The 2013 Rove Prototype build, Kona’s new drop bar Cromoly all-terrain do-it-aller.

The Bike:
When it comes to “Monster Cross” or “Gravel Grinder” bikes, we wanted to design a ride that would excel on as many rough surfaces as we could throw at it. Everything from bumpy backroads to dusty highways, with all forms of irregularity in between. A bike that could go on a month long tour one day, ride to school the next, then race cross on the weekend. The Rove is all about filling that slot…or slots we should say. Featuring large tire clearance, eyelets for racks and fenders, and mechanical disc brakes, the Rove’s Kona Cromoly frameset is all about doing a lot with a little, and having boatloads of everywhere fun along the way.

Spec/frame Highlights:
• Sram Apex drivetrain with 36-46t, 11-32t gearing and 110mm BCD
• 44cm Kona Road bar
• Kona Cromoly straight blade fork, with oversized crown, low-rider mounts, and IS disc mounts
• 700x35c Freedom Ryder tires
• Hayes V-Series CX-5 mechanical disc brakes with 140mm rotors
• Key geometry numbers: 435mm chainstays, 73° seat tube, 72° headtube, and a 58.5cm toptube (size 59cm).
• It’s also important to note that the frame will accept a 700x45c tire without fenders, or a 40c with fenders
• Six sizes: 47, 49, 53, 56, 59, 61cm

Based on extensive testing in and around our Ferndale, WA product development offices—on everything from full-on singletrack to rough rural roads—we’re extremely happy with the versatility and ride feel of the bike. It doesn’t ride low, like some bikes in the category. It’s aggressive yet comfortable, nimble but sturdy. Priced at $1699USD, the Rove will be launched with Kona’s new 2013 collection and will be available late summer 2012.


Kona Cromoly straight blade fork with fender and rack eyelets, 40c tire pictured


Front disc brake mount: Hayes V-Series CX-5 mechanical disc brakes with 140mm rotors


Rear disc brake mount: Hayes V-Series CX-5 mechanical disc brakes with 140mm rotors


Rear stays with fender and rack eyelets. Clearance for a 700x45c tire without fenders, or a 40c with fenders