After 3 years with the Jones, I can honestly say this:
the Jones is a fantastic bike and I love it.
Yes, we have had some ups and downs, but now after 3 years I only have ONE negative thing to say about it – and for most people this same thing is a big plus: IT’S SO STIFF. For me that means I sometimes find it harsh when mountain biking rocky trails at high speed, and it also means that on the road I sometimes find it feels somewhat dead when I try to accelerate it fast. I could only pin down this dead feeling once I’d ridden the very thin tubed and flexible Ralwand rSogn – which has a fantastic springy, surging feel to it when I accelerate, and is very fast as a result. The Jones feels slower in comparison, and as if I’m pushing it along when pedalling. So that’s my ONLY negative about the Jones.
MTBing the Jones: wonderfully agile and nimble, playful and quick, and goes exactly where you point it; I run the tyres as soft as possible, for greater comfort and greater traction.
TOURing the Jones: brilliant, because the “3D” nature of the SpaceFrame means it doesn’t twist torsionally under load. I really like that aspect. And it’s unbelievably STABLE when descending with a load. It instills complete confidence – whereas every other bike I’ve toured on (including 3 Rocky Mountain Blizzards over 20 years) have made me get very focused when descending!
The Jones is a great bike. If you’re thinking of getting one, you should.
The Old Man.