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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.

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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.







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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

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Brooklyn’s El Puente High School Cycling Club Goes Bike Touring

Brooklyn, New York can be an intimidating place to ride a bike, with tons of traffic and roads filled with pedestrians, construction and potholes. For the uninitiated, it can be overwhelming. The El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice in Williamsburg Brooklyn recognized this and in 2012, founded the El Puente Cycling Club through a program grant administered by the Bike to School program of the NYC Dept. of Transportation.

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Rides started in the gym, teaching basic lessons of cycling and safety. Since those days five years ago, rides made it outside, and got longer and longer. As their rides and aspirations grew, the El Puente Cycling Club received a Neighborhood Schools Grant from the Wallentas Family Foundation to purchase touring bikes and gear. Joe Nocella at 718 Cyclery selected the best bikes and gear to start their program. The cycling club purchased six fully-outfitted Kona Sutra touring bikes for their ever-expanding adventures, and are planning to ride From Brooklyn to Washington, DC this fall to the annual Youth Bike Summit.

Congratulations El Puente Cycling Club – enjoy the new bikes!

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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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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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Here is a picture of a guy from Les Coursiers Verts, a company delivering small parcels and letters on bicycle in Saint Etienne et Lyon, riding his Sutra.

Photo: Studio QOOQ

Photo: Studio QOOQ


Les Coursiers Verts sont, comme le nom l’indique, des coursiers livrant documents, lettre et paquets mais eux, ils sont décidés de le faire au guidon de vélos. Depuis quelques mois maintenant, ils étrennent des KONA, qui sont devenus leurs meilleurs compagnons de travail et de déplacement.

Voici en action le grand « Québécois » sur son Kona Sutra qui, comme ses acolytes, vous livrent vos colis et lettres à la vitesse de la lumière. Si vous les croisez dans les rues de Saint Etienne et Lyon, faites leur un petit signe, ils apprécieront.

Photo: Studio QOOQ

Photo: Studio QOOQ