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Thank you for your patience! The dropped handlebars offer a good range of hand positions and are suitably rigid for swinging front panniers and bar-bags around. These are thoughtful touches. Dispensing with a quick-release front skewer and seatpost clamp in favour of hex bolts is thoughtful — no worries about a well-worn Brooks saddle going missing, or a front wheel not locked to the frame.
A third bottle-cage mount on the underside of the down tube is thoughtful — carry more water on the frame, or substitute a fuel bottle to avoid messy leaks inside panniers. Multiple fork mountings for a front rack is thoughtful — rough roads may well need more ground clearance; panniers vary in their design and effective mounted position.
Full-length brake and gear hoses, minimising muck and rust on the cable inners, are thoughtful. What would I change about this bike? Much better. Road test coming soon. There are a few things that would make the bike more inclined towards developing-world journeys. Schrader valves and valve holes over flimsy Prestas though you could drill your own.
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A inch wheel option might be an idea, though unlikely to actually happen. Square-taper bottom brackets are far easier to find, replace and maintain, accept a wide variety of cranks and need no proprietary tools to be carried. But these are small points, and overall the Kona Sutra has grown into a serious contender in the mid-range touring bike line-up. Full Sutra specifications can be found on the Kona Bikes website.
I always recommend supporting local bike stores and test-riding a bike before buying it, wherever possible. Thanks for the write-up Tom! Could you rock wide say, 2. Brillant — thanks for the tip! Hi, Tom! I want to buy a Kona Sutra and I need to know if it works well on bad roads. Thank you. Thanks Trevor. I had a Kona in the past as a MTB. I always refer back to it, as the best off road frame I have ever had.
Got my Sutra in September of last year. Racked up about km over the lovely British winter. Have to say that the review is pretty spot on. Ill probably replace mine with a 24 or 22T. Really stable and quicker than I thought. IJust bought the Sutra and love it with the 24 tooth chainring. No problem for the switch and the change even if the ratio is quite different between the small and the middle ring.
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Just want to add in a big thumbs up for at the least the front wheelset on the Sutra. Lost control coming down Cheddar Gorge in Somerset yesterday, ended up going into the rock face front wheel first at 20mph or so, front wheel is still almost perfectly true. I second the thumbs-up after taking the bike through the dirt roads of the Northern California Lost Coast — not a wobble in sight.
Thanks for the review — very helpful. Any thoughts on how this will be randonneuring? I live by the sea so there is a salt factor too and took it out for 3 hours in the winter. During the last 2 hours it absolutely rained down on me and I got home in 1—2 degree C temps and just chucked my bike in the garage so I could recover in a warm bath. Did not wipe the bike down or anything. Although the main frame of the bike is steel, it is largely protected by the good paint job.
However upon opening my garage 2 days later some rust had appeared. A couple of the steel bolts on the stem are showing a little rust, but this is to be expected given the conditions and is nothing specific to the Sutra. My primary worry when I saw the mention of rust, was the frame itself. The only bike I have owned before this, is the TrekD model, just before they switched to hydraulic brakes.
Yes, it does catch rust around the nuts and bolts, and on the chain if not lubed well or in time after a cleanup. Not that I have an issue with that; I just need to know what it takes to maintain such a bike. And ofcourse, develop the discipline for it. I treat it more as a cosmetic issue; with a steel frame, is that a real concern?
Hence the Silicon Valley comparisons. Doing randonneuring rides upto kms for the first year or two; they go upto kms , will be one specific aim of mine, with this bike. Assuming I do buy it; at this point, looks like I will, in the next month or so. Finally — re: the fitting. I wonder if my So I wonder if the frame is a tad small for me. Then again, while riding relaxed, I sometimes find myself sliding front to the tip of the saddle; so maybe the fitting is ok now. The guy at the bike shop and myself too feels 59cm frame is what I need, but I just wanted to double check — should I be looking at the 61cms?
Certainly not 56cm, I take it?
As for actual touring — say few 2—4 day rides for the first year or so, hopefully going up to a week for the next year, and much longer rides after that, all going fine — yes, the classic touring capabilities would be important. And also, as per the bike shop guy, this bike will encourage me to take my cycling to the next level which I do want to, and hope I can.
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I think the Sutra will be ideal for you. I was so close to buying the Sutra for my trip but I had trouble finding much in the way of first hand experiences to give it a better assessment — no local stock to check out. Good to hear its treating you well so far, seems a solid bike. Envious of the quiet forest roads you look to be riding at the moment, a polar opposite to the roads in Java. Both great bikes. Thanks Tom — appreciate your inputs! I definitely need that granny gear… What would you recommend? Have you heard of someone putting mt.
Trying to figure this out before I order it…. I have a tooth Middleburn inner chainring ready to put on my Sutra, just need the tools to remove the cranks. But I expect most riders do the same with their favourite saddles! Was the drop down to 24t not too big a jump. When I contacted Middleburn they only recommended a 28t for this chainset. No shifting issues at all. The 24 tooth works very well for me.