Cycling Weekly Rides Madeira

Cycling Weekly recently took part in our gravel trip to Madeira. They just released their report on what it’s like to ride around the small but incredibly hilly island. With amazing gravel and tarmac roads and for being well known for incredible singletrack for mountain biking, plus views that are straight off of a postcard, could Madeira be the ultimate bike destination? Read on to find out!


For more information on Madeira, check out Visit Maderia!

Say Hello to the 2019 Sutra and Sutra LTD!

What happens when you put a mountain bike, road bike, and touring bike in a blender and hit go? The Sutra. The legendary drop bar bike returns for 2019. Call it the drop bar bike for mountain bikers, or the Beast up to all burdens, but the Sutra is definitely one thing: badass. 700c wheels make it fast rolling. Beefier tires make rough terrain disappear, and there’s just something really special about the feel of a steel frame in motion. The Sutra and Sutra LTD offer style, an incredible ride, and amazing handling in one gorgeous package.


The Sutra is many things. It’s gorgeous. It’s stylish. It’s incredibly versatile, and it comes ready for the long haul. Our Kona Cromoly steel frame is outfitted by a Brooks saddle, cork bar tape, BarCon end shifters, a Shimano Deore 3×9 drivetrain to give you maximum gearing, and smooth-rolling 700c WTB wheels. It’s quite the looker right out of the box, and it’s ready for your biggest adventure. What more could you want?



Sutra LTD

Once upon a time a bunch of mountain bikers dreamed up something wild: a drop bar bike that felt like a mountain bike and rode like a mountain bike. It was made of steel for that added bump absorption, had powerful SRAM Rival 1 hydraulic disc brakes and 1x drivetrain. It had a wider bar with a 16-degree flare that made for more aggressive descending. The Sutra LTD came to reality in all of its dreamy glory and is an absolute riot on-road or off. Review the Sutra

“‘The Kona Sutra LTD is a drop-bar bike “designed by mountain bikers, for mountain bikers.’ As simple as that statement may sound, the result is one of the most versatile, category-shattering rigs in the mainstream bike market.” – Logan Watts,

Recently the riders from spent a few months aboard the Sutra LTD. Riders and writers Logan Watts and Ryan Sigsbey weigh in on just what makes the Sutra so unique, from it’s tire clearance, frame thickness and overall geometry. From pavement to gravel to singletrack the bike was tested around Pisgah’s dark winding forests. The net result? Watts ended up buying a Sutra LTD, and we think that’s as good of a review as we could ever hope for.

Check out their very thorough review here.


Cycling Ireland

Irish cyclist David Flanagan has recently completed a book about cycling all around Ireland’s gorgeous countryside. The book is gorgeously illustrated with route maps, elevation profiles, and detailed descriptions of dozens and dozens of rides. The photography features a Kona Sutra in various gorgeous environments.

A word from Flanagan:

“This book documents the best cycling that Ireland has to offer. With eighty routes spread across the entire island, there is something for everyone; from gentle, traffic-free cycles, ideal for the whole family, to long challenging routes packed with relentless climbs.

The routes range in length from 8km to 207km on a variety of surfaces including tarmac roads, gravel tracks, canal towpaths and singletrack. – David Flanagan

Each route description includes:

  • A full-colour map.
  • Turn-by-turn directions.
  • A route profile.
  • A detailed description of the route.
  • Advice on variations, extensions and shortcuts.
  • A downloadable GPX navigation file.

The book also includes details of over fifty family-friendly greenways and trails, information on Ireland’s long-distance cycle routes and sixteen pages dedicated to cycling along the Wild Atlantic Way.

This comprehensive guide is packed full of detailed information and inspiring photography that is sure to appeal to everyone interested in cycling in Ireland.”


The book is available for purchase here for the price is €25 which includes shipping worldwide.


“David Flanagan is a publisher, writer and freelance journalist from Dublin. He is the author of a number of climbing books including Bouldering in Ireland, Bouldering Essentials and Rock Climbing in Ireland. In 2016 he published Exploring Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, a collaboration with Kerry-based photographer Richard Creagh. A keen cyclist with a particular interest in off‑road exploration and bikepacking, he published Cycling in Ireland in May 2018 after more than 18 months of research.”

Winterized: Part 1

Let’s face it. If you live north of the equator there’s a decent chance you’re stuck in this weather phenomenon we call, “winter.” Perhaps you’re a skier or snowboarder and have hung up your rubber shoes in favor of wooden plans. More power to you. But, for those of you who just can’t quit your bike, we feel you. We feel you because we still have sensation in our fingers from years of trial and error of keeping our bodies somewhat temperate in cold(er), nasty weather. In fact, we have so much wonderful advice for you that we’re launching a series of posts called Winterized. Winterized features tips from Kona employees, partner and pro riders on how to best survive the winter. So grab a cup of your favorite toddy, throw another log on the fire, and soak in the advice. We’ve suffered so you don’t have to.

Name: Kevin Rutherford
Kona gig: Canada Sales/Small Parts
Bike of choice: Process
How Kevin gets Winterized:

Fall/winter is my favourite time to ride! I generally ride my Process all year long, regardless of weather and I run Minions year round.

The key riding gear I find is:

  • Warm, semi-lined base layers
  • Moto/DH/long legged pants to keep my legs clean, and avoid the mud ‘tan lines’
  • RaceFace Agent jacket
  • Bag for wet gear after the ride. Anything from a garbage bag to a dry-bag to keep the slop contained and the car dry

A couple dream gear additions would be:

  • 5×5 pop-up canopy for changing underneath
  • Mini pressure washer, either battery or cigarette-lighter powered

Name: Pat White
Kona gig: Long-time Product Manager and floral verbiage connoisseur
Bike of choice: Roadhouse and Hei Hei AL
How Pat gets Winterized:

Fenders (road) Open lug treads (MTB)
Microfleece helmet liners

Name: Molly Joyce
Kona gig: Inside sales support,
Bike of choice: Honzo
How Molly gets Winterized:

  • Best Drink: Thermos with hot Skratch Green tea electrolyte mix.
  • Snack: 100% pure Maple Syrup – the electrolytes and low glycemic sugars give you a more steady boost of energy and it just tastes like the holidays. Untapped has them in shot size packets, or if you are more wary of lots of trash, then a hip flask with maple syrup in it – just make sure you refrigerate it after your ride so it doesn’t go bad.
  • Mucky Nuts fenders.
  • A vest (Troy Lee Design, Giant, Pearl Izumi etc)– keep the core warm for sure!
  • A bandana wrapped around your neck – great for keeping you warm but more importantly for protecting your face on the bitter cold descents, and blowing all those runny boogers out.
  • Hand warmers: again, a good trick for warming up your hands if your fingers are frozen.
  • Studded tires! Mob around the trails or your frozen streets with nobby, studded tires! The most fun commuting around. Schwalbe Marathon Winters and the Ice Spiker are all rad.

Name: Kevin Thornton
Kona gig: Graphics
Bike of choice: Whichever one has fenders
How Kevin gets Winterized:

Just like everyone else, I’ve tried every type of clothing, layering, combination possible and nothing stops the rain from getting me wet. But there is one thing I swear by…gore-tex socks that I wear inside my shoes. Not the boot things that go over the shoes…those are a hassle. In my experience…dry feet = warm feet = nothing else matters.

That’s it for round one of Winterized. Stay tuned to the Cog over the coming weeks for more cold weather riding tips!


Carica le borse e parti con le nuove Kona Sutra e Sutra LTD

Kona Sutra e Sutra LTD: classiche e innovative bici fìda viaggio d’acciaio

Ebbene sì, la grande Sutra. La nostra affidabile viaggiatrice e sua sorella l’affamata-di-fango ti permetteranno le avventure che stavi pianificando da anni. Sia la Sutra che la Sutra LTD hanno un telaio in cromoly affidabile e che garantisce pedalate piacevoli e componenti scelti per garantire la durevolezza. La sola cosa che resta da scegliere è dove andrai con la tua macchina-da-avventure.


Quando un Mountain biker immagina una bici da viaggio il risultato è la Sutra LTD. Gruppo SRAM Rival 1 ad ampia escursione e freni idraulici insieme a ruote e copertoni tubeless ready. Quest’anno la Sutra LTD ha perni passanti e freni flat mount per stare sulla cresta dell’onda, così come le versioni precedenti. La Sutra LTD chiede solo di essere portata lontano, con o senza bagaglio.


La Sutra è la nostra classica bici da viaggio in acciaio con tutte le accortezze di cui hai bisogno per mettere a punto il viaggio della tua vita. La sella Brooks B17 e il gruppo Shimano Deore sono affiancati da freni a disco Hayes, che ti metteranno subito a tuo agio, e dai copertoni da turismo Schwalbe Marathon Mondial. Che sia un fine settimana fuori città o un’estate sulle strade, la Sutra è il tuo biglietto per la libertà.

Carguemos y Volemos con las nuevas Kona Sutra y Sutra LTD

Kona Sutra y Sutra LTD: Bicicletas de cicloturismo Clásicas y Vanguardistas


Sutra LTD

Una Sutra LTD lo que resulta luego de que a un ciclista de montaña se le pide que describa una bici de cicloturismo. La transmisión SRAM Rival 1x de rango extendido se complementa con frenos de disco hidráulicos y ruedas y neumáticos tubeless ready. La Sutra LTD de este año recibe ejes pasantes y anclaje flat mount para sus frenos para mantenerse adelante de la ola, tal como lo hicieron sus recordados antepasados. La Sutra LTD realmente pide ser llevada lejos, con o sin carga.


La Sutra es nuestra clásica bici de cicloturismo en acero, con todas las características que necesitarás en tu viaje soñado. El sillín Brooks B17 y transmisión Shimano Deore se complementan con frenos de disco Hayes que inspiran confianza y neumáticos Schwalbe Marathon Mondial de cicloturismo. Ya sea en esa salida de fin de semana, o en ese verano en la carretera, la Sutra es tu billete a la libertad.

Keep an eye here on the Cog throughout this week for more new Kona models!

Aufladen und Abfahren mit dem neuen Kona Sutra und Sutra LTD

Kona Sutra und Sutra LTD: Klassische und vorausdenkende Stahl-Tourenbikes

Ah ja, das ehrwürdige Sutra. Unser bewährter Weltenbummler und sein geländehungriger Zwilling machen die Abenteuer möglich, die du schon seit Jahren planst. Sowohl das Sutra als auch das Sutra LTD sind mit Blick auf Langlebigkeit mit einem widerstandsfähigen und geschmeidig fahrenden CroMoly-Rahmen sowie dauerfesten Komponenten ausgestattet. Stellt sich nur noch die Frage, wohin du dein Abenteuermobil führst.

Sutra LTD

Das Sutra LTD kommt dabei heraus, wenn sich ein Mountainbiker ein Tourenbike vorstellt. Der SRAM Rival 1-fach Antrieb und hydraulische Scheibenbremsen werden durch Tubeless-ready-Laufräder und -Reifen ergänzt. Das Sutra LTD dieses Modelljahres bekommt Steckachsen und Flat-Mount-Scheibenbremsen, um weiterhin voranzufahren – wie seine hochgeschätzten Vorgänger. Das Sutra LTD bettelt nur darum, in die Ferne gefahren zu werden, mit oder ohne Gepäck.


Das Sutra ist unser klassisches Stahl-Tourenbike, mit der vollen Ausstattung, die du für deine Traumtour benötigst. Der Brooks B17 Sattel und die Shimano Deore Schaltung werden ergänzt durch zupackende Hayes Scheibenbremsen und Schwalbe Marathon Mondial Tourenreifen. Ganz gleich, ob es um das Wochenende auf dem Land oder den Sommer auf großer Fahrt geht – das Sutra ist dein Ticket in die Freiheit.


Load Up and Head Out with the New Kona Sutra and Sutra LTD

With new Kona models arriving in your local bike shop over the next couple of weeks, we’re doing a series of posts here on the Cog to introduce the new bikes. Keep an eye here all week for rad new bikes and updates to current models. First up, the Sutra and Sutra LTD…

Kona Sutra and Sutra LTD: Classic and Forward-Thinking Steel Touring Bikes

Ah yes, the venerable Sutra. Our proven world tourer and its dirt-hungry sibling are enablers of the adventures you’ve been scheming on for years. Both the Sutra and Sutra LTD feature a durable and smooth-riding cromoly frame and a component set selected with the long term in mind. The only question that remains, is where you’ll be taking your adventuremobile.

Sutra LTD

The Sutra LTD is what happens when a mountain biker imagines a touring bike. SRAM Rival wide-range 1x drivetrain and hydraulic discs are complemented by tubeless-ready wheels and tires. This year’s Sutra LTD gets thru-axles and flat mount disc brakes to stay ahead of the wave, just like its well-revered predecessors. The Sutra LTD simply begs to be ridden afar, with or without baggage.


The Sutra is our classic steel touring bike, with all the accoutrements you’ll need to set out on your dream trip. The Brooks B17 saddle and Shimano Deore drivetrain are complemented by the confidence-inspiring Hayes disc brakes and Schwalbe Marathon Mondial touring tires. Whether it’s a weekend out of town or a summer on the open road, the Sutra is your ticket to freedom.

Keep an eye here on the Cog throughout this week for more new Kona models!

Roll With Vincent as he Raises Money for Lesch-Nyhan Disease Research

Vincent is a Frenchman cycling from New York to San Francisco to raise awareness and money for the little know Lesch-Nyhan Disease. It’s a genetic disease that affects mostly boys from age 1. There is no current cure. He’s halfway through his journey across the USA on board his Kona Sutra and has just rolled into Colorado. You can follow along with him on his journey and donate here. #KonaSutra #KonaBikes #RollinWithVincent

You can also follow Vincent on Facebook here and on Instagram here.

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Bicycling Magazine Reviews the 2017 Sutra – “The Kona Sutra Will Make You Want to Quit Your Job”

“The Sutra is a dangerous bike—not because of any structural issues, but because it’ll make you want to ride out of your office on a Tuesday and keep pedaling until you’ve reached the opposite coast.” – Caitlin Giddings

In Bicycling magazine’s April Buyers Guide issue and online they have published a solid review of Kona’s venerable touring bike, the Sutra. It’s very clear that reviewer Caitlin Giddings well and truly gets this bike.

Click here to read the PDF and scroll down for a few detail photos from the review