Ferry Verwijk was already the proud owner of a 2014 Rove AL when the Sutra Ltd first caught his eye. He’d been using the Rove as both a commuter and a gravel bike but realized he wanted something a little more burly. After seeing Jordan Semblers My Kona video he just knew exactly what that would be.
It is so versatile! I ride it with no rear rack, just with bike-packing bags (handlebar and saddle) and with a front rack (Ortlieb Gravelpack bags) and a saddlebag.
It handles so great that I sold my handbuilt steel Rohloff travel bike. Vacation, touring, gravel, singletrack, it does it all, and I love it!
I call my Sutra LTD Obelix, like the figure in the Astrix comics. I did mount an Obelix figeruine on the bike. Why Obelix? Well, it is big and strong! I like to think my bike is not a bling build, but a strong users build.
The group is stock, love the Sram Rival shifters and derailleur. I use a golden KMC X11 chain, light and strong, and great looking.
I wasnt a fan of the stock brakes so I mounted a set of sweet Hope RX4 calipers in purple, to give the bike some color, in combination with the 34th Race face chainring. The Shimano XT pedals are on the original RaceFace Aeffect crankset, which I like a lot (but a White Industries crankset is high on my wish list).
The cockpit is a Velo Orange Tall-Stack stem, with the great Ritchey Venturemax WCS bar with Fizik Terra Tacky bar tape and a Profile Design T2+DL aero bars. This cockpit makes a comfy ride with a lot of options in position.