Kona Rove Review

Written by:

Liam E.

Last updated:

May 28, 2020

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Kona Rove

The Kona Rove is a cheap, multi-purpose drop-bar bike that is built to last. It looks good and has a wide range of gears which make riding the bicycle more enjoyable.

The Hayes CX Comp Disc Brakes provided excellent stopping power.

The Kona Road saddle is well padded, allowing you to stay comfortable all through your ride.

The Kona Rove’s tires have an extra puncture protection layer that makes it next to impossible for you to have a flat.

The bike is heavy, something that slows it down.

The bike’s drop-bars mean you have to ride with your back bent. This may cause your back to ache if you’re not used to it.

The Kona Rove is a hybrid bike, or what is also called a crossover bike. A hybrid is specifically designed with features that make it both an on and off-road bicycle. So you can use the Rove to ride to work and trail cycling when you have time off.

This bike is first in line in the Kona Rove series. Other Kona Rove bikes include Rove NRB DL, Rove NRB, Rove ST, Rove DL, and Swift Rove. The different bikes which all perform well on multiple surfaces are made from either aluminum, steel, or carbon.

The Kona Rove frame is made from Kona 6061 Aluminum Butted. The bicycle specs include a Kona Project Two Aluminum Disc fork, Shimano Claris Drivetrain, FSA Tempo Adventure crankset, Hayes CX Comp Brakes, and WTB Riddler Comp 700x37c tires.

The bike is available in sizes 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, and 58. Should you buy the bike, you’ll get a one-year limited warranty on the complete bike, and a limited lifetime warranty on the bicycle frame.

If you’re researching on a hybrid bike to buy, read our review on the Schwinn Kempo. A good option if you don’t like the features on the Kona Rove. 

Who is this bike for?

  • If you’re a rider who often ventures beyond the tarmacked city streets, the Kona Rove would be a good bike for you. The bike performs well on or off-road, so you’re guaranteed a comfortable ride wherever you go. 
  • If you want an affordable bike that is tough, durable, and versatile, seriously consider the Rove.
Kona Rove

Performance

What makes the Kona Rove able to go anywhere? The answer to that question lies in its features, which I explain below.

  • The bike comes with 700x37c tires. These are wide enough to absorb the impact when riding on gravel or cracked pavement. The tires have a 3mm thick puncture guard strip, so you don’t have to fear getting a flat when riding offroad. The wheels also have reflective strips on the side that make you visible when riding in the dark. While the tires last long and make your ride more comfortable, they are heavy. So they will disappoint when it comes to speed. You can, however, get lighter tires if you want to use the Kona Rove for fast rides. 
  • The Kona branded saddle is pleasant to sit on, and the extra cushion ensures you don’t feel bumps.
  • The Shimano Claris derailleurs and shifters work smoothly, allowing you to change gears easily as you tackle a mixture of gradients.
  • The mechanic disc brakes with 160mm rotors provide effortless braking in all types of terrain and weather. This stopping power is precisely what you need to come to an immediate stop, when you cycle in trails you aren’t familiar with.
  • The aluminum frame can absorb shocks well, giving you a comfortable ride.

Conclusion

The Kona Rove can do a lot. That makes it a decent option if you want a commuter bike that you can also use for weekend leisure rides or any other type of riding you choose!

Specifications

Frame:

Kona 6061 Aluminum Butted

Suspension

Fork:

Kona Project Two Aluminum Disc

Rear Shock:

Front Travel:

Formula 100x9mm

Rear Travel:

Formula 135x10mm

Crankset:

FSA Tempo Adventure

Bottom Bracket:

SRAM GXP 68mm

Shifters:

Shimano Claris

Rear Derailleur:

Shimano Claris

Number of Gears:

SRAM PG1130 11-42t 11spd

Brakes:

Hayes CX Comp 160mm front / 160mm rear rotor

Wheel Size:

WTB Asym i23 TCS

Tires:

WTB Riddler Comp 700x37c

Handlebar:

Kona Road

Stem:

Kona Road

Seat Post:

Kona Thumb w/Offset 27.2mm

Saddle:

Kona Road

Headset:

FSA No.10

Chain:

KMC Z8.3

Kona Rove

The Kona Rove is a cheap, multi-purpose drop-bar bike that is built to last. It looks good and has a wide range of gears which make riding the bicycle more enjoyable.