“With ten thousand kilometres on its wheels, the Kona Private Jake has proven to be one of the best bikes I’ve ever ridden.”
This really does go above and beyond – a great testament to the versatility of our Jake series of cyclocross bikes. It doesn’t take 10,000 km to get to know the character of a bike. In fact, most bike reviewers would be content to put 1,000 km on a bike before writing it up. So, when Wiggle‘s Tim Wiggins chose to spend nine months doing all sorts of riding on our Private Jake, it says something.
Over those nine months, Tim has ridden the Private Jake for big single day efforts, long distance commuting with all the fun detours, and some impressive on-road bikepacking feats.
“There are some bikes that are useful, practical, and reliable; they perform faultlessly, and get the job done. There are some bikes that are loud, interesting, and bold; they draw comments from other riders, and make you feel like a fighter pilot when you’re riding them. There are some bikes that just make you smile; they feel perfect, and your ride feels like a ‘state of flow’. For me, the Kona Private Jake has ticked all of the above boxes.”
The Jake series has long been our workhorse, the bike riders choose to ride day in and day out, on the cross course or, as you can see with Tim’s experience, almost anything else you can imagine. Dig in on Tim’s writing on the Private Jake at the following links:
Tim Wiggins on the first 1,000 km with the Private Jake
Tim Wiggins on 5,000 km with the Private Jake
Tim Wiggins on 9 months and 10,000 km with the Private Jake
1,900 km in 12 days on the Coasts and Cols tour