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    26" LHT Urban Assault Build...



    surly lht 26″ Search Results The Lazy Rando Blog…

    I've been a happy 700c Surly Long Haul Trucker for many years now. I wanted to try out a fatter tire build of the 26" wheel LHT to see how it compared to my 700c touring rig.



    So far the 2.15" Big Apples have been highly grin inducing...



    Surly Long Haul Trucker - a set on Flickr



    Fatties do fit fine...
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    Vic,

    Nice. Cool to see a clean LHT. Mine is one of the first bigger 26" wheel ones. Just updated a few bits on it recently. New (to me) crank, stem and front dyno wheel.

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    new bits by ericmplatt, on Flickr[/IMG]

    You beat me on the tires, though. Only 26x2.00 Marathon Extremes. Comfy and good. Soon to be replaced by studded tires for winter.

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    Nice. Did the big rubber push you toward the limit of your standover clearance?

    I'm pondering a CrossCheck with 2.0 Big Apples or Marathons and wondering if I should go down a size...

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimhazy View Post
    Nice. Did the big rubber push you toward the limit of your standover clearance?

    I'm pondering a CrossCheck with 2.0 Big Apples or Marathons and wondering if I should go down a size...
    I have a 58cm LHT with 700c x 35mm rubber on it and this 58cm LHT with 26" x 2.15" tires. I have no stand over clearance on either bike. It's never been a problem over the many years I've owned the 700c LHT. I'm mostly riding the bike and don't spend a ton of time standing over it. I've never hurt my boys or had any issues. I don't even think about it until somebody asks me.

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    Surly's CC page says there is room for 45mm tires without fenders. So the BAs will either not fit or there won't be much clearance...I would verify that someone else has managed to get them into a CC frame before you invest in them.
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    I have no problem. My LHT is probably one size smaller than ideal. Just for that purpose. Winter riding is a challenge and wanted to be safe. Plus, discovered the hard way when really bundled up in layers it can sometimes be a challenge to swing a leg over a really high top tube.

    As to a CC with Big Apples - pretty sure the Lovely Bicycle blog did it. Might want to check them out. Mine "only" has Marathon Dureme 700x40 with fenders. Lots of room to spare.

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    Nice looking bike! What kind of rack is that? That would work on my Karate Monkey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric P. View Post
    As to a CC with Big Apples - pretty sure the Lovely Bicycle blog did it. Might want to check them out. Mine "only" has Marathon Dureme 700x40 with fenders. Lots of room to spare.
    Tires and fenders vary quite a bit. On one of my bikes the hammered fenders result in barely sufficient clearance [some folks would say insufficient]. If I used a different tire I might not have enough clearance to make it work or if I used a smooth fender I'd increase the clearance noticeably.

    YMMV - it may well work depending on what your desire for clearance between rubber and fenders is.

    On my 26" wheeled LHT Surly says 2.1" tires with fenders fit. I'm running 2.15" BAs and there is lots of room in the rear, but the tire is getting tight with the fork at the sides. I wouldn't try and jam any more rubber in there myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WMBigs View Post
    Nice looking bike! What kind of rack is that? That would work on my Karate Monkey.
    Thanks!...the rack is an Old Man Mountain [OMM] Sherpa. It's very nice...

    I've been rocking OMM racks on most of my bikes for a 10yrs on the oldest ones and they work great no issues despite a lot of abuse.
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    Is that outer chainring acting as a chain guard?

    I have been running 2.0 BAs on my 54cm LHT for pushing 5 yrs now. Love'em.

    For pretty much all the surly frames I feel obligated to use the features put onto the frame (fat tires for 26" LHT, SS/FG for CC, so on...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post
    Is that outer chainring acting as a chain guard?
    Essentially it is. I can't see the need for the higher gear range, but I had the crank available so I used it. I can shift it manually if I want to.
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    Nice Vik. Your builds always look good. I've been loving my 26" Trucker, and have had fun with the 2.0" Big Apples in recent weeks.

    Any comments on the difference in handling between the 700c and 26" models?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattbryant2 View Post
    Any comments on the difference in handling between the 700c and 26" models?
    I've been neglecting my 700c LHT in favour of the 26" rig. I'll do some back to back laps on both bikes over the same route and give you a worthwhile reply.
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    Here is my Urban Assault LHT:


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    It is a sweet bike....but I'm thinking about selling to fund my fat biking addiction. 25 lbs as shown. It's sporting Dura-Ace 10 speed town tube shifters, Dura-Ace/Ultegra drive train, Paul Neo Retro Brakes, and of course and Old Man Mountain rack. My normal road bike is a Moots....so to me this thing is S-L-O-W...but it rides like a Cadillac!

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    Safe riding,

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkaber View Post
    Here is my Urban Assault LHT:


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    It is a sweet bike....but I'm thinking about selling to fund my fat biking addiction. 25 lbs as shown. It's sporting Dura-Ace 10 speed town tube shifters, Dura-Ace/Ultegra drive train, Paul Neo Retro Brakes, and of course and Old Man Mountain rack. My normal road bike is a Moots....so to me this thing is S-L-O-W...but it rides like a Cadillac!
    Nice looking bike... A fat bike addiction can be a problem for sure...
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    Are you planning to keep the bar unwrapped? If so, why? Just curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattbryant2 View Post
    Are you planning to keep the bar unwrapped? If so, why? Just curious.
    I'm waiting to get my shifter situation sorted before I wrap the bars. I'm likely going to use a 9spd bar end shifter on this bike, but I'm waiting on parts at the moment.
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    Big sized 26" LHT look very strange. Yours look good, very clean, but still very strange.

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    I've been enjoy the LHT as my urban transport around town.



    I settled on Retroshifters to handle the shifting duties. They are working better than I had expected and are definitely keepers.



    I installed a front OMM Sherpa rack for some added grocery hauling capacity.



    Retroshift detail.



    I'm loving the wide Velo Orange fenders and full length mudflaps. Both me and my LHT stay clean no matter what the weather.



    I'm liking the 26" wheeled LHT so much I sold my green 700c LHT which was the oldest bike in my fleet and a favourite for so many years.



    Even with the sale of a LHT we've still got 5 Surly bikes in the garage!
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    This thread re-ignites my lust for a 26" LHT. Good to know you remain happy with your 26er. Think I might have to head out on my 700c LHT today.
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    Man, I've been debating about what to buy. I've always liked the LHT and everything about it. I may have to go ahead and order one today! I have most of the parts on a current bike I'm riding, ill jet need to retrofit everything and maybe a few other specific parts to complete it. Everything is on a old Trek MTB frame and I'm just not comfy on it! Ill let ya know if I order it today!
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    I hope you enjoy the new LHT

    I'm just loading mine up and heading into town to run some errands.
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    Suburban Truckin'

    26" LHT Urban Assault Build...-386870_568662849852603_937628814_n.jpg
    "You don't need a lighter bike, you need bigger muscles"

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    LHT at the shipyard.
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    why are people still going with the 26" lht with the addition of the troll to surly's lineup....?

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