I've started putting together my touring bike based on Kona Sutra 2009 frame. I'll keep a journal here for those interested.
Wheels (building them myself):
Rims: Mavic A719, 36h
Front hub: Shimano HB-M756 XT, 36h
Rear hub: Shimano FH-M756 XT, 36h
Spokes: 2mm DT Alpine 3
Nipples: 2mm/12mm DT Swiss, brass
Cane Creek S3 Headset
Modolo Yuma Traveller Multi Position Hybrid Bars
No stem yet - temporary stem on pictures, tube not cut yet
No casette yet, probably Deore 9sp, 11-34
Shimano midrange 9sp chain
Truvativ Isoflow crank, 22/32/44t
Shimano Deore M590 FD and RD, shifters and brake levers
Avid BB7 brakes
No tires yet, haven't decided, Schwalbe or Continental touring tires
I haven't decided on racks and bags yet, it'll depend on the budget. Saddle will be most likely Brooks B17 and leather handlebar tape. I haven't decided yet if they'll be black to keep with the color scheme or brown.
It'll be several weeks before it's done. If it works out all right, I'll build a smaller one for my wife too I hope to spend few weeks touring around NY state and it'll also be my weekend bike.
Edit: I just ordered:
- Shimano Deore CS-M510 Cassette 11-34
- Brooks B17 Narrow Saddle
- Salsa Gel Cork tape, dark brown,embossed, I think it'll look nice
- Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tires 700x32
- Dimension Adjustable stem, 130mm
- Planet Bike Cascadia Hybrid/Tour Fenders 700c
Better quality pictures will follow later.