So after much discussion here (http://www.fixed.org.au/forums/showthread.php?t=37506) and on instagram to a lot of peoples annoyance (Sorry Blakey!) I have taken delivery of a Kona Sutra LTD.
In the end I found myself going away from the Karate Monkey as I felt it was just too ‘big’ for what I was after. The majority of riding I will be doing is commuting via fire trail, choppy singletrack and bike path. Some days it will just be bike path. I do have a few other goals with this bike, riding to the coast and doing a few other longer rides but I doubt I will be doing rides like The Hunt etc.
The other bike on my hitlist was the Endpoint Hunter Gatherer. But unfortunately due to the house renovation my spendings account is a bit low at the moment. I sold a lot of things to be able to afford this bike - I would have had to sell a lot more in order to get the Endpoint. Things that I will know I will need down the track. Anyway…
The Sutra LTD kept coming up in peoples suggestions and it wasn’t really until I read about them a bit more online that I felt that this was the right sort of bike I should be looking at. I got in touch with Morgan Taylor who had owned a few of the other bikes on my list (Straggler, Wolverine, Rove) and there was one comment that really cemented it for me. “The Sutra is definitely more of a touring bike than any of the others… it is also more of a mountain bike than any of the others”
So the next step was to wait out for the 2018 Sutra, or save some money and find a 2017 - the only upgrades the Sutra 2018 has is thru axles and flat mount brakes. Not really worth an extra $600-800 in my opinion. That could be spent on racks, bags, bits for overnighters etc.
Anyway, I will take some pics and update with thoughts once I give it a good few rides.