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2017 // Kona / Jake the Snake

Want to take your cross curiosity and turn it into mud-churning fun?
Brand: Kona
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Sizes 48cm to 59cm

This is one of the most diverse cyclocross bikes ever! The Jake the Snake is a well-equipped, ready-to-race, out-the-door cross bike. TRP brakes, FSA cross cranks and Clement tires are well versed in the art of playing in weekend mud. Mated to our lightweight aluminum frame and carbon fork, you will look forward to obstacles every lap.

Providing a ride that is compliant, precise and exceedingly confident, thanks to a refined Kona Race Light 7005 Aluminum Butted frame and tapered Kona Carbon CX disc fork, the Jake the Snake is as comfortable on race weekends as it is early-morning winter commutes, summer cruises or gravel races. Rack and fender eyelets, and disc brakes give this bike a distinctly do-everything attitude.

Race, commute, train, then do it again. Please, be our guest, the Jake the Snake does it all extremely well, at a price that only amplifies the smile quotient. Both our staff here in & Kona themselves constantly hear stories of people's love affairs with their Jake the Snakes, everything from winning amateur cyclocross races to battling through downtown snow to epic long distance challenges.

They've included a tapered Kona Carbon CX disc fork to help smooth the bumps and keep the weight down while providing a precise and stable feel. Rack and fender eyelets keep the commuters happy and the internal routing allows cables to run clean and smooth for a full season of thrashing. Di2 ready? You bet. This bike has all the bells and whistles a modern ’cross race machine needs.


  • Frame Material: Kona Race Light 7005 Aluminum Butted
  • Wheels: WTB STP i19
  • Fork: Kona Full Carbon CX Race Disc
  • Crankset: FSA Gossamer Cross CC
  • Drivetrain: Shimano 105 11spd
  • Cockpit: Kona Road bar, Kona Road Deluxe Stem, Kona cork tape
  • Brakes: TRP Spyre C
  • Tires: Clement MXP 700x33c
  • Saddle: WTB Volt Sport

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Kona Race Light 7005/6061 is a lighter, more performance-oriented fabrication of our 7005 and 6061 Aluminum tubing. Designed to meet Kona’s discerning race specifications, Race Light 7005/6061 uses custom butting to create thicker tubes at weld areas and important parts of the frame, providing incredible strength and torsional integrity to the feel of the ride. We remove wall thickness in other parts of the frameset to lighten up the bike, giving the perfect balance between quickness and stiffness. The emphasis here is on performance, lightness and speed, built the Kona way.


Short chainstays and seatstays provide a perfect balance of stability and power transfer when out of the saddle and pedaling hard. Shorter seatstays also have less deflection during braking and accelerate faster than longer stays. A more compact rear triangle also helps the bike to negotiate tight-twisting sections of trail. The Honzo, Operator and Process 111 are good examples of 2014 bikes with incredibly compact rear triangles: quick, aggressive in corners, fun to jump and laterally stiff.


By having the headset bearing located inside the headtube (called “zero stack”), rather than the top and bottom, we are able to achieve a number of advantages when it comes to front-end stiffness, durability and overall riding performance. The major benefit of an internal headset is the extra layer of protection it provides the bearings against the elements. Additionally, the bearings are commonly available angular contact bearings, which are easily and inexpensively replaced. An internal headset also reduces stack height, so the height of the stem and bars are more adjustable, giving the rider the best fit possible.


Aside from improving the aesthetic, due to its cleaner lines and smooth transition between the fork crown and the headset cover, tapered headtubes also offer a more solid interface between forks with tapered steertubes and the bicycle frame itself. More girth at the bottom of the headtube better distributes shock force, prolonging the bearing life of the headset itself. The inherent strength of its triangular design also means a stronger steering position and improved balance, giving the rider more control in rough terrain. A zero-stack, tapered headtube also puts strength where the load is going—into the lower headset cup—maximizing bearing durability where it’s needed.


Kona warrants to the original owner that their new Kona bicycle frame purchased from an authorized Kona dealer shall be free of defective materials or workmanship for the lifetime of ownership by the original owner. This warranty is limited to five years for carbon fiber frames. During this warranty period, Kona shall repair or replace, at its sole option, the bicycle frame if Kona determines the frame is defective and subject to this limited warranty. The original owner shall pay all labor and shipping charges connected with the repair or replacement of the bicycle frame. Please see the Kona owner’s manual, provided with your bicycle, for additional information.


An increasing amount of 2014 Kona models feature the benefits of tubeless compatible rims. Tubeless rims allow for tires with more puncture resistance, better tire grip on the trail, lower rolling resistance and weight savings over traditional tube + tire systems. For 2014, you’ll find tubeless compatible rims on most of our XC Race Light and Enduro bikes, as well as throughout our Cyclocross and Road platforms.

  Size 47 49 53 56 59 61
1 Reach 373 388 385 389 403 413
2 Stack 530 566 558 576 597 608
3 HT Angle 70 70.5 71 71.5 72 72.5
4 HT Length 110 110 135 155 175 185
5 ST Angle 74.5 74 73.5 73 73 72.5
6 ST Length 470 490 530 560 590 610
7 CS Length 425 425 425 425 425 425
8 BB Drop 65 65 65 62 62 62
9 Wheelbase 1010 1016 1022 1029 1044 1053
10 Front Center 594 599 606 612 627 636
11 Fork Length 398 398 398 398 398 398
12 Fork Offset 45 45 45 45 45 45
13 TT Length 520 535 550 565 585 605
14 Standover 755 778 797 823 849 863