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Dialed In: Kona Jake the Snake

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Kona’s Jake line of ’cross bikes has established the brand as a real ’cross powerhouse. Its mid-range Jake the Snake has learned much its carbon big brothers.

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With a fit and ride quality dialed for both ’cross and gravel it keeps the price down with a 7005 butted-alloy frame but still delivers a carbon fork, Hayes mechanical disc brakes and 11 speeds with Shimano 105. Alex CXD6 wheels and Challenge Grifo tires polish off a potent package.

Here’s another nice bonus: Jake the Snake wears the best-looking paint in the entire Kona lineup.

$1,700; konaworld.com

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