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    Kona Sutra vs. Raleigh Sojourn

    Compact frames supposedly dialed into touring rigs with disc brakes.
    Both fail with not really offering a low enough granny for steep hills.
    Kona offers the BB7, where Raleigh does the BB5.
    Price difference is probably $100+ more for the Kona.
    With the rest of the parts, does one bike offer more for the bang,
    or is it a push?

    http://www.konaworld.com/bike.cfm?content=sutra

    http://www.raleighusa.com/bikes/road...rn/?page=specs

    Was looking at the Surly LHT, and the REI Randonee, but some friends threw these
    into the consideration brew.
    Thanks for any thoughts,
    Lyndon
    Salt Lake City

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    Bump.
    I know you guys are basically using mountain bikes, but you also really know your
    parts/gear. Can someone take a look at the drivetrain/wheelset, hubs/headset,
    etc. And give me the lowdown on which of these bikes is offering the better parts?
    For instance, the Raleigh is offering the Joy-tech hubs (Taiwan) and the Kona is offering the Shimano 52? hubs. When I looked at the reviews on the Shimano, they were poor, so I guess that one is a push.
    Thanks,
    Lyndon

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    The Raleigh is a nice bike but super heavy, and if it fits, i think the parts are better enough on the Kona to warrant the price difference. I would get the Sutra, personally.

    Also, the commuting touring and ride reports section of roadbikereview.com would be a good place to get some opinions.

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    Thanks M.S.
    I posted their first, and got a bunch of nothing about comparing the REI Randonee and the
    Long Haul Trucker, as that one was a 700C bike and the other was 26". If the pluses and the minuses of a bikes qualities can't be discussed because of wheel size. I don't know what to say. I appreciate your thoughts.
    Lyndon

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