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2012 Kona Sutra Road Touring Bike

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2012 kona sutra road touring bike   2012 Kona Sutra Road Touring Bike

One of the most well-travelled bikes on the market today is the very popular road touring bike called Sutra. For 2012, Kona Bikes is bringing back this legendary road bike, which offer the same award-winning tough performance that it has been known for.

Built from an incredibly rigid Kona Cromoly butted steel frame, the Sutra guarantees a sweet and smooth ride. Its key features include a Shimano 9-speed Tiagra/Sora drivetrain, Avid BB7 Road brakes, WTB Freedom Ryder 21 rims, 700c wheels, and 27 gears.

Riders who are fond of touring or trekking will surely love the features of the 2012 Kona Sutra Road Touring Bike. Maximum comfort and reliable quality are guaranteed by its geometry and components. This road bike features front and back pannier racks, as well.

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2011 Northwave Touring Shoes

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2011 northwave touring shoes   2011 Northwave Touring Shoes

Northwave has released touring shoes for 2011, which are also ideal for audaxing, commuting, and regular sport or leisure riding. With its road shoe style, the shoes are firm enough to make pedaling as nice as possible.

Though stylish enough in its black overall with white and gray highlights, this practical touring and audax shoe is not complete worry-free. Its three-strap Velcro closure, for example, does not allow easy adjustment as much as ratchet closures do.

Furthermore, cleat compatibility can be an issue, especially if the pedals are not Shimano SPDs. To some riders, the cleat bolt or insole can be a source of nuisance. However, the 2011 Northwave Touring Shoes are easier to walk in compared to typical road shoes. The shoes have a nicer and stiffer sole, too.

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