Kona Sutra All Road Bike 2021 Review


One of the best sellers from the Kona brand – the Kona Sutra is many things. It’s functional. It’s stylish. It’s incredibly versatile and it comes ready for the long haul on the bike tour of your dreams. Steel frame outfitted with some great features, it’s no surprise that the Sutra continues to go from strength to strength.


The Kona Cromoly steel frame is outfitted with a Brooks saddle cork bar tape BarCon shifters fenders and rack. It also features a Shimano Deore 3×10 drivetrain to give you the maximum gear range and smooth-rolling Schwalbe Marathon Mondial 700x40c tyres on WTB STi23 rims for those long days on the pavement. It’s quite the looker right out of the box and it’s ready for your biggest adventure. What more could you want?

The Features:

Very few materials offer as much shock absorption, durability and supple-ride characteristics as steel. Kona never strayed from cycling’s original material and have worked tirelessly to adapt, refine and innovate Kona Cromoly framesets as rider demands continue to evolve.


Tubeless rims allow for tyres with more puncture resistance; the ability to run lower tyre pressure, which provides better tyre grip on the trail; lower rolling resistance; and weight savings over traditional tube and tyre systems.

12x142mm, 12×148 and 12×157 rear axle standards provide two major advantages to the Kona rider: the 12mm diameter of the rear axle provides the rear hub and frame with a stiff interface, while the 142/148/157mm outer diameter of the hub allows the wheel to be quickly and properly positioned in the frame before the rear axle is inserted. For 2017, you’ll see the 12×148 Boost standard in the mix. Boost spacing provides more tyre clearance at the chainstay yoke, while the rear wheel is stiffer and more durable relative to a 12×142 thru-axle.


The Specifications:

  • Frame Material: Kona Cromoly Butted
  • Fork: Kona Project Two Cromoly Disc Touring
  • Wheels: WTB ST i23 TCS 2.0 700c
  • Crankset: Shimano Deore
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Deore 10spd
  • Brakes: Tektro Spyre C with 160mm front/160mm rear rotor
  • Seat Post: Kona Deluxe Thumb w/Offset 27.2mm
  • Cockpit: Kona Road Bar/Kona Road Stem
  • Front Tyre: Schwalbe Marathon Mondial 700x40c
  • Rear tyre: Schwalbe Marathon Mondial 700x40c
  • Saddle: Brooks B17 Leather
  • Extra: Fenders w/ Mudflaps Pannier Rack

The Ride:

Smooth and consistent are probably the best words we’d use to describe the Kona Sutra. It’s consistently performed at a high level over the years, and it never seems to get tired. Set up to go, it’s a great addition to your riding arsenal.

The fenders keep you clean while the rear rack is already set up to take the weight of any luggage you need off the back. The steel frame of the Kona Sutra absorbs a lot of the knocks and bumps you feel from the bumpy roads of an adventure. While the gears offer the ability to unlock any terrain you like!

The bike certainly looks the part, easy on the eye with a simple black and dark green colour scheme. The black components compliment the colour scheme great, and the brown saddle tops off what is a sleek and well rounded look. We’re big fans of understated simplicity.

The Verdict:

If you’re looking for an off the shelf adventure bike that won’t break the bank, the Kona Sutra is definitely one to be considered. At just shy of £1500 this is a solid investment for a bike that’ll continue to support you as you explore for years to come.


  • 92%
    Performance - 92%
  • 95%
    Durability - 95%
  • 94%
    Aesthetic - 94%
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    Value - 92%