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Bike Packing Reviews the Libre DL “Climbs extremely well, and feels exceptionally fast on gravel and pavement.”

“Nice geometry that hits a sweet spot between comfort and performance—surprisingly nimble, climbs extremely well, and feels exceptionally fast on gravel and pavement.” – Logan Watts, Bikepacking.com

Logan Watts at Backpacking.com has been putting a whole bunch of time on our new multi-surface and super capable light touring bike, the Libre DL. In typical BikePacking.com fashion, he has gone pretty darn deep with this review and tested the bike in multiple configurations and on varying terrain ranging from smooth gravel to full-blown MTB trails.

Check out their very thorough review here.

Dream Builds: Ride Here Now, Ryan’s Light Touring Kona Rove

For today’s Kona Dream Builds post we are doing something a little different. We are going to send you somewhere else to check it out! Well, not before whetting your appetite with few inspiring photos and words. BikePacking.com recently profiled Denver based Ryan Santoski and his Kona Rove in their Riders and Rigs series and it’s an inspirational little story. Ryan runs Totem Cyclery, a service-based shop in Denver, CO. and he practices Zen and the art of bicycle maintenance on a daily basis. His shop motto Ride Here Now “is a concept I try to practice daily, the act of simplifying and cutting away the unessential to get to the heart of the thing, whatever that thing may be. The process and style of such matters; paying attention to our immediate surroundings equally so.”

We’ve posted an excerpt from Bike Packing’s story below and a few photos but you really need to head here to check out the full in-depth post that just may have you wanting to drop everything and start your own niche repair workshop!

BikePacking.com: I love your bike, it seems like a dream commuter and tourer. Why the Kona Rove?
Ryan: Its steel frame with disc brakes and big tire clearance make it a quiver killer. I use it as my daily rider, take it on longer road/adventure rides, can load it up for touring, and rip it on gravel and dirt trails. It’s comfortable enough for all-day riding but also feels nimble and responsive – sometimes I like to go fast and it seems to react to that quite well, too.

BikePacking.com: Talk us through a few of your favorite components and accessories on the build.
Ryan: The SON/Edelux Dynamo system has been my favorite upgrade, and I love the rack-mounted light. Getting the beam out in front eliminates shadow from the front wheel and I can still carry anything on the rack without interference. As far as accessories, the Sturdy Bag Designs frame bag really ties everything together – Joe is a dear friend and this was one of the first frame bags he built when starting Sturdy. Despite being courted by many other makers, I only carry two bikepacking bag brands at the shop: Sturdy and John Campbell aka Alpine Luddites out of Ouray, Colorado. I think they do some of the best work in the industry and both have personal resonance with me.

 

The Kona Sutra Ltd makes Bike Packing’s Gear of the Year

The nice folks over at BikePacking.com have posted up there 2017 Bike Packing Gear of The Year Awards and the Kona Sutra LTD made the shortlist for the Top 5 Bike Packing Bikes. This is what they had this to say.

“While the Kona Sutra LTD we are testing is, in fact, the 2018 model, it’s been available for a few months now, and it’s impressed us enough to make a top five spot. The Sutra LTD is without a doubt a drop-bar bike built for off-road adventure. In addition to its ability to clear 29×2.1” tires, and a smorgasbord of bottle and rack mounts, its almost unmatched in the mainstream bike market for its mountain-bike like character. Read the press release here and stay tuned for a detailed review.”

Bikepacking.com’s Long Term Review of the Big Honzo: “Outstandingly comfortable and capable.”

Skyler des Roches over at Bikepacking.com has been riding our Big Honzo for several months now, getting into development projects such as Porcelain Rocket’s Albert seat pack for dropper posts and taking the bike on a number of backcountry bikepacking trips.

This week he published his long term review of the Big Honzo. Skyler went in-depth on the geometry of the Big Honzo, praising its capabilities as a 27.5+ mountain bike first, noting its plus-tire-specific geometry, and concluding that these traits lend themselves well to his style of unsupported, off-road bike travel.

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“The Big Honzo and Big Honzo DL are throwbacks to the go-anywhere recreational bikes from the dawn of mountain biking. It’s a bike with no racing niche. This being 2016, you need just a mountain bike with smart, progressive geometry that will make the most of your abilities and let you ride.”

“Kona has done well at the balancing act between making a bike that people will love, and hitting a price point. Besides, the Big Honzo’s precise and intuitive handling, and its powerful riding position, make it far greater than the sum of its parts.”

Scroll down for a few more photos below, and head over to Bikepacking.com for a whole pile of great photos and words.

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Kona’s “Not Far From Home” Featured on Bikepacking.com’s 2016 Bikepacking Awards

We only released Not Far From Home earlier this week, yet it’s been making waves with its excellent cinematography and editing all wrapped into a relatable story that makes you want to explore your own back yard.

We’re honored to be featured alongside some great films in the Cinematography category of Bikepacking.com’s 2016 Bikepacking Awards. Head over to Bikepacking.com to see the list.

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