Bike Review - Kona Rove

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Another Adventure Road Bike - Is it for you?

Rove is another bike in the growing band of adventure road bikes. I took it out for a 5km ride with both tarmac and some country roads (yeah kaccha roads).

Rove - The Frame

While I have a nice carbon road bike I train on my custom Steel road bike. In fact I mostly ride steel bikes. So my expectations of an adventure road bike will be quite high ;-). Lets see if the Rove lives up to it.

The first thing you notice about the bike is its unique paint job which Kona calls rust/copper. It is a glossy brown with some nice sparkles. I love the colour and the finish. Some very exciting graphics gives a nice classic touch to the bike.

I was riding a 52cm frame. My regular frame size is 54, but I felt quite comfortable on this one. The frame enables an upright posture and the power transfer is very smooth and instantaneous. The Bottom Bracket also feels very smooth.

The Rove is the only bike in the Rove series which is made of an Aluminium alloy frame. The bike initially gave me enough confidence to take the kaccha roads a little harder, however the frame felt a little bouncy and was jumpy. Dropping the tyre pressure did make it less bouncy, but somehow the confidence the bike provides before hitting the bad patches is not really carried through.

Rust - Copper Colour

Gears

The bike has a Shimano Claris groupset which worked very well. The FSA Tempo crank with 50/34 chainrings is suitable for moderate climbs. 

I felt the Hayes mechanical disc brakes perform better than most other similar bikes with mostly Tektro Spyer brakes. Of course I expect the braking to improve further after the pads have bedded in.

The handle bar flares towards the drops and I didn’t find it very convenient. But this is a personal choice and I am sure many would find it comfortable.

Saddle

The saddle is a basic Kona Road. Something wider and more cushy would be more preferred for this kind of bike.


 

So as a package where does this bike stand? The moment we note that this copper beauty comes at just 53K the scales tip significantly. The complete package is fantastic value for money. The core things are all there. Application wise I would highly recommend this bike for someone who wants a bike for brevets or a comfortable road bike at a budget.

All the important things - the frame, wheels and groupset are fantastic. If this had a carbon fork it would be at a different level (well so would be the price). So go ahead and make your choice