Full disclosure: Kona have supplied Ben and I with their flagship Sutra 2012 touring bicycles in return for feedback (good or bad), photographs, publicity here on my blog, and a video review. This and future pieces about the Sutra will be published in absolute honesty; if it’s a pile of crap, I’ll tell you.

I wouldn’t agree to test anything that didn’t fit my criteria on paper first. The Sutra did indeed fit my criteria on paper for this, primarily a road tour of a developed-world nation. It’s been a pleasant surprise to ride and has exceeded my expectations. Read more