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Kona Rove LTD 2022 – Review! – A Gravel Classic for Bikepacking

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Kona Rove LTD 2022 – Review! – A Gravel Classic for Bikepacking
Verdict
A capable and reliable gravel bike that is great for bikepacking
Gravel Capabilities
87
Handling
86
Comfort
88
Value For Money
84
86
Kona Rove LTD
image @konaworld

Kona Rove 2022 Review – Specs, geometry, weight, tire clearance

  • Frame Material: Chromoly Steel
  • Wheel Size: 650b
  • Number of Spokes: 32
  • Number of Gears: 22
  • Max Tire Clearance: 48mm
  • Drive Train: Shimano GRX 810
  • Weight: 11.1 kg
  • Price: $2,599 USD

The Rove by Kona is a popular bikepacking bike available in 650b and 700c versions, in aluminum or steel frame and fork.

As it often happens with Kona products, the Rove has become the go-to bike for a plethora of bikepackers all around the world – and of course, there’s a reason.

A bike made for grinding miles over miles across mixed surfaces, it’s kind of a light version of the Kona Sutra, a touring classic that we feature in our selection of the best touring bikes.

It has a slightly more aggressive riding position compared to the touring sister. With a 1.52 stack/reach ratio (pretty gravel standard), 61 trails, 435 chainstays, and a 1,048 mm wheelbase.

While the declared tire clearance goes up to 48mm, it has been reported to fit up to 2.1″ tires.

The Kona Rove LTD 2022 comes with a Shimano GRX 31-48t x 11-34t 22spd – a wide set of gears although not as ample as the Sutra.

The price of a Kona Rove LTD in 2022 starts from $2,500.



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max tire clearance650b/700c x 48mm
gearing31-48t x 11-34t 22spd
weight11.1 kg (size M)

Kona Rove LTD 2022 Full Specifications


FRAME MATERIALKona Butted Cromoly
SIZES48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58
FORKKona Rove Verso Full Carbon Flat Mount Disc
CRANKARMSShimano GRX 810
CHAINRINGS31/48t
B/BShimano 68mm
CHAINShimano or KMC X11 11spd
FREEWHEELShimano 105 or Sunrace RX 11-34t 11spd
F/DShimano GRX 810
R/DShimano GRX 810
SHIFTERSShimano GRX 600
BRAKE CALIPERSShimano GRX 400
FRONT BRAKE ROTORShimano RT54 160mm (centerlock)
REAR BRAKE ROTORShimano RT54 160mm (centerlock)
BRAKE LEVERSShimano GRX 600
HEADSETFSA No.1/12B/44
HANDLEBARKona Road
STEMKona Road Deluxe
SEATPOSTKona Deluxe Thumb w/Offset 27.2mm
SEAT CLAMPKona Clamp
GRIPSVelo Shock-Proof Bar Tape
SADDLEWTB Volt
FRONT HUBShimano 105 or KT 100x12mm (centerlock)
REAR HUBShimano 105 or KT 142x12mm (centerlock)
SPOKESStainless Black 14g
RIMSWTB KOM Team i23 TCS
FRONT TIREWTB Venture TCS DUAL or Maxxis Receptor EXO TR 650x47c
REAR TIREWTB Venture TCS DUAL or Maxxis Receptor EXO TR 650x47c
PAINT COLORGloss Faux Dark Chrome w/ Satin Lead Decals

Kona Rove LTD 2022 Geometry



 SIZE485052545658
1ST LENGTH480500520540560580
2TT LENGTH515531546562578598
3REACH372378383388392400
4STACK532551570588607626
5STANDOVER735754775794815834
6HT ANGLE70.570.5717171.571.5
7HT LENGTH90110130150170190
8ST ANGLE7574.57473.57372.5
9CS LENGTH435435435435435435
10BB DROP747472727070
11BB HEIGHT268268270270272272
12WHEELBASE101610291036104810541068
13FRONT CENTER592604612623628643
14FORK LENGTH400400400400400400
15FORK OFFSET505050505050
SIZE485052545658
1ST LENGTH18.919.720.521.322.022.8
2TT LENGTH20.320.921.522.122.823.5
3REACH14.614.915.115.315.415.7
4STACK20.921.722.423.123.924.6
5STANDOVER28.929.730.531.332.132.8
6HT ANGLE70.570.5717171.571.5
7HT LENGTH3.54.35.15.96.77.5
8ST ANGLE7574.57473.57372.5
9CS LENGTH17.117.117.117.117.117.1
10BB DROP2.92.92.82.82.82.8
11BB HEIGHT10.610.610.610.610.710.7
12WHEELBASE40.040.540.841.341.542.0
13FRONT CENTER23.323.824.124.524.725.3
14FORK LENGTH15.715.715.715.715.715.7
15FORK OFFSET2.02.02.02.02.02.0
KONA Geometry

FAQs about Kona Rove

What is the weight of a Kona Rove LTD?

A size 54 steel full stock build Kona Rove LTD weights 11.1kg or 24.25lbs

What size of tire can I put on?

The Kona Rove comes with 47mm tires and can fit easily up to 48c. The max tire clearance is up to 50mm but the risk is to have mud built up and the wheel stuck.

Is Kona a good bike brand?

Kona is not a colossus like Specialized, Trek, or Cannondale but it has a long history in the manufacturing of adventure bikes. Its most popular models, the Sutra and the Rove, are used by thousands of cycle tourers and bikepackers and have been proven reliable, comfortable and to offer great performance. Kona bikes are also great value for money.

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