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Winter Bikepacking with the Kona Sutra LTD and Unit

Words and photos by Morgan Taylor.

This past weekend being a long weekend here in BC, myself and some friends decided it would be a good idea to head out for our first overnight of the year. With overnight temperatures near freezing it was sure to be a cold wake up call, but the weather forecast was for sunny days, and we headed out with good spirits to meander the Sunshine Coast and hang out with good people.

I’ve recently put together a Sutra LTD, which happens to be the perfect size for my sweet polka dot Porcelain Rocket frame bag. Add the matching seat pack, a front rack with Monkey Wrench Cycles basket bag, my trusty Ortlieb panniers, and a set of full fenders, and the Sutra is quite the all-weather hauler!

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My friend Pat was stoked to get out for the first fully loaded trip on his new bike, which happens to be the only European-model Unit on this side of the Atlantic. He’s outfitting the powder blue Unit for an extended trip on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route this summer, with an 11-speed drivetrain on the way and a dialed bikepacking setup coming together piece by piece.

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To see the rest of the portraits from this set, head over to The Radavist.

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Peloton Magazine Reviews the 2017 Kona Sutra LTD – “The Sutra is such a capable bike it could be your only bike.”

Peloton Magazine has just published their 2017 Adventure Issue and it features a great review of our drop bar quiver killing Sutra LTD.

Reviewer Ryan Yee seemed rather enamored with the bike, claiming that “the Sutra is such a capable bike it could be your only bike” and “the Sutra LTD is a bike with a fun factor that’s off the charts.”

A high-resolution JPEG of Ryan’s full review is available here or by clicking on the image below.

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7,500 km Aboard the Kona Sutra LTD – “An amazing all-purpose adventure bike…”

Which bike would you choose for 7,500 km of bike touring, both supported and fully loaded, through Australia and New Zealand? For Micah Markson at Riding Feels Good and TDA Global Cycling, the Sutra LTD was that ticket. And after all that time on the powder blue beauty, he’s still as stoked as he was on day one.

When I got the call to ride for three months across Australia and New Zealand, I of course jumped at the opportunity, but also immediately started pondering a new bike. I’ve written before on how to choose a touring bike, but this time I’m going to write about the bike that I actually chose – the 2016 Kona Sutra LTD.

Read the full review at Riding Feels Good.

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The Radavist review the 2016 Sutra LTD “I love it when companies have the guts to spec a bike in a way that’s pointed at radness rather than tradition”

morgan-taylor-kona-sutra-ltd-36-1335x890@2x Morgan Taylor at alternative road, touring and MTB website The Radavist has been testing the 2016 Kona Sutra Ltd for a while now. We’d be lying if we said this bike wasn’t a staff favorite here, so to see this fantastic review drop just makes us a little warm and fuzzy on the inside.  You can check out the full review and massive photo set here.morgan-taylor-kona-sutra-ltd-29-1335x890@2x