Sutro is Smooth on Kickstarter

At night

After a year in the making, the Sutro debuted yesterday at Saturday’s Mobile Social ride in Austin, Texas during SXSW. It’s available now on Kickstarter for a limited time at a special price with swag.  

  • Illustrator Hugh D’Andrade has designed a poster and Tshirt to commemorate the launch. 

  • Limited edition sticker-postcards, signed prints

  • Spoke Cards for Mobile Social attendees

Spoke cards

First Impressions

  Besides the hotness and they built up a track bike with Alfine, I tweeted this:

 Best described as smooth. It’a a bike like butter. Rolls over everything. Balanced front and back with the Alfine hub.

It’s smoother than butter, like a melted pat of it sizzling a bit in a sauté pan. Also for a guy into the high-end Ti/carbon, the Sutro reminds me where and why steel is real and relevant. On bumpy, choppy roads like Austin, other materials bounce you around. Not this bike. 

The Sutro is smooth. 

After spending more time on it, testing the seals, in rainy weather, I’ll post on the technical details like the j-Tek shifter. 


‘till then, check the Sutro on Kickstarter.


The Jtek shifter they lent it to you with is terrific, really one of the very best shifters of all time, up there with the Simplex teardrop retrofriction, SRAM Red, and Record 10 shifters I use and love. It’s really better on the end of a drop bar though, where you can actually reach it with your hand or knee.

But the bike they’re selling actually has Shimano’s gripshifter, which is absolutely terrible, hard for S to even give away with build kits it’s so bad.

The Shimano Rapidfire shifter is really good but has the disadvantage of only shifting one at a time in each direction due to the huge cable pull needed.

@blasdelf love the J-Tek! Should’ve explained it better, the bike is a custom build in any flavor you want. The recommended build is this one, but that’s the most expensive. The nexus won’t feel as snappy as the Alfine at all. Our attempts at drop-bar Nexus bikes we’re never this good.

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