Road.cc has released a video featuring 6 of their favorite gravel bikes. The Rove NRB was highlighted as having a unique ride quality with its wide tires and geometry that makes it comfortable to ride easily on road or off.
Your rides are as varied as they come. Paved roads end and become gravel, gravel leads to doubletrack, and before you know it you’re ripping singletrack and forgetting you’re on a drop bar bike. And you love every moment of it.
Big tires and tried-and-true Rove geometry are at the heart of our new Rove LTD and Rove NRB. The Rove platform riders have loved for years as a commuter and a gravel adventurer has expanded to include new possibilities. The NRB and LTD are both spec’d with tubeless-ready 650x47c WTB Horizon tires, maintaining a similar outer diameter to a narrower 700c tire while adding the flotation and comfort of high volume.
Set up tubeless and at pressures you’d normally consider mountain bike territory, the 47c tires roll surprisingly quick on pavement, giving a ride quality that really steps outside the norm for bikes this fast. Stand up on the pedals and the efficient frames with full carbon forks do exactly what you ask of them, yet sit back and spin and you notice something’s different: road imperfections disappear underneath you while the miles disappear behind.
The high volume tires truly shine when the going gets rough. The lower pressures these tires are comfortable at makes for a natural transition to unsealed surfaces. Climbing and descending grip is improved, bumps in the road don’t feel quite as big. These characteristics can really open up a different kind of riding.
From pavement to singletrack and everywhere in between, the new Roves are a distinctly Kona take on a modern drop bar bike. We like to get rad and we hope you do too.
Everyone has their own special place, and to Morgan and Stephanie of Found in the Mountains, that’s the Selkirk Mountains in British Columbia’s West Kootenays. For two years, these two lived in a tiny cabin on Slocan Lake just outside of New Denver, and over that time they found that a bike that could handle all types of terrain was most suited to adventuring in the area.
We set Morgan and Stephanie up with a Rove LTD and a Rove NRB DL knowing they’d seek out some special spots as former residents of this natural and undammed glacial valley. Over a couple of days, they found blissful pavement with expansive views, rail trails along the lake and through the forest, and high mountains on forest service roads.
Idaho Peak is a classic destination for visitors to the Slocan Valley, the narrow and winding forest road leading from valley bottom to Silver Ridge and a relatively easy mile-long hike to the peak. As a riding destination, Idaho is known for its mountain biking trails which allow riders to explore the remnants of the area’s silver mining history. Yet the rail trail from New Denver to Three Forks, the dirt road through Sandon – a bustling mining town of more than 5,000 at the turn of the century, and the 12 km climb to the saddle are the perfect stage for the new Roves.
Down at lake level, the Slocan’s resource extraction history remains in the villages of New Denver and Silverton, with the old CPR rail line coming in from Nakusp to the north. The rail line now serves as a recreation corridor, and a great way to get away quickly. Across the lake, Valhalla Provincial Park is the only park in the province to protect three biogeoclimatic zones, from temperate rainforest at lake level all the way to rugged alpine peaks. Ride the lakeside, stop in for a sandwich, and head south to Cape Horn Bluffs for one of the most scenic roads in the province.
With the addition of three models with 650b wheels, the Rove line now comprises six models. The Rove enables you to expand your horizons and get just that little bit further out there. Head to the Rove platform page to check out all six models, and the Rove Innovation page for technical info and video.
The fall swing of the Kona Demo Tour gets started next week! Want to swing a leg over a new 2018 Kona, including the all-new Process G2, Remote, and Rove NRB?
Your first chance is this upcoming Wednesday, September 13th at Sun Mountain in Winthrop, Washington! Meet up with us at the Chickadee parking lot to swing your leg over a great selection of our 2018 models. For more info see the flyer below or hit up Methow Cycle Sport.
“What do you do if you’re given an open-ended brief to make whatever drop-bar bike you want? If you’re a Kona Bikes’ product manager, you embrace your company’s quirky Pacific Northwest, off-beaten-path spirit and go for broke.”
Read on at Peloton.
Erweiterung der Kona Rove Linie
Allterrain- und Mehrzweck-Bike: Das neue Rove ist Konas Interpretation von einem modernen Alltags-Randonneur. Zwei nagelneue Rahmen bilden die Grundlage für die Erweiterung der Rove Linie: Das Flaggschiff Rove LTD weist einen Reynolds 853 Stahlrahmen auf, während das Rove NRB und NRB DL über einen leichtgewichtigen 6061 Aluminiumrahmen verfügen. Alle drei Modelle sind mit einer Vollcarbongabel mit Flat-Mount-Aufnahme für Scheibenbremsen und großvolumigen 650B-Reifen ausgestattet.
Dank WTBs neuer Serie großvolumiger Tubeless-ready-Reifen in Größe 650B fährt das Rove weiter als jemals zuvor und bewahrt zugleich seine Schnelligkeit auf glattem Untergrund. Das Rove war immer schon sowohl schnell auf dem Asphalt als auch zupackend auf vielen anderen Oberflächen, und die Ausrüstung mit Laufrädern und Reifen in 650B erweitert diese Möglichkeiten zusätzlich.
Hast du dich schon mal gefragt, was einen modernen Randonneur ausmacht? Wenn du uns fragst, wäre es schnell auf dem Asphalt, müsste aber auch auf vielen anderen Terrains überzeugen. Steckachsen, Hydraulikbremsen und Platz für große Reifen. Das Rove NRB DL ist unsere Interpretation eines modernen Alltags-Randonneurs – unverkennbar Kona.
Das Rove NRB ist die Weiterentwicklung des Bikes, das ein Gravelbike war, bevor es diese Kategorie überhaupt gab. Wir haben ein nagelneues Rahmenset einschließlich Flat-Mount- und Steckachsaufnahmen mit den legendären Kona Fahreigenschaften kombiniert und so einen modernen Randonneur geschaffen, der wieder einmal alle Grenzen überwindet.
With new Kona models arriving in your local bike shop over the next couple of weeks, we’re doing a series of posts here on the Cog to introduce the new bikes. Keep an eye here all week for rad new bikes and updates to current models. Next up: The all new Rove NRB and Rove NRB DL.
Multi-surface, multi-purpose: the new Rove is Kona’s take on a modern, all-day drop bar bike. Two all-new frames set the stage for the Rove line’s expansion: The flagship Rove LTD features a Reynolds 853 steel frame, while the Rove NRB and Rove NRB DL feature a lightweight 6061 aluminum frame. All three new models are paired with a full carbon, flat mount disc brake fork and high volume 650b tires.
Making use of WTB’s new range of tubeless-ready high volume 650b tires, the Rove can now go further than ever before while maintaining its quickness on smooth surfaces. The Rove has always been quick on the pavement yet capable on a variety of surfaces, and the move to high volume 650b wheels and tires extends that capability yet again.
Consider a simple question: what does a modern road bike look like? If you ask us, it would be quick on the pavement but completely capable of putting in time on a variety of surfaces. Thru-axles, hydraulic brakes, and room for big tires. The Rove NRB DL is a distinctly Kona take on the modern all-day road bike.
The Rove NRB is the evolution of the bike that was doing gravel before it became a buzzword. An all new frame and fork with thru-axles and flat mount disc brakes combine with the legendary Kona ride to make a modern drop bar bike that pushes the limits once again.
Keep an eye here on the Cog and on Konaworld.com for new models arriving at Kona dealers every day!