Review Of The Kona Dew Range Of Street Hybrid Bikes.

By: Stephen Tern

All the designs in the Kona Dew range epitomize good value street hybrid bikes, from a well-respected producer, with tons of style.
They are hybrids that are principally directed towards street riding - to work and back say. However like any good hybrid they will also get you out on the lanes at the weekend. How do the various models compare?
All are aluminium-framed, using 7005 alloy, butted for strength. The sloping top tube has two advantages - a safe standover clearance and all models are unisex. There is some difference in frame geometry from model to model based on the design aims. They all have fittings for mudguards however - indispensable in a commuting bike.
They all have 700mm road wheels and all make use of Kona's own design Project 2 aluminium fork (with the exception of the FS suspension model). The triple chainset fitted to all models gives maximum flexibility on hills and for road speed.
The various models show enhancements and upgrades in the components you would suppose - gears, brakes and wheelsets.
The Kona Dew City is the entry level model:-
o Twenty-one gears in three ranges. Shimano EZFire gear shifters.
o Tektro V-brakes. Powerful and simple to keep in good condition.
o Flat pedals, wide tyres and a Comfort saddle mean that this is a sensible and relaxing bike to use.
o Very well priced.
The original Kona Dew is the next bike in the range. In virtually all respects itís identical to the City. But there are:-
o 24 gears in three slightly wider ranges.
o Slightly better front gear mech and wheel rims.
o More durable Tektro V-brakes.
o All this adds up to a very practical bike suitable for nearly all situations.
The Kona Dew Plus is the next bike up the series. The main change here from the Dew is in the brakes:-
o Hydraulically-operated disc brakes by Shimano - increased stopping power, particularly in the wet.
o More reliable gear changes from the improvement to a Shimano Deore rear derailleur.
Moving up the range we come to the Kona Dew Deluxe:-
o The upgrade to a 9-speed cassette now gives you 27 gears.
o Upgrades to the front mech, brakes, wheel rims and gear shifters.
o A key change to the frame which now has a stunning taper to the top tube.
o Narrower 32 mm tyres for greater road performance, possibly at the expense of some off-road capabilities.
If you want suspension, the Kona Dew FS is the model to go for:-
o The front fork is altered to a Suntour suspension unit, great for smoothing out the ruts.
o A suspension seatpost will smooth out more painful vibration.
o Modifications to the frame with more slope given to the top tube.
o Slightly lower gear ratios from some smaller chainrings.
o Upgraded front gear mech for smoother shifting between chainrings
o Great value for a suspension bike.
The Kona Dr Dew is a bike designed with no compromise for speedy street riding and commuting:-
o Project Two aluminium fork, and incorporating the tapered-tube frame.
o Hydraulic disc brakes from Shimano for better stopping power and wet-weather performance.
o The larger chainrings and Shimano Sora road bike components prove that this is a bike made for speed.
o The wheel rims are sleeker, as is the saddle.
o The handlebar is smarter, the pedals too.
o Smart grey paintwork, enhanced by the transfers means that this is a bike that will get seen.
Such is the choice available in the Kona Dew range that there is a bike for everyone here, and at superb prices too.

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You can read more about the Kona Dew together with alternatives such as the Bianchi Camaleonte at Tern Cycling Reviews.

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