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


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.


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!


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!


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.


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


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