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.
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.
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.