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Any Kona Major Jake riders out there?(8 posts)

Any Kona Major Jake riders out there?unclefuzzy_ss
Jan 6, 2004 8:05 AM
Or any Scandium tubbed bike rider for that matter. I've got a line on one at a great price and am curious how they're holding up. I've been a steel guy for as long as I know, but this deal I'm getting is almost too good to be true, so I'm willing to try something new. I'm familiar with Al, big tubes bikes being really rough riding. Is this true with these bikes? I also wiegh 215+(230 w/winter fat), will this be able to ahndle my, um girth? I'm a pretty smooth rider, but I've got my moments. If I do get it, for the racing season, it'd be set up as a SS with an ENo hub from White Ind. For training and summer use, it'll serve as the roadie with gears.

Any opinions out there? Thanks in advance.

Major Jake is great...The Walrus
Jan 6, 2004 3:30 PM
...but to be honest, I don't notice any significant difference in ride compared to my '00 Jake. I'll have to break down one day and do back-to-back rides over the same route and see if one bike seems "better" than the other.

No issues with durability. They handle my, um, girth, just fine, and they're not harsh--but maybe the ride's getting smoothed by the weight.

Just FYI--Major Jake (at least mine) isn't Scandium--it's Easton Ultra Lite.
the '04's are ScandiumArnold Zefal
Jan 6, 2004 4:32 PM
and being sold as a frame only. The Jake The Snake is Easton, and the Plain Jake is 7005. I should have my Major in a couple of days. They just got them in at Kona on Monday. I was worried that the Scandium version would be more of a "disposable" cross course only weapon and would not take the abuse of single track and rough offroad rides. My LBS put me on the phone with Kona and they swore up and down it would hold up. Has a 5 year warranty anyway. I will report back when I have it built and a few miles on it.
the '04's are Scandiumunclefuzzy_ss
Jan 7, 2004 8:33 AM
Cool, thanks Arnold. Mine has arrived at the shop and I went to see it yesterday. Beautiful frame! Silly light in the 60cm size I need. The TT is cool in that it flatens out near the seat tube for portaging ease. The bummer is that its 135 spacing though for mtb disc hubs. I've already got an ENO hub for SSing it out in 130(I'll have to get new endcaps for it). I figure a 19lb wieght is an easy target. Maybe even less.
found that out today as well.Arnold Zefal
Jan 7, 2004 5:00 PM
wasn't to thrilled about that 135 spacing as I have road and offroad wheelsets I use. will have to put long axels in each now. oh well, even if I had know I still would have got the frame.
built mine up today.Arnold Zefal
Jan 10, 2004 3:36 PM
figured I'd snap a shot while it's as clean as it will ever be. just finsihed the build so will go get it dirty tomorrow.
looks good...unclefuzzy_ss
Jan 11, 2004 11:23 AM
what size seat post is it? I bought a nice Ti post in 27.0, which is what the rest of thier bikes are. Except this one. First it was the 135 hub, now its the post. I fifure I'll just buy a shim, cause I do want that smooth ride. Mines gonna be the opposite of yours basically. 60cm huge, and SS.I'll get pics up as soon as I can(but it'll be a while yet).

post size and ride reportArnold Zefal
Jan 11, 2004 4:37 PM
used a 27.2 with a shim, not much available in 30.0. cured the 135 spacing with a longer axel and some shims in my Ultegra hub. not ideal as the chainline in low gear is pretty bad, but I'm going to do some more tweaking on that.

got in about 3 hours of riding today. some fast hilly single track, a steep, deeply rutted fire road over a small mountain and about 20 miles of road riding. this frame replaced an older 7005 Jake The Snake that was too big for me, but I can't say there's any real improvement except for the fit. If anything the older style Jake has more forgiving handling and is definately less "buzzy". the weight savings is not that noticeable, although it did feel nice on the really steep stuff and short out of the saddle sprints. it's still a totally great bike but probably not worth the extra dough compared to the regular Jake unless you're really weight obsessed.