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Kona Sutra: A First Look

Here in America we have an age old tradition of giving our government a large portion of our wages in the hope that, after completing complicated and confusing forms, the government will return a portion back to us.  This tradition has kept tax accountants and government bureaucrats employed for many generations and promises to continue into the unforeseeable future.

Of course, as all true Americans are doing this time of year, my wife and I are thinking of all the ways we can dispose of this cash boon from the government as quickly as we receive it.  Paying down debt, feeding the hungry, investing in our retirement?  Don’t be silly.  We are buying her a new bike.

We are looking at the Kona Sutra.  Our local bike shop, Bryson City Bicycles, is a Kona dealer and both sells and rents a good number of Kona bikes.  That’s a big selling point for me; having a local dealer who I trust and who has experience with the brand.  The Sutra itself, like all bikes, has items in both the ‘Pro’ and ‘Con’ list.  On the ‘Pro’ side are a strong steel frame, braze-ons in all the right places, Avid disc brakes and, most of all, an affordable price.  On the ‘Con’ list the Sutra is on the heavy side, fully fitted out with racks and fenders about 33 pounds.  Also, my wife is dead-set against bar-end shifters (sissy).  Luckily, I love them so, if we do buy the Sutra, we’ll be swapping out the shifters on my Sequoia.

Here’s a link to a Sutra review (in PDF)

More to come. Jack

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  1. dexey
    January 12, 2011 at 11:19 am

    The extra weight is all to the good for exercise, Jack :0)

    • The Velo Hobo
      January 12, 2011 at 6:30 pm

      And I’m thinking some of the weight goes towards durability…thicker metal and welds and such.

  2. January 12, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Money back? You manage to get money back? How does that work…? 🙂 BTW, I enjoyed the podcast from yesterday’s post about Laura and Russ. I listened to about 40 minutes of it before getting distracted by supper.

    – Zeke

    • The Velo Hobo
      January 12, 2011 at 6:33 pm

      I’m looking forward to checking in next spring to see if they are heading out again. It was entertaining following along last year.

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