Kona Rove

69/100
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76
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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.

Bottom line

Kona’s Rove range serve as commuters, adventure, gravel and road bikes. The higher-end models (NRB DL, LTD) are built around 650b wheels with fatter, ‘road-plus’ tires. Other commuter models are designed with 700c hoops in mind. Frames are available in either steel or aluminum (with or without a carbon fork). The bike has a cult following but experts definitely give mixed reviews. Frames are complimented, but componentry on higher-end models is sometimes seen as underspecced and overpriced. The safest bet seems to lie with the steel models (ST and Swift).

Expert Reviews

76/100 based on 3 expert reviews
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Road.cc

Kona Rove DL

Level 4 expert

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.

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off-road.cc

Kona Rove NRB

Level 2 expert

Let me start by saying that this is a very capable bike… Infuriatingly, the poor braking holds it back.

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78
Fiets

Review: Kona Rove NRB DL

Level 3 expert

The Rove is a great off-road bike, but it is not built to score KOMs. In numbers: 70 percent adventure, 30 percent gravel.

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The Path Less Pedaled

Review: Kona Rove NRB DL

Level 2 expert

Is it a good bike? Does it run well? Is it a fun bike? It definitely ticks all those boxes.

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The Path Less Pedaled

Your Next Adventure Bike? (Swift x Kona Rove)

Level 2 expert

…a pretty solid bike. Out of the box, I think it makes an awesome commuter. It makes a good lightweight tourer.

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