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Wanna get away? The Kona Sutra LTD is guaranteed to get you off the beaten path. Simply by swinging your leg over the top tube, you’ll feel like you’re doing something different. The Sutra is such a capable bike it could be your only bike, but it’s also a justifiable addition to any quiver in a packed garage. This story first appeared in issue 62 of PELOTON Magazine. Click here to get Issue 62 and other back issues at the PELOTON Shop.
Both the Sutra and the Sutra LTD start with a full chromoly, butted frame built to withstand years of abuse. The frame boasts the longest wheelbase of all Kona drop-bar bikes and heaps of tire clearance. To finish off the frameset, riders can choose from five—or all five—bottle cage mounts, ensuring proper hydration for your journey.
The stock build will roll in on ballooned-up WTB Riddler TCS 45c tires, a great choice—equal parts sticking power and volume. For gearing, the LTD comes equipped with a predominantly SRAM Rival 1 build that offers a huge range on the 11-speed cassette (10–42) matched by a single 36-tooth RaceFace front ring. One of our favorite Sutra bits is the flared-out drop bars, a touring must-have.
Our initial affection for the Sutra LTD was formed during a few days in British Columbia this summer blasting through wooded single track. We were blown away by its versatility. It provides a ride of comfort and confidence, and the extended wheelbase offers extra stability that’s important when you’re carrying a boatload—be it panniers, handlebar bags or just extra fluids. If you haven’t experienced the joy of riding a flared-out drop bar, it’s fun. Getting wide on the bars offers much more control and security at speed, along with added leverage out of the saddle.
The Sutra LTD is a bike with a fun factor that’s off the charts. It’s a great addition to your collection if you’re seeking an industrious bike that can handle the elements. The two words that best describe the Sutra LTD are "simple" and "function." If you frequently pack the bags or are tackling routes with lots of elevation, we’d recommend checking out the standard Sutra. The standard Sutra has a much wider range of gearing, which you’ll appreciate when you’re loaded up for a few days in the woods. $1,999; KonaWorld.com