11-05-06, 08:38 AM
With the season pretty much over here in the upper midwest, I thought I'd report on my experiences with a 2005 Kona Sutra I used this year. I purchased on ebay in Feb, and after reading some not so good reports, I was not sure what to expect. I trained on it for most of my rides in the spring and did a week long loaded tour in June, and have been using it as my main ride through the fall. I have just over 1800 miles on it, and for the most part trouble free. I experienced a rd problem on the tour, looked like a small stone got stuck in the jockey wheel and locked it up, causing the chain to break. I also broke a spoke on the rear wheel on a Sunday ride. The disc brakes provide awesome stopping power, but I must continually fiddle with them to keep from rubbing. I put a longer stem on to fit me better, I probably could have gone for a 58 instead of the size 56 I purchased. I had a hard time finding a rear rack due to the disc, but the Topeak Explorer rack is made for bikes with disc brakes and works great. I am very satisfied with the Kona, and I would like to purchase another, (DR DEW) for an around town bike. I give it 4 1/2 stars out of 5.