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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on Kona Rove. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
15 reasons to buy
- Despite their differences, all Kona’s Roves performed well on and off-road.
- Ride quality was portrayed positively, as being stable and neutral.
- Whether aluminum or steel, with or without a carbon fork – the Rove gave a comfortable ride.
- Schwalbe Delta Cruiser tires had 3mm thick puncture protection and were good on or off-road. WTB Asyms were grippy and comfortable.
- An all-weather bike; the Rove performed well in mud, loose gravel, water and snow.
- Some experts said aluminum frames didn’t feel harsh. Steel models were comfortable and resilient.
- Internal cabling ensured a clean appearance.
- The Shimano Sora drivetrain represented good value on the DL.
- Wheels? Abuse was handled by strong 32-hole WTB SX19 rims paired to Formula hubs.
- The Kona-branded saddle was well-shaped, with a decent amount of padding.
- The 44cm, flared Kona handlebar was comfortable for certain expert testers.
- Tire clearance on the Swift left room for fat tires and mudguards.
- In terms of color, the “Matt Sage” struck owners as highly attractive.
- It was the opinion of one expert, that the NRB climbed well.
- On the NRB, brown bar-tape and buffalo / arrow graphics were nice touches.
7 reasons not to buy
- Although durable, WTB wheels left an expert with a heavy, ‘dead’ feel.
- The DL model tested was equipped with QR skewers, not thru-axles.
- TRP Spyre brakes apparently lacked bite and stopping power.
- On the NRB DL, component spec-level sometimes diappointed.
- The steel Swift felt heavy, more like a tourer than a gravel rig.
- For some, the narrow handlebar wasn’t comfortable on longer rides.
- An expert said the aluminum fork was chattery on the rough stuff.
Expert Reviews76/100 based on 3 expert reviews
Kona Rove DL
Kona says that the Rove is a multi-purpose, multi-surface drop-bar bike and that really does sum it up. It works everywhere, on the same day, on the same ride.
Kona Rove NRB
Let me start by saying that this is a very capable bike… Infuriatingly, the poor braking holds it back.
Review: Kona Rove NRB DL
The Rove is a great off-road bike, but it is not built to score KOMs. In numbers: 70 percent adventure, 30 percent gravel.
Review: Kona Rove NRB DL
Is it a good bike? Does it run well? Is it a fun bike? It definitely ticks all those boxes.
Your Next Adventure Bike? (Swift x Kona Rove)
…a pretty solid bike. Out of the box, I think it makes an awesome commuter. It makes a good lightweight tourer.