Kona teases the all new Libre carbon gravel bike at Sea Otter. With clearance for 29 x 2.0″ or 650b x 2.1″ tires, five sets of bottle mounts on the frame, and three-pack bosses on the fork, it looks to be ready for adventure…

Posted by Logan Watts

While a few other new bikes have gotten a little more attention at Kona’s Sea Otter Classic display booth this year, they managed to sneak in the yet to be released Kona Libre DL carbon gravel and adventure bike. You might be wondering, is the Libre simply a carbon permutation of the esteemed Sutra LTD? Kind of. According to Kona, the Libre borrows a few mannerisms from the the MTB-esque Sutra, such as a very similar stack height, reach, and bottom bracket drop. However, it also takes a couple cues from Kona’s Rove, such as a 5mm shorter chainstay. Compared to the Sutra LTD, the Libre also appears to have a slightly slacker head tube angle, and not quite as much tire clearance. With fenders, the Kona Libre can fit 700x45c or 650x50mm tires, and up to 29 x 2.0″ or 650b x 2.1″ without.

Kona Libre DL Carbon Gravel Bike

  • Kona Libre DL Carbon Gravel Bike
  • Kona Libre DL Carbon Gravel Bike
  • Kona Libre DL Carbon Gravel Bike
  • Kona Libre DL Carbon Gravel Bike
  • Kona Libre DL Carbon Gravel Bike

There aren’t too many hard facts or figures around the new Kona Libre yet, but we gathered a few specs. It has 12mm E-thru axles on both the front and rear, as well as flat mount brakes at both ends. The all new carbon fork has provisions for fenders and a variety of racks, including three-pack bosses for anything cages and an upper mount for a rando rack. The top of the line Kona Libre DL gets a SRAM Force 1×11 drivetrain, Force hydraulic brakes, Easton EA70 AX wheels, and comes equipped with 700C x 45mm WTB Riddlers.

Kona Libre DL Carbon Gravel Bike

  • Kona Libre DL Carbon Gravel Bike
  • Kona Libre DL Carbon Gravel Bike

There’s no word on pricing yet, but we do know there will be two models to choose from: the Libre DL kit, very similar to what’s shown here, and a lower cost version with a 2x drivetrain and 650B wheels/tires. The Kona Libre will be available later this summer and we’ll be sure to post details as they arise. Thanks to Caleb Smith for the photos and details.

  • A carbon bike with all the eyelets… a very welcome addition to the world of adventure bikes, especially since the DB Haanjo EXP quickly disappeared from the options list.

  • Robert Davey

    Hopefully to be offered in frame only as well. Looks nice.

  • Matthew James

    DB will have a new Haanjo EXP this year…. Will be out later this summer.

  • I think it is very similar to the Bombtrack Hook EXT Carbon. I just hope also that they offer the bike in different colors during 3 years than just one different color every year.
    Any clue about the weight? I am always concerned about weight not for riding but for bringing the bike with me when I travel/fly for work.

  • Matthew James

    https://www.rei.com/media/57e2b427-f234-4f2f-99e1-1275fa8953d2?size=1020×510 This was up on REI’s site earlier this year. Same build as last year with less aggressive tires. It’s down now but Diamondback said the bikes will be available later this summer.

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