The Kuota Kharma Evo 105 are in fact an Italian based bike brand. The original Kharma had a reputation as a smooth riding but powerfully responsive ride ideally suited to longer days in the saddle. New for 2013, the Evo is the latest development in Kuota’s Kharma line. The Evo’s frame features a one piece monocoque front triangle, asymmetric rear stays with differentiated lamination for maximum stability and comfort, and tubing where lamination is varied with frame size to achieve consistent ride qualitites.
Frame and Equipment :
The top tube gently arcs up before dropping to meet the aero-profiled seat tube and dedicated seatpost. Aero seatstays and deep, outswept chainstays create a seriously solid rear end.
This combined with the slightly steeper than normal 73.5-degree seat angle and 72.5-degree head angle means that, despite a head tube that’s slightly taller than Kuota’s out-and-out pro bikes, the Evo is still aimed squarely at riders who race. Deda’s RHM 02 bar is a compact drop design that offers a nicely balanced position in the drops. Combined with Kuota’s thick padded bar tape, the oversized top section makes for a comfortable selection of hand positions. Rounding off the bike is a classic San Marco Concor saddle.
Ride and Handling :
Riding the Kuota is a fun and frantic exercise. It’s just so incredibly solid under power. On smooth, well-maintained roads the Kharma is an absolute dream. Sadly, though, on our favourite test loop descents the Kharma skipped and flitted over coarse surfaces, never feeling fully connected to the road.
It’s these wonderful characteristics that highlight the flaws. On smooth, well-maintained roads the Kharma is an absolute dream. And because it hails from Italy, where the roads are generally smoother than our underfunded, scar-filled lanes, we can see just how a bike with this character could evolve. Sadly, though, on our favourite test loop descents the Kharma skipped and flitted over coarse surfaces, never feeling fully connected to the road.
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