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Kona Dr Dew or Charge Mixer

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by rshall, 30 Jan 2008.

  1. rshall

    rshall Well-Known Member

    My work is running the bike to work scheme thing, and this year I'm hoping to take adavantage of it. I've narrowed my choice down to two bikes:

    The Kona has an aluminium frame and steel fork, 700C wheels, hydraulic disc brakes and derailleur gears while the Charge has a steel frame and fork, 700C wheels, hydraulic disc brakes and Shimano Alfine hub gear transmission The chain tension is acheived via an eccentric bottom bracket arrangement.

    I shall be using the bike for shortish journeys (10-20 miles) to start off with but might want to go further in the future. Both bikes have all the fittings I want, take mudgaurds and cost the same (£700). I want disc brakes because I'm feed up of wearing rims down in winter.

    Questions are; Has anybody got any experience of either of these bikes or the Shimano Alfine transmission? Which one would you go for and why? And how seize-proof are EBB?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Ashtrayhead

    Ashtrayhead Über Member

    Location:
    Belvedere, Kent.
    I've had a Dr Dew for about 3 years now and I love it. It's very robust, handles all road surfaces, but is also fast. (Don't get one mail-order from E**ns though....mine arrived with a broken rear axle). The only alterations I made to mine was to put on thinner tyres and now run on Armadillos and to fit bar ends. It's now on it's 3rd winter with no p******es!
     
  3. Ashtrayhead

    Ashtrayhead Über Member

    Location:
    Belvedere, Kent.
    BTW, what size are you after, I have another one, a 2005 model gathering dust, size 54, hardly used, never been in the wet!
     
  4. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    How much?
     
  5. P.H

    P.H Über Member

  6. starseven

    starseven Guest

    The Dew range is very sturdy but try one out first they have a steep head angle and with 700c wheels theres not much room for big feet. Sloping geometry means easy to size. A 56 large is ok for me at 6' but my son also rides it now and again hes 12 and about 5' tall.
    I used the bike for lots of 50 milers and quite a few of road routes.
    Frame is very stiff though, which is why mine had to go.
     
  7. Dormouse

    Dormouse New Member

    I had a Kona Dr Dew and I reckon it is the worst bike, for the money, that I have ever owned. It was OK on smooth tarmac but once you get onto uneven tarmac or anything slightly rough you will hear and feel every little bump. I broke mine up for spares and threw away the lousy frame. Try one out thoroughly before you buy is my advice.