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Kona Sutra

2008



Description 

A touring bike's small details really start to shine at about mile 851 of a 1537 mile journey.
If you've ever ridden on a bike tour, you know what we mean. The devil's in the details when you
spend that much time in the saddle, and your ass, back, and neck will tell you all about it.
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Frame 

Dedacciai COM 12.5 Butted Cromoly
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Drivetrain 

Crankarms FSA Gossamer MegaExo
Chainrings 30/39/50
B/B FSA MegaExo
Pedals None
Chain Shimano HG53
Freewheel Shimano Deore (11-32, 9spd)
F/D Shimano Tiagra
R/D Shimano XT Shadow
Shifters Shimano Bar-Con

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Fork 

Kona P2 700c TB Disc w/Lowrider
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Other 

Handlebar FSA RD30 0S
Stem FSA OS-190LX
Grips Velo Wrap w/Gel
Brakes Avid BB7 Road disc
Brake Levers Shimano BLR-600
Front hub Shimano M525 disc
Rear hub Shimano M525 disc
Spokes DT stainless 14g
Tires Continental Contact 700 x 32c
Rims Mavic A 317 Disc
Saddle Selle Italia XO SE
Seatpost FSA SL-280
Seat clamp Kona Clamp
Color Light Blue

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2006



Description 

If you’ve ever ridden from San Francisco to Guatemala, you know that bike touring has needs that are unique. Jake, of Jake the Snake fame and fortune, has actually ridden from San Francisco to Guatemala. We’ll just live vicariously through him and translate his experience into a well thought out touring design.
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Geometry 

Geometry : Sutra


Frame sizes C49cm C52cm C54cm C56cm C58cm C60cm
A. Head angle 71° 71° 71.5° 72° 72° 72.5°
B. Seat angle 74.5° 74° 73.5° 73° 72.5° 72°
C. Top tube 53.5cm 54cm 55cm 56cm 57cm 58.5cm
D. Chain stay 44cm 44cm 44cm 44cm 44cm 44cm
E. Head tube 11.5cm 12.5cm 13.5cm 15.5cm 17.5cm 19.5cm
F. BB height 27.1cm 27.1cm 27.4cm 27.4cm 27.7cm 27.7cm
Standover 28.5” 29.3” 29.9” 30.7” 31.5” 32.2”

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Frame 

Frame tubing Dedacciai COM 12.5 Butted Cromoly
   
Frame sizes C49cm, C52cm, C54cm,
C56cm, C58cm, C60cm

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Drivetrain 

Crankarms TruVativ Rouleur GXP
Chainrings 30/42/52
B/B TruVativ Rouleur GXP
Pedals None
Chain Shimano CN-HG53
Freewheel Shimano Deore (11-32, 9spd)
F/D Shimano 105
R/D Shimano Deore XT
Shifters Shimano 105

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Fork 

Kona Project Two TB Disc w/Lowrider
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Other 

    Handlebar Easton EA30
    Stem Easton EA30
    Grips Black Cork
    Brakes Avid BB7 Road disc
    Brake Levers Shimano 105
    Front hub Shimano Disc HB-M525
    Rear hub Shimano Dsc FH-M525
    Spokes Stainless 14g
    Tires Nokian Ultra Tour 700 x 32c
    Rims Mavic A 317 Disc
    Saddle WTB Street Smart Rocket V
    Seatpost Easton EA30
    Seat clamp Kona Clamp
    Color  Grey/Black

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Price 

$1001 - $1500
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Websites

Official Kona Website
Official Kona Website 2006 Sutra

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Leave Your Comments

aesova
April 30, 2008
Anyone tried this bike out? There are no Kona dealers within 25 miles of me, so I'll have to take a drive to try one out, but I really like this bike on paper, and the geometry appeals to me.

f8th637
April 30, 2008
I have the '06 and I love this bike. It is so comfy I feel like I could go forever on it and it has enough gears to keep me going even with a load.

matt.picio
May 8, 2008
I have the 2008 Sutra. Overall, I love it - it's responsive, nimble, and rock-solid on turns. Kona's odd frame sizing and top tube design makes the bike easier to mount, which is good thing when fully loaded, and it's obvious by the design changes since its introduction in 2005 that Kona has addressed many of the shortcomings of the earlier models. I totally love the disc brakes. They are responsive under any and all conditions, and practically bulletproof so far. I've put about 1,250 miles on mine since February 1st, including 3 or 4 fully-loaded overnights. The bike itself with racks, lights, frame pump and water bottles comes in at a hefty 36 pounds. On my loaded trips, total weight of bike, bags and gear ranged between 108 and 115 pounds. (I travel heavy) I weigh about 235, and the Sutra didn't even flinch at the combined weight. That said, the Sutra has some quirks. Thanks to the disc brakes, it is virtually impossible to mount a kickstand in the rear triangle, and thanks to the routing of the cables under the bottom bracket, it's nearly impossible to mount a kickstand down there as well. The rear rack has a low weight rating, and is effectively useless for heavy touring - if you buy one, get a Jandd Expedition rack and replace the rear rack that ships with the Sutra. The Jandd rack will also keep your panniers from bouncing against the adjustment screw for the read disc. The front rack is fabulous, and I haven't had problems with it. Another quirk is the placement of the 3rd water bottle cage - it's virtually useless once you've put fenders on the bike (another challenge). I hope Kona further improves this bike, because I think that its benefits far outweigh its drawbacks.

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