My Kona Dew-e DL 2022

Bikeknit

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Finally my Kona Dew-e DL is here. I just rode it home from my bike shop. A short ride but it is 28°F here so a bit nippy for me. My intention is to report my experiences with this bike over the next few months. Essentially the kind of information that I would have liked to have found when I was making my decision.

First, Court's review is great and gives a lot of good information. Secondly, for the first time in my life, I felt I could afford the upgraded version (The dl). The regular version of the Dew-e looks to be a perfectly good bike and would probably be a good choice. I vascillated between the two but went for the higher end components.

So, why did I choose this bike? I'm someone who has ridden bicycles at a moderate level most of my life. Some moderate touring, group rides with people willing to go slow, some modest errand riding. But I'm 68, got knee replacements a little over a year ago, my friends are switching to e-bikes and I can't keep up or find myself resisting getting on the bike because I anticipate hills or other issues. I wanted a class 1 bike that wasn't very heavy but had a decent range and a removable battery. My upper body strength is minimal and I wanted to be able to get the bike on the rack by myself if I needed to. I also want to ride it as a bicycle but with some help going up the hills and on long rides.

First thoughts. The cost of this bike went up a couple of hundred dollars from last year and it now does not come with pedals, adding a little more. I also added a rack(it does have fenders, lights, a kickstand) and will need a better lock as it has no lock for the motor, making it easier to ride off if someone cuts my chain. It is expensive. Only one color choice. This year it is root beer - okay but not my favorite. I had to wait about half a year til my shop got one.

But it is fun! It looks pretty sleek for an electric bike. I live at the top of a hill. All rides end uphill. I rode home, mostly with the motor off so I could experiment with shifting. It really does ride like a non-electric bike in this mode. But I put the motor on for my hill. Definately fun! The display is small and mostly intuitive. It took us a bit to figure out how to turn on the lights in the shop and I promptly forgot. I'll need to experiment with the settings until they are intuitive for me.

I'll check back in when it gets a little warmer.
 

Bikeknit

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Two rides. Yesterday and today are decent weather. So I got a couple of rides in. Fourteen miles yesterday and 20 miles today. Below are a few thoughts.

1. Ride. I love riding this bicycle, with or without assist. The gearing is such that I can ride up modest hills as easily as on my Surly even without assist. That said, some hills used to do me in and now I can just turn on the assist and get the needed boost. I did some riding without assist, some on eco mode and a very little on normal mode. The shifting is smooth but see #2. My first time with disc brakes, also very smooth and responsive.

#2. It is best to quit pedalling while shifting and using assist. It does grind a bit if you don't and as discussed in the forum, that's not so good on the chain. It's been pretty easy to learn to do this.

#3. Motor noise. I was a little worried, based on Court's review that there would be a constant whirring noise when the engine is engaged. Though I do hear engine noise sometimes, it is not all, or even most of the time. Based on conversations with other ebike owners,there seem to be some combinations of assist level, gear choice and pedaljjng pressure that result in engine noise. I haven't quite figured that out yet.

#4 Getting the bike on my platform rack. I had help getting the bike on so I'm not sure how difficult that will be for me. I did get it off by myself pretty easily. One of the reasons that I chose this bike is because it is lighter than many of the bikes I was looking at. Only 8 pounds lighter than my friend's Gazelle (42.4 lbs vs 51 lbs) but 8 pounds can make a difference if you are at your strength limits.

#5 Misc. Issues from the review on this site. Perhaps because I don't have anything to compare them to, I have no issue with taking the battery off; using the computer display; having the on switch, the assist level switch, and the mode button in different places. They seem fairly easy to use.

#6. Range. As I rode, mostly in eco mode but sometimes without assist
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, after 34 miles, it is showing me with a remaining range of 89 miles ( starting with a fully charged battery).
 

Bikeknit

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I've snuck a few rides in during the warm days in our snow melt cycles this month. Not a lot to add except you guys are right. E bikes are a lot of fun. And my Kona is pretty much what I was looking for - a fun bicycle that can help me out when things get tough but that I also enjoy riding even without assist.
 

Bikeknit

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I've got 150 miles on the bike and still loving it. We've had some strong headwinds and I really appreciated the boost. Springtime in my city can be blustery.

I spent some time reviewing the Shimano Steps e6100 manual and then went back to look at the specs for the bike to confirm what I was seeing: They chose to put the more compact display for the mountain bike motor e7000 on the bike with the e6100 motor. Personally, I'd probably prefer the bigger display for the e6100. I would love to have been in that meeting and know why they made that decision. It isn't a big issue, just wonder why they didn't use the bigger e6100 display with more info so you don't have to scroll through to see things like cadence and range. Maybe Kona's mountain bike roots?

I've replaced the seat with a Terry seat and bought a new back bag to carry my stuff. I plan to replace the perfectly adequate grips with some more ergonomic grips possibly with bar ends and have my bike shop raise the handlebars with a spacer at my check in next month.

The somewhat wider tires help smooth out our potholed streets. It has been a bit of an adjustment with the slightly faster speeds and the much more responsive disk brakes. This is my first bike with disk brakes instead of calipers. I've had a couple of rather abrupt stops but I'm retraining myself.

I love that this bicycle rides like a regular bicycle when I've got it set on off and actually feels like a regular bicycle with a stronger version of me when I've got it on. I've gone on several rides that I would have skipped without it, because of cold headwinds, longer or hillier routes than I felt ready for. Happy riding everyone.
 

Bikeknit

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Only one color choice. This year it is root beer - okay but not my favorite.
Though the web site originally described this color as root beer, it now says mauve - a more accurate description as there is some red in it. Perhaps there was some confusion in the paint supply chain? Anyway the color has really grown on me and I'm pleased with it.
 

Bikeknit

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Stopped by the bike shop after my ride Thursday to have them put a different handlebar stem in so I can raise the handlebars a bit. A local mechanic had outfitted my Surley to make it more comfortable for my aging body and raising the handlebars helped. They also tightened my fenders which were rattling a bit. I've ordered ergon gp3 grips. This is my first bicycle with grips instead of handlebar tape so learning what will make it more comfortable.

It is a fun bike - light and zippy! I went with my husband to look at the Trek Allant +7 for him. He needs front suspension and would like a step through. People at the Trek shop didn't know much about the e-bikes, which seemed weird. The Allant is a full 10 or 12 pounds heavier than my Dew-e. Some nice features but it also made me really happy with my choice of the Kona. Anyone who wants a little lighter class 1 bike with a longer range should really consider Kona bikes. I'm approaching 200 miles on the bicycle and really enjoying bicycling again.
 

Stefan Mikes

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It is a fun bike - light and zippy! I went with my husband to look at the Trek Allant +7 for him. He needs front suspension and would like a step through. People at the Trek shop didn't know much about the e-bikes, which seemed weird. The Allant is a full 10 or 12 pounds heavier than my Dew-e. Some nice features but it also made me really happy with my choice of the Kona. Anyone who wants a little lighter class 1 bike with a longer range should really consider Kona bikes. I'm approaching 200 miles on the bicycle and really enjoying bicycling again.
All versions of Allant+ are meant as a car replacement while your Kona is a recreational e-bike made as a "straight handlebar gravel e-bike". That explain the difference in weight and handling.
Your husband could look to the Specialized Vado 2022: still heavy compared to your Dew E but it seems to tick all the boxes.
 

anton.somora

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He needs front suspension and would like a step through.
It's is a hard mission - to find a lightweigh ebike :). I spent a lot of time with it. From big brands there is
Cannondale Canvas Neo about 44 lbs, but front suspension is no standard, it's not steptrough
Specialized Turbo Como 4.0 48 lbs
Giant Explore E+ 2 49 lbs

but you cen check smaller brands like Schindelhauer, Whyte, Devinci, Vitus, Raleigh, etc
but it will be hard :)
 

Bikeknit

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I love my bike but just got my first flat at a little over 500 miles on these tires. The rear tire, of course. My husband picked me up as we wanted to have our first experience changing the tire in the garage in case we had problems. Everything went fine til We went to put the tire back on. Had some problem getting it in place but it slid in when we turned the bike upside down. Went for a short ride today and all is fine. Nice to know I can, at least in theory, change the tire.

Just a small shard of glass. I'm pretty sure my Schwalbe Marathons on my other bike would have shrugged that off. I'll ask elsewhere but wondering about the puncture resistance of these tires : Maxxis Re-fuse Maxx Shield. Anyone have experience?
 
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