nstelemark
I’m in the process of building up a Rove Ltd.

Spec

Frame - 52cm
Wheels - WTB KOM i23/DTSwiss Revolution spokes/DT Swiss 350s
Derailleurs - Ultegra R8000
Brakes - DA flat mounts + RS685 levers
Crankset - FSA SL/K cross 46/36
Pedals - Candy 11s
Cockpit - Fizik Cyrano 00 bars/Cyrano R1 stem
Seat/Post - WTB Rocket team/Ritchey WCS

A pic of the bike and its stable mates
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brando
Nice! What tires? What year and size are your Major Jakes?

I am currently building up a 2017 Rove ST to hang between a Honky Tonk and an Explosif, also each built from frame up. I love closeout Kona frames. It takes longer, but if you do everything right it looks and feels dialed just for you, and is definitely a keeper.
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nstelemark
Tires - 42mm PariMotos

Jakes - three actually (one not in the picture)

56cm likely 2010 team issue Major Jake team orange(fork has bigger blades than the standard MJ).
52cm 2009 regular Major Jake White
56cm 2010 Jake the Snake Blue

All the Jakes are custom builds (well everything we have is a custom build).

I like close outs too but there won’t be any Rove Ltd frames on closeout, they are selling through immediately so I grabbed one while I could.

I’lll update this thread as I get myself organised to do the build.


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brando
Cool collection. Closeouts are a great opportunistic build, but when a sweet new model comes out you gotta get it! Good luck finishing it up.
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dkoor
Lovely bike... I have Rove from 2013, rides good [cool] .
What nipples did you put there on wheel?
I'm asking because I'm considering same components for the most part...
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nstelemark
Brass locking.
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dkoor
Thanks for the reply!
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nstelemark
I haven't got any farther with this yet. Got distracted with my wife's DI2 Crockett Build.

http://ridinggravel.com/forum/?p=post%2Fcrockett-5-di2-build-9673788%3Fpid%3D1303476200
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nstelemark
Almost done, derailleurs need to be setup, chain needs to go on and bar tape. Around 20lbs, definitely heavier than my Major Jake which is 18 or so but it is steel and the Jake is cantis which are light. Progress so far:

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nstelemark
Some notes that might help someone else:

The cable mount bosses are quite large and I decided to use proper cable clips rather than zip ties. There are multiple sizes of these clips and the thicker ones were difficult to get on the frame bosses.

The rear brake mount is 20mm thick. The standard flat mount bolts supplied by Shimano are sized for a 25mm thick mount so you will either need spacers or shorter bolts (33mm for Shimano vice the 38mm that is supplied with the brakes). The rear brake mount is set up for 140mm rotors with no spacer. If you want 160s you will need a mount spacer (I am running 140s).

The frame comes factory prepared for BB fitment you don’t have to do anything special (ie paint has been removed appropriately, etc).

On a side note the paint is really really high quality, very thick and very strong.
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nstelemark
Finally DONE!

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dkoor
Looks great 🙂 ... do you happen to know the frame(set) weight ?
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nstelemark
I would like to say I had the forethought to weigh it but I did not.  Based on comparing it to my wife's DI2 Crockett, it is just noticeably heavier which would put the full bike at 20lbs and the frame+fork at 5.5 lbs.  The fork is 1 lbs which puts the frame at 4.5lbs.  Certainly lbs heavier than an UP, or similar which is around 2 lbs.

It is heavier than my Kona MJ which is around 18, but it is steel and disc.
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dkoor
nstelemark wrote:
I would like to say I had the forethought to weigh it but I did not.  Based on comparing it to my wife's DI2 Crockett, it is just noticeably heavier which would put the full bike at 20lbs and the frame+fork at 5.5 lbs.  The fork is 1 lbs which puts the frame at 4.5lbs.  Certainly lbs heavier than an UP, or similar which is around 2 lbs.

It is heavier than my Kona MJ which is around 18, but it is steel and disc.


Thank you!

My Kona Rove ST 2013 complete is currently about 12,3kg which is 27,12 lbs (hope I got conversion kg - lbs right). Saying this only because it's the same "type" as yours, although my version is steel 4130 vulgaris...
(Mind you, I haven't checked weight on some super precise scale, I used home scale, weighted myself then held the bike and subtracted one weight from another. Repeated it couple of times to negate weight error as much as possible.)

That weight is for size 56 and also I changed some of the bike parts, flat handlebar WCS Ritchey, Ritchey comp seatpost, DT 350 front hub, Panaracer/Schwalbe tires (both considerably lighter than stock WTB), tad more weighty Selle Royal saddle but worlds of comfort above stock WTB Volt (for me), and few other small parts... all stuff I installed was lighter and more quality stuff than stock parts.

I could lighten it up further, could shed some weight by changing stock rims and spokes, also that project 2 fork is quite weighty - was thinking about Ritchey or Columbus carbon, but bike is currently equipped with quality parts all around and for being a cross steel bike I think it isn't "too fat" [cool] ... so from this point on I wont hurry with any changes...
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nstelemark
I weighed the Rove Ltd tonight and without pedals/cages/bell/computer mount - 20lbs. Complete with all the bits 21.4lbs. So the frame weight around 4.5 lbs seems realistic.

The ride of the bike is really excellent. Definitely that “feel of steel”. It is still light and responsive and climbs well. Mind you it is the weight of a top of the line steel racebike back in the day so no surprise there.

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dkoor
Cool, thanks for further insight!🙂
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Rileytillman
Amazing bike. Picking up a LTD on Monday. How has the ride been since you finished the build?
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nstelemark
So I’m really surprised how much I like this bike. I really pretty much bought it on a whim, my thinking was it would replace my Kona Major Jake, it had discs which would be better off road and I liked the colour.

I’m now riding it as my only drop bar bike, and it has replaced my carbon road bike on road rides (with some ENVEs). It is certainly heavier than my carbon bike but it is more comfortable and amazingly stiffer. I had been toying with the idea of running one road bike for a while but I had not thought this bike would be a candidate. I figured I would have to save my pennies for an OPEN upper. I’d save a couple of lbs with the upper but I really don’t see the point. The Rove Ltd is a great ride.

In “road” mode:
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owly
nstelemark wrote:
I’d save a couple of lbs with the Upper....
 

A couple of pounds eh? [cool]

https://opencycle.com/showcase/bbok-1-by-sang-jae
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nstelemark
owly wrote:
 

A couple of pounds eh? [cool]

https://opencycle.com/showcase/bbok-1-by-sang-jae


With my current build yes pretty much. I’m 20.5 with the 650b setup and a pound or so lighter with the ENVEs. The upper is 1250g and the Rove Ltd is roughly twice that so I’d be a couple of pounds lighter. So I’d be around 17 with an upper.

You are saving a pound on the wheels alone! Not that I would run tubs personally! Nice build btw.
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nstelemark
Pretty much done now with the mostly matching pump. @rileytillman thanks for the submission to @konacog maybe second time is lucky for the dream build kona highlight.
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Rileytillman
Nice! What pump is that?
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nstelemark
Rileytillman wrote:
Nice! What pump is that?


Silca Impero custom painted by Mariposa in Toronto. Colour is Pantone 3115.
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Rileytillman
Month after I brought the Rove LTD home and have been thrilled. I lean to enjoying MB more but have been 5-1 on gravel since.

Just need to order the matching pump!
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adamkurn
So the 2019 Rove LTD is on the Kona site ... not sure of the colour ... looks black or dark plum? Has anyone seen it yet?
Also ... how is the mud clearance with 29/700 wheels?
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