Kona Sutra Build!
I recently purchased an NOS 2007 Kona Sutra frame, the one with sliding dropouts, for use as a touring bike. It is green with metal flake and a solid black fork. Now I'm considering the build. In an ideal world it would be a Rohloff bike with disc brakes, but that is a little expensive right now.
What I have:
Frame + Fork
10x3 105 STI's, new take-offs
XT rear derailleur
What I know I want:
Chris King headset
Brakes - Avid BB7 Road
What I still need to figure out:
Wheels - I'm thinking XT hubs laced to Mavic rims, but I'm not sure yet. They need to be disc.
I'm not sure about the 10spd levers and the largest cassette I could buy is a 27 tooth for Shimano 10 speed. I could run this with a mountain crankset and get a low enough gear.
What would you put on this machine to tour across the country? My goal is to spend less then $1000 total on the parts.
Cantilever brakes, Bar end shifters.
Originally Posted by Scott B
Sell the STi shifters, buy good racks and well made bags.
But that's what I would do...
You've got a point, I already have a good rear rack and a set of Ortlieb bags. I'm planning on getting a set of front rollers and a jandd or surly rack.
Originally Posted by buck-50
I still might ditch the STI's or trade them for 9x3 stuff. Then I could rock a mountain cassette.
Has some nice stuff (friction shifters, long reach tektros, affordable leather saddles, nice control bits)...and I was impressed with their communication and shipping.
Spec'ing it out like a Long Haul Trucker couldn't hurt.
Maybe some upgrades like Nitto bars and the better headsets, but they pretty much nail it on a touring set-up.
SB, I just bought an 09' frameset (for those that need to know 60cm frame alone no fork weighs 6.07 lbs.) and I am going to use cantilevers and I found this on Ebay from the U.K.: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=310100547290. Kona told me to use a fork cable hanger which the one I have isn't going to slide on without some muscle or prying to be done. The part from ebay was a size 1.25 though it has a lip which allows it to tighten on the seat tube. Good luck on the build!