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Old 06-22-05, 07:53 AM   #1
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Kona Sutra owners-help

I'm looking for a commuter w/ loaded touring capability. Looking hard at the Kona Sutra.
Can someone tell me about the front forks and their rack accomodations? Anyone know where I can see a detailed picture of eyelets, braze-ons etc.
Wrote to Kona as well.
The other model I'm considering is the Jamis Aurora.
Anybody know what a Sutra weighs and how much fun it is to ride as an unloaded road bike?
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Old 06-22-05, 09:27 AM   #2
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The Sutra has eyelets for mudguards on the fork dropouts but no braze-ons for a front rack. If you enlarge the pic you'll be able to see them.
I have a Kona MTB and accomodated a front rack with modified p-clamps (P2 forks have wide legs) and used it for some time. Eventually I decided to add braze-ons.
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Just received today the July issue of C+. The Sutra is featured alongside the LHT and Ridgeback's World Panorama. The Kona scored 8/10 (LHT 9/10). Final verdict is: "Original with fluid handling -some mods needed for remote touring". Weight for a 58cm size is 27.4lb (no pedals)
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Just received today the July issue of C+. The Sutra is featured alongside the LHT and Ridgeback's World Panorama. The Kona scored 8/10 (LHT 9/10). Final verdict is: "Original with fluid handling -some mods needed for remote touring". Weight for a 58cm size is 27.4lb (no pedals)
Thanks for the tip.
Damn! 27.4 lbs seems on the heavy side. What did the LHT weigh?
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C+ is Cycling Plus magazine, a Brit magazine for road and touring bikes (http://www.cyclingplus.co.uk/).

The LHT is 26.6 lbs. Both are within the weight range of long distance tourers (heavier steel tubesets, braze-ons, triple chainsets...) If you PM your email address, I'll send you the scanned review.
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