bike as you can afford. That way you'll use it. The difference is amazing.

This looks like a great buy.

stringsonfire

Probably a good bike at this price, but it doesn't look like much of a … Probably a good bike at this price, but it doesn't look like much of a hybrid... No front suspension - a lockable fork is ideal, and the tyres look too near to road tyres to be a good compromise between



Alot of hybrid riders, myself included, don't like front suspension. And the tyres can be replaced with something else. For many commuters 700x32c is the ideal tyre size. I see a good number of commuters out there zipping about on Specialised Sirrus bikes: no suspension and 700c32c tyres.

elton

are you over 10. lol that bike looks hideous
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