I'm doing some consulting for a bike shop owner. Part of the deal is that I can get a bike/frame/fork for his cost. I've narrowed it down to the Surly LHT or the Kona Sutra. I want to set up the bike as an all-arounder. I'll use the bike for fitness riding about 80% of the time on both paved and fairly smooth dirt roads. The remainder will be fully loaded touring on both dirt and paved roads. Anyone with experience with the Sutra? The limited number of braze-ons is a minus for me, since I want to use both a front lowrider and a rear rack plus fenders. I'm not sure about the disk brakes. It would be nice to have the stopping power (figure close to 300# fully loaded-me, bike, gear), but they look to be a hassle for rack mounting. On the plus side, it is built fairly close to how I would build it. The LHT's seem to get good reviews here, although the color is hideous (I'll live with it). I would build it from the ground up and it would probably end up being more expensive.
Does anyone have experience with both bikes? I'd love to hear as many opinions and recommendations as possible on either choice.
Thanks for the help!