Kona designed the Sutra to be their dedicated touring bike. It is a Chromoly Steel
frame with a long top tube and plenty of brazons. It comes standard with Mavic 36
spoke rims for wheel strength, Avid disc brakes for stopping power and bar-end shifters
for style and durability. Check here for a full listing of stock components.
We’ve made a few changes to the stock components outlined below.
Saddle: Brooks B17 for old fashioned comfort and durability.
Crankset: FSA V-Drive 44/32/22 to give me those low gears I’ll need to climb steep
grades with a serious load.
Racks: Tubus Steel Racks for long term durability. The rear rack required the instillation
of steel spacers to accommodate the disc brakes (pictured).
Tires: Schwalbe Marathon HS 700-40 tires for better off road performance and puncture
Fenders: Planet Bike “Freddy Fenders”
Pedals: Forte Campus pedals which are double sided so clipping in is not required
for casual riding.
Kona - Sutra
Price: $850 (Sale)
Weight: 28 lbs (with Racks)
Wheel Size:700 cc
Spoke Lengths: DS 282, Non-DS 284
So, we’ve figured out why they included a bottle of touch up paint along with the
Sutra. The paint has been worn down in several places. Straps used to transport
the bicycle by car and other repetitive rubbing leaves the frame bare. We haven’t
had any problems with the Long Haul Trucker and we have done this with bicycles in
the past with no issues. This paint is just unusually soft. That beautiful green
is just too good to be true.
After almost thousand miles we had our first major bike problem.We set out of Haines
Junction at a brisk pace with the Wild Spoke Posse. Forty miles in, after a relaxing
break at a creek, Devon yelled that his bike was broken. I dismounted my trusty steed
to examine the situation. His back pannier had come loose but after repositioning
it pedaling still proved impossible. Devon looked back at his cassette, pointing
out that the eyelet holding the rack to the frame had snapped off. Without this
the rack was resting on the cassette sticking it in place.
As a quick fix we zip tied the rack to the frame and kept moving for another 20 miles.
The next day we arrived in Whitehorse and contacted the local Kona dealer, who then
contacted Kona. As we waited for Kona to approve the warranty claim the mechanic
explained that the shop didn’t have a touring bike in stock and the wait time for
Kona to ship one is about 5-7 business days. We went to bed prepared to be stuck
in Whitehorse for much longer than planned.
The next morning we received a call from the bike shop with surprisingly good news.
Kona had offered to pay for clamps to hold the rack to the frame and allow us to
claim the new frame when it is convenient for us. We immediately rode to the shop
and the work was complete within 2 hours. It turned out to be the best possible outcome,
we get to keep moving and get a new frame.
It is very disappointing that the Kona frame already failed, even in a minor way.
The frame is the most expensive part of a bicycle and the only part that truly bears
the manufacturer’s name.
Update 11/8/10: Due to a particularly rough drop on the Cassiar highway the integrity
of my rear rim is a bit questionable. I have had to true it twice since then but
surprisingly have not broken a spoke. As we enter Mexico and end up on less comfortable
roads I am crossing my finger that this wheel will carry me the distance, though
it is a bit doubtful.