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A thread for questions about buying bikes


Got a Cannondale CAADX 105 that's otherwise great but I want a smaller frame size because trails and shit because fun.
I could buy another one with a smaller frame but also interested in the 2016 Kona Jake the Snake.

Also looked at Kona Rove (not sure about the 1x11 meme for my purposes though, for one) and the 2017 Jake (not sure about the ride of an aluminum fork).

Jake the Snake has thru-axle which is preferable.

G2gfast is very important but also usability (and fun) in places where g2gfast shouldn't go is of importance. Ability to fit wider tires would be great but not at terrible cost to g2gfast.

Rides vary in length ≈30-150 km (20-90 mi). Usually anywhere up to half of it is gravel/trails kind of shit. I ride in all sorts of places. I also ride a lot on snow and ice (4-5 months of snow coverage per winter).

Also taken a liking to occasional touring. Mostly tenting over weekends or so.

Bike of choice is CX because I'm afraid other more off roady/touring ones would be slow turds on asphalt. Also fun bikes to ride beyond their comfort zone.

Any other suggestions are welcome, too

tl;dr: which bike is gud 4 g2gfast but also adventure and shit?