One of my passions is also cycling, especially touring and bicycle travel. So from time to time I might also write a word or two about my cycling adventures or gear or other things related to cycling.
|Ready for adventure|
|Touring by Danube river - Donauradweg|
Anyways, last time I went for a longer ride my neck hurt like hell and after few days, I hardly moved my head. You can imagine that that was a big problem,especially when riding on car roads.
Since then I was looking to replace bicycle for more comfortable one. My first tought was trekking bicycle. But somehow I did not find one that I would really fall in love with. So I continued to ride my truthful wolf. Then I came over Trek 520 which seemed nice machine. But problem was that such bike is not in stock in our country and I just could not order it “blindly”. So I put my dream about touring bicycle aside for some time. But then I stroke gold - our Kona distributor had last year (2011) Sutra in stock and for quiet nice price. So, I had to go and take a look. After checking it out and trying it out little bit, I had to “sleep it over”. But Sutra put a hook in me instantly. So few days later I called to a shop and ordered flat pedals (did I mention that I do not like SPDs?) and next day english green Kona sutra became my preciousss.
First of all please keep in mind that till recently I was die hard mountain bike rider and some of my comments might be funny to you.
So my first responses:
- very comfortable
- on asphalt way faster than my wolf (wolf had Ritchey Speedmax 2.1 tires) - I can travel same distance with less effort and faster. But Timber does accelerate faster, since it is lighter and has smaller wheels. Not to mention more agressive position. Especially since I put it on Schwalbe 1.5 marathon plus tires.
- hmmm, where is front suspension? I feel road holes I never noticed before
- I expected disc brakes to be more efficient - guess more breaking in is needed (my wolf has LX cantilever brakes)
- hmmm, should I carry bike over these steps? (sure I did)
- I am still not 100% sure about handlebar - on one hand it offers many positions which means more comfort, BUT (yeah that but again) in my favourite position brake handles are not under the tips of my fingers, as I was used on mountain bike
- shifters on the end of handlebar are different but to me it is not a problem, since I don’t shift gears that much
- weight - bike is quite heavy - approx. 15 kgs if I am not mistaken. But it does not feel as heavy bike once on a road, especially because I do not jump with it or do any other crazy stuff I am used to do with mountain bike
So far I am really happy with my choice and have serious suspicion that mountain bike will be used for shorter outings and harsher terrain. But my main touring bike will be definitely Kona Sutra.
Above was written shortly after I purchased Sutra. After first few thousand kilometers I have more comments for anyone interested:
I actually really love handlebar. It might not allow so fast responses as MTB handlebar, but it offers various handling positions which helps tremendously on longer tours.
hanling on macadam - since ,my writing and many kilometers I feel quiet sure on macadam. As long it is not too bumpy it is completely fine.
Disc brakes are really nice once you get used to it.
Regarding Sutra, I think it is really good bicycle and will probably serve me for a long time.