The Rove has become the go-to bike for people all over the world that are itching to just… go! It’s spec’d just right, is easy on the eyes, the Rove makes quick work of the commute, gravel trail, or the after-work fitness lap on your local hill. The Rove is the elusive 650x47c steel bike that you can afford. It’s at home in an alley cat race, on the commute, as a messenger rig, or as your only bike. It was cool before cool was cool. It is a bike that wants to ride anywhere YOU want to ride.
Geometry & Ride Characteristics
The Kona Rove’s geometry longer top tube allows for a more stretched-out riding position, which is beneficial for long-distance comfort and efficient power transfer, especially when carrying a loaded bike. A slack head tube angle contributes to stable handling, a crucial feature when navigating uneven or technical terrains often encountered in bikepacking adventures. This stability is further enhanced by the lower bottom bracket, which lowers the bike’s center of gravity, making it easier to control when loaded with gear. Lastly, the chainstays are designed to provide enough clearance for larger tires while also being long enough to offer stability, yet short enough to maintain agility.
Riding the Kona Rove feels like a blend of comfort and performance. The bike’s geometry allows for a responsive yet stable ride, making it easy to maneuver through tight corners and technical sections. At the same time, the lower bottom bracket and slack head tube angle provide a sense of stability, making long descents and high-speed sections feel less daunting. Whether you’re on a gravel path or a technical trail, the Kona Rove offers a ride that is both exhilarating and confidence-inspiring.
- Top Tube Length: The top tube length ranges from 515mm to 598mm across sizes. This longer top tube allows for a more stretched-out riding position, which is beneficial for long-distance comfort and efficient power transfer.
- Head Tube Angle: The head tube angle varies slightly from 70.5 to 71.5 degrees depending on the size. A slack head tube angle like this contributes to stable handling, especially useful when navigating uneven or technical terrains.
- Bottom Bracket Drop: The bottom bracket drop is consistent at 74mm for smaller sizes and decreases to 70mm for larger sizes. A lower bottom bracket drop enhances stability and control, particularly when the bike is loaded with gear.
- Chainstay Length: The chainstay length is consistently 435mm across all sizes. This length offers a balance between stability and agility, a feature not commonly found in pure touring bikes.
- Seat Tube Angle: The seat tube angle ranges from 75.0 to 72.5 degrees across sizes. This angle is designed to position the rider in a way that allows for efficient pedaling while maintaining comfort.
- Wheelbase: The wheelbase ranges from 1016mm to 1068mm. A longer wheelbase contributes to the bike’s stability, making it well-suited for long rides and varied terrains.
- Reach: The reach varies from 372mm to 400mm across sizes. A longer reach can offer a more performance-oriented riding position, beneficial for long-distance riding.
- Stack: The stack height ranges from 532mm to 626mm. A higher stack provides a more upright riding position, which can be more comfortable for long rides.
vs. the Kona Rove AL
The Kona Rove AL serves as the base model to the more performance-oriented and slightly more expensive Kona Rove. While both bikes share the same frame, the primary differences lie in the drivetrain and brakes as follows:
- Kona Rove AL: Features a Shimano Claris groupset, an entry-level option that is reliable but less refined compared to higher-tier groupsets.
- Kona Rove: Comes with a Shimano Sora groupset, which offers better shifting performance and durability, making it a more suitable choice for extended use.
- Kona Rove AL: Equipped with Tektro Mira CX Mechanical brakes, which are functional but may require more frequent adjustments.
- Kona Rove: Features Tektro MDC550 Mechanical brakes, known for their robustness and more consistent stopping power.
vs. the Kona Rove DL
The Kona Rove DL is a performance-oriented and slightly more expensive version of the Kona Rove. While both bikes share the same frame, the primary differences lie in the drivetrain and brakes as follows:
Shimano Sora Drivetrain: Equipped with a Shimano Sora rear derailleur and Shimano Sora crankset, the bike offers a 34/50t chainring setup with an 11-34t 9-speed cassette. This provides a versatile range for tackling different terrains, a feature that stands out in its price category.
Tektro Mechanical Brakes: Features Tektro MDC550 Mechanical brakes with Tektro TR160mm rotors, offering consistent and reliable stopping power. The ease of maintenance and adjustment of these mechanical brakes adds an extra layer of practicality, especially for long-distance touring and bikepacking, making it a noteworthy feature in this price range.
Bag, Rack and Fender Mounting Points
Front and Rear Rack Mounts: These allow you to attach racks for carrying additional gear or luggage, useful for long-distance touring or commuting.
Down Tube Mount: This is the most common location to attach a standard water bottle cage. You can use this mount to hold a water bottle for easy access during your ride.
Seat Tube Mount: This is another common location for a standard water bottle cage. Like the down tube mount, it’s used to hold a water bottle within easy reach.
Under the Down Tube Mount: This mount can be used for an additional water bottle cage, especially useful for long rides. Alternatively, it can be used to attach a small tool or gear box.
Top Tube Mount: This mount is often used for a “bento box” style bag, which provides easy access to snacks, a phone, or other small items while riding. However, some riders may choose to mount a small water bottle cage here.
Fork Leg Mounts: These mounts can be used to attach additional water bottles or gear, such as small bags or cargo cages for carrying camping equipment or other items on bikepacking trips.
Fender Mounts: For protecting you and your bike from water and mud.
Kona Rove Featured in the Wild
The Kona Rove is a bike that defies the norms of weight metrics, offering a ride that feels lighter than it actually is. Matt Allyn, the author of the review, states, “It felt like a bike that respected your effort.” The Rove excels on various terrains, from steep climbs to gravel trails, providing a stable and predictable ride. Despite its weight, the bike’s performance on challenging terrains overshadows any concerns about its heft. The review also highlights the bike’s durability and versatility, making it an excellent choice for those looking for an affordable all-road adventure bike.
The Kona Rove is described as a “go-anywhere tourer” that is well-suited for both commuting and long-distance touring. The author notes that the bike’s frame “feels very much like an old-school mountain bike,” attributing this to Kona’s pioneering experience in the mountain biking field. The review highlights the bike’s versatility, stating, “If you’re looking for a tough commuter bike that you could use for weekends away then the Rove is a decent option – and if you want to take a trip-of-a-lifetime world tour then we would recommend it wholeheartedly.” The bike’s weight is noted as a limiting factor for those interested in cyclocross-style riding.
The Kona Rove is celebrated for its versatility and capability on both road and gravel. The author of the review describes it as a bike that “is all of them; all rolled into one,” emphasizing its adaptability for various riding conditions. The Rove’s geometry leans more towards endurance, making it ideal for long rides. Despite being a bit heavier than a dedicated endurance road bike, the author notes that the Rove is “still quick, and it is still comfortable for long miles.” Most importantly, the bike is described as incredibly fun to ride, holding its own on the tarmac while also excelling on gravel.
The Kona Rove is equipped with a Shimano Sora drivetrain, including crankarms, chainrings, and shifters, providing reliable gear changes. For braking, it uses Tektro MDC550 mechanical calipers with Tektro 160mm rotors, ensuring strong stopping power. The bike rolls on WTB ST i23 TCS 2.0 rims, shod with Maxxis Rambler EXO 650x47c tires for excellent grip and durability. The finishing touches include a WTB Volt saddle and Kona Cork Tape grips.
- Frame: Kona Butted Cromoly
- Fork: Kona Project Two Cromoly Disc
- Front Derailleur: Shimano Sora
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano Sora
- Cassette: Shimano HG400 11-34t 9spd
- Crankset: Shimano Sora
- Shifter: Shimano Sora
- Chain: KMC X9
- Bottom Bracket: Shimano ES300
- Calipers: Tektro MDC550 Mechanical
- Rotors: Tektro TR160mm (centerlock)
- Brake Levers: Shimano Sora
- Headset: FSA No.1/No.10
- Stem: Kona Road
- Handlebar: Kona Road
- Grips / Bar Tape: Kona Cork Tape
- Seatpost: Kona Thumb w/Offset 27.2mm
- Saddle: WTB Volt
- Seatclamp: Kona Clamp
- Front Wheel: Shimano or Formula 100x12mm (centerlock)
- Rear Wheel: Shimano or Formula 142x12mm (centerlock)
- Tires: Maxxis Rambler EXO 650x47c
- Spokes: Stainless Black 14g
- Rims: WTB ST i23 TCS 2.0
The Kona Rove’s frame is constructed from Kona Cromoly steel, a material renowned for its excellent shock absorption, durability, and supple ride characteristics. The bike features a tapered head tube design, which enhances steering strength and balance, providing riders with more control in rough terrain. This design also helps distribute shock force more effectively, prolonging the headset’s bearing life and eliminating brake shudder. This design also allows for quick and accurate wheel positioning in the frame before the rear axle is inserted. The Kona Rove is designed for 650b wheels, which offer the same overall diameter as traditional 700c gravel or commuting tires but with a smaller rim diameter and a wider, taller tire.
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