Kona dew deluxe/dr dew
More or less decided on one of the two. Wondering what people think about them and if the upgrades on the Dr justify 400 more bucks. Gonna be using this bike for commuting and just riding around town.
Kona Dew Deluxe vs "Dr"
I have been researching and shopping online for a bike for a week or so, many hrs. My main riding I would do with the bike is an exercise recreation ride up the paved canyon road near my house, which is all uphill, (except when I come down), steep in spots, so I wanted a good climber, low gears but not heavy. I also ride to/from work occasionally (also have a good climb coming home). I have2 bikes now incl. a light road bike which I will keep.
I narrowed it down to a Jamis Coda (Comp or Elite). Trek 7700 FX, or Kona Dew - (Deluxe or Dr.) Didn't want to spend more than about a thousand. Reading the bike forum posts swayed me to the Jamis Coda, away from the Trek 7700 FX. I couldn't find any of these bikes used in my size on eBay or local Craigslist. Three Jamis dealers in the area had only 2 "regular" (cheap) Codas and not my size (this is September) & can't get a new one for 5 months.
The Kona Dew:
My 2nd choice, the Kona Dr Dew- also none at the local dealer nor available to order, but the LBD could order a Dew Deluxe my size and have in about a week, so that's what I did. The Dr. Dew does have some nicer components than the Deluxe and is a bit ligther, apparently (I found a site saying the Dr is 24# 12 oz; couldnt find for the Deluxe). For example the front derail. on the Dr is a Shimano 105 and on the Deluxe a cheaper Shimano Altus- (both have Deore rear derails). The Dr has a hydraulic disk brake while the Deluxe a mechanical disk brake, etc.
On the plus side for me for the Deluxe, the smallest front chainring on the "Dr" is a 30 tooth & the largest rear a 32, while the Deluxe has a 26 tooth front ring and 34 tooth rear, so it's better for the steep spots. It would be better for light trail use also. If you dont have much hill-riding planned, that could sway you more toward the Dr. I would be happy with either one I think, but would have paid the extra $ to get the better stuff on the Dr (had one been available)- I think it seems like a great bike for a thousand- you could spend $1500 and not get a better one. It will be nice to spend less and have the lower gears though. I will probably put some 32 or 34 mm tires on it in place of the stock 700x37c to help my speed, but save the 37s in case I want to do a little touring and carry a bunch of stuff. I probably won't do any upgrades to the Deluxe's components unless something breaks or wears out some day.
Bottom line- If $400 is a lot of money for you to save, I would just get the Deluxe but if you can afford it and will be riding it a lot, the Dr would probably be a nicer ride. I think both will hold resale value well.
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