Driveby Review: Jones Space Frame

North Central Cyclery recently became the world’s first Jones dealer.



I’ve commented before on how crazy it is to have such awesomeness this close to home.  I’ll reiterate that sentiment.

Anyhow, this is a driveby review of the Jones Space Frame.  NCC built one up nice.  Shimano XT 2×10 drivetrain.  Truss fork.  Jones loop bars.  Thomson X4 stem.  Nice lock-on Salsa grips.  Surly Rabbit Hole rims front and rear, sporting a 29×2.2 Bronson in the rear, and a Surly Knard up front.

That’s NCC’s photo.

I spent all of 8 minutes riding it.  In an entirely urban environment.  Take this for what it’s worth.

NCC calls it the most interesting bike in the world.  They may be right.  The riding position is totally upright, but I can see how seatpost angle means that you can use one size frame for nearly any size rider.  Seatpost + stem = totally different bike.

Riding slowly or sitting still, it has a feeling of innate, utter calm.  The wide, flat Bronson out back (mounted on the Rabbit Hole), and the big Knard up front, coupled with the bike’s stock geometry and upright sitting position make it unbelievably stable.  You can trackstand at will.  You can ride handsfree without thought.  You can be calm and collected.

Until you come to a curb.  Or a rock.  Or a small country.

When you face an obstacle, something snaps.  I don’t know if it’s the Knard up front, or the truss fork, or what…but you have a feeling of invincibility.  Plans for world domination suddenly seem rational.  It bulls through any obstacle with impunity.  Through, over, but no desire to go around.

I can’t imagine what it’s like off road, though I’d love to find out.  But what was most striking in the driveby review was how complicated its personality was.  Not complicated like difficult to like, but complicated like subtle…like a glass of wine that has a little more flavor with each sip.  Savory.  Totally calm to rip snorting blockbuster in 0.2 seconds.  Attitude, but in a cool, collected way.  It’s the bike that you see studying in the library all of the time–the smartest kid in the classroom…and then you see it in a bar, playing pool, in a white t-shirt with a pack of smokes rolled up in the sleeve.

Ok, it’s nothing like that.  But it’s awesome.  Interesting.  Compelling.  There’s something going on here.


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