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Kona Jake the Snake Sizing(5 posts)

Kona Jake the Snake Sizingjayb29
Sep 23, 2001 8:20 AM
I have an opportunity to buy a 2000 Kona Jake the Snake, but don't know if it going to be too small. It is a 52cm with a 53 cm top tube. My road bike is a 56cm, with a 56cm top tube (it fits perfectly for road riding). The standover height on the Jake seems good (a little less than my mountain bike), but I am nervous that the top tube is too short. The bike comes with a 100mm stem that I would switch out for a 120mm.

I plan on using the bike for the local cross series, and also for general late fall and winter training. (This will be my first time riding 'cross, but I've been a road and mountain biker for many years.)

Also, the bike comes with 170mm cranks. My road bike has 172.5 and my mountain bike has 175. Is this something I should change if I decide to buy the bike?

Thanks
Jay
re: Kona Jake the Snake Sizingthemayor
Sep 24, 2001 5:13 AM
sounds like it is WAY TOO small. Get a frame that has about the same top tube length...that is the most important measure. Also, if the front triangle is too small, you will have a hard time shouldering the bike. Don't worry about standover hieght too much....you won't be in technical terrain like a mtb...and you dismount from the side.
re: Kona Jake the Snake SizingRaddish
Sep 24, 2001 5:32 AM
Nothing to worry about - the shorter tube is good for the job. I'm 5.11 (33 leg)and have that size Jake. Just try it and see that your knees have some clearance on the bars. I would leave the cranks - you'll never notice the difference.
re: Kona Jake the Snake Sizingclimbo
Sep 24, 2001 7:48 AM
I would also say that it shouldn't be too bad as long as you have the chance to actually ride the bike before you buy it to make sure. That's quite a change in TT but if you can handle the longer stem then I would say don't worry about it. I would change the cranks out but maybe you'll be OK for a while, if you don't like it later on, change them over.
re: Kona Jake the Snake Sizingmuncher
Sep 24, 2001 8:04 AM
I have that frame in a Jake - I am about the same size as Radish - mebbe an inch shorter in the leg, and the size in just right. That being said, it's only 2 cm shorter than my roadbike (which is a 67cm), though the Jake is compact and the roadie isn't. I'd just try it and see, but with a very open mind as to size. Re the cranks - I'd leave them and see if they bother you - you have plently of low gear (it's a triple I assume?) and the extra clearance is a plus.

Enjoy.