Russ over at Path Less Pedaled recently picked up his shiny new Sutra ULTD test bike and, because we sent it to local bike shop Missoula Bicycle Works, he didn’t get to do an unboxing (the good folk at Missoula had already built it for him). With his (g)roads and trails covered in a thick blanket of snow and his actual review of the bike a few months away, he figured what better bike to use as a tool to talk about the two main types of drop-bar bike packing rigs.

Gravel bikes fall on a spectrum. I take a look at a bike that is on the far end of the spectrum – the Kona Sutra ULTD.”