Logan Watts over at BikePacking.com has a bit of a soft spot for the Kona Surta LTD. In fact, you may recall his glowing review from back in 2018 on the complete bike. Well a few months back, Logan got in touch and let us know he was building a dream bike for an epic trip into Colombia’s high-altitude Paramos region, and that he wanted the 2020 Sutra LTD to be the canvas for that build. It would have been rude not to help out.
Logan has a huge post over on BikePacking.com, outlining the trip, his gear list and what’s been working and what hasn’t. You should definitely head over and check that out after you’ve had a good look at his mind-blowing build right here.
I don’t know about you but I’ve always wanted something from White Industries on a build, Logan is living the dream here with a set of White Industries M30 cranks (172.5mm crank arms) with a 32t chainring, the bottom bracket is a BSA, also from White Industries.
Out back, Logan has gone for SRAM’s Rival 1 11 speed rear derailleur, mated to an eThirteen TRS 9-46t cassette.
The wheels are from Australian based company Curve Cycling and are their gravel/bike-packing specific model, Carbon Dirt Hoops. The rims feature a 25mm inner rim width and weigh 385 grams each.
They are laced using Sapim CX-Ray straight-pull spokes to a DT Swiss 350 hub. Oh yeah, those are some OneUp composite pedals that you can just spy there.
The wheels are then shod in 2.3 x 29 Teravail Ehline tires.
You’ve probably noticed just how rad the ano purple accents look on this build. Well those hits just keep coming, up in the cockpit, you’ll find a purple Wolf Tooth headset anchoring the fork and stem. The bar is from Crust Bikes and is their Shaka Bar and the stem is from Paul Components and is a 70m Boxcar. Oh, and that bar tape is CampAndGoSlow Rattlesnake tape (in the first and last photos).
Braking is taken care of by Paul Components Klampers in Anno Purple… Interestingly the brakes have been getting a tad hot dealing with the 5000ft Colombian descents.
And the build is rounded off with a well broken in Brooks C17 saddle mounted to a PNW Components Coast suspension dropper. Although for his Paramos trip, Logan has swapped out the dropper for Cane Creek’s eeSilk 20mm elastomer-based suspension seat post.