Behold the 2008 Kona Ute.
The short story: I really want one. Bad.
The longer, better story: One size fits most, $799 complete. 26in wheels, disc brakes and low gears make sense for hauling potentially huge loads. Sensible spec keeps the pricepoint reasonable while allowing the end user some coin to customize the bike for their given purpose. The scale says 41lbs, which ain’t bad considering the bike. A touring bike with full racks and fenders runs around 30+lbs – an extra 10 for really big load carrying ability is a fair tradeoff.
I’m left wondering… Clearance for 700c disc wheels for some touring action? Is that a kickstand I spy? When are these going to be available?