Kuota Kharma Ultra review

Kuota Kharma Ultra integrated seatpost
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The things holding the Kuota Kharma Ultra back are that it’s a bit of a porker at not much under 20lb, and while weight isn’t the be all and end all, it’s a concern by modern bike standards. Bear in mind the Boardman, for the same money is 4lb lighter. If it was a beauty contest, we think the Kuota would win. It’s all subjective of course, but most of us agreed that if you’re looking to uphold an image, then it’ll get you a few admiring looks. The ride quality of the Kuota Kharma Ultra was excellent, showing that the appearance wasn’t all show and no go. The frame is a great design, probably the best balance of stiffness and comfort here and if the stated weight of 1,260g is accurate, it’s not the frame that’s responsible for its bulk. It simply deserves a better spec, which is available by the way, but outside of our budget for this test.

Reasons to buy
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    Stable ride

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    Stiff bottom bracket juncture

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    Best-looking bike on test

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Reasons to avoid
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    A little heavy

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We've sung the praises of the Kuota Kharma Ultra before, so how will it fare this time round against the stiff opposition put up by the Boardman Pro Carbon, the Kinesis KR510 and the Wilier Mortirolo Mirage?

Dealing first of all with the handling, the Kuota and the Kinesis were the two bikes with longer wheelbases and higher weight. The Kuota weighs 19.7lb and with a wheelbase of 98.5 it has a stable ride feel. It's great through high-speed turns with plenty of feedback letting you know how much grip you've got left. It's a dream to take through a succession of hairpins on a descent.

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