Kona Dream Builds: Is Tyson’s Custom Sutra the Sexiest Sutra Around?

When Tyson Blades submitted this Sutra 650b conversion via our Instagram channel, we have to admit we were pretty damn envious of what he’d put together. The devil is most definitely in the details of this bike, there are so many subtle touches that don’t jump out at first glance but make this bike truly a thing of dreams.

“I was always interested in the Sutra going back several years. It wasn’t until the 2017s came out with the wider fork and seat stays that I that I could really get what I wanted. I really think the Sutra can fill many roles: adventure bike, touring bike, and commuter. I use this bike every day for my commute to work.”

Check out the full photoset and build details below.

Kicking things off in the cockpit. Tyson has employed Lizard Skins’ insanely popular and comfortable DSP bar tape to wrap our own Kona bar, thats mated to a Simworks Marcia 50mm stem. The Spurcycle bell just ads a touch of class.

Classic Shimano Ultegra shifters take care of stopping and shifting duties.

The Uletgra 6800 shifters are cleverly matched to an XTR rear mech via a Wolftooth Components Tanpan (for shifter conversion) and Goatlink 11 (for cassette compatibility). The cassette is a Shimano SLX 11-42.

Another look at Wolftooth’s Goatlink 11.

There’s more Wolftooth up front in the shape of a 38T DropStop chainring attached to the ever-reliable Shimano XT M800 cranks.

WTB’s large volume Byway 650 x 47 tires keep things running fast and smooth.

The brakes are perhaps one of the few items that Tyson has left stock on the Sutra, the Hayes CX Experts being faultless and easy to repair anywhere on the globe… The rear wheel is made up with a DT Swiss 350 hub laced to a WTB Asym i29 650b rim.

The front wheel is a Formula CL-25 hub laced to a matching WTB Asym i29 650b rim.

That Paul Components QR is definitely not standard.

The Simworks Beatnik seatpost looks like it was designed specifically for the Sutra’s stock Brooks B17 saddle.

No custom build is ever really complete without a King Cage, Tyson has gone with the elegant Iris cage for the Sutra.