The venerable steel adventurer is back and, in addition to the smooth ride characteristics of steel frames, offers exquisite components with huge potential. This year, the Rove ST will get flat mount and thru axle mounts on its CroMoly frame set, as well as an SRAM 1x11 gear with a wide transmission range and tubeless ready wheels and tires. Where will the Rove ST take you? That depends entirely on you.
Rims compatible with tubeless tyres
Tubeless compatible rims allow tyres with greater puncture resistance, better tyre grip on track, lower rolling resistance and weight savings compared to conventional tube and tyre systems.
12 x 142 mm rear axle
12 x 142 mm, 12 x 148 and 12 x 157 rear axle standards offer two main advantages for Kona riders: the 12 mm diameter of the rear axle ensures maximum stability in the rear hub and frame, while the 142/148/157 mm outer diameter of the hub ensures that the wheel is fast and correctly positioned in the frame before the rear axle can be used. From 2016, the 12 x 148 standard will be available as a mix, especially on the new Honzo alloy. 12 x 148 offers more tyre clearance on the chainstay, while the rear wheel is more stable and durable than a 12 x 142 thru axle.
650b wheels and tyres have an overall diameter similar to a conventional 700c gravel or commuter tyre, but with a smaller diameter rim and a wider, larger tyre. The extra air volume in this new generation of urban and compound tyres allows them to be driven comfortably at lower pressures while rolling fast on a variety of surfaces at the same time. It is the best of both worlds.
Very few materials offer as much shock absorption, durability and smoothness as steel. Kona has never separated itself from the original material of cycling and has worked tirelessly to adapt, refine and renew the Kona Cromoly framesets as riders' needs evolve.