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    Disc Trucker

    Any Pic's and ride reports?

    I searched and couldn't find any. But I am thinking of getting one.

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    They haven't shipped to dealers yet...
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    From an earlier thread:

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    I know nothing about touring bikes. What's convinced you that a Disco-Trucker is the bike for you? Touring, commuting; what do you have planned? Inquiring minds want to know...

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    I didn't know they hadn't shipped yet. I guess I will wait to see.
    Any update on when they ship?

    I have ridden a LHT and liked it. I also like disc brakes better than rim brakes. I've been lusting after a Salsa Vaya but this came out and now I'm torn. I like to tour and ride with junk. I was thinking the 26 inch frame and then move stuff over from my parts bins and old mountain bike.
    Besides it's just cool. I also like the Troll/Oger. Decisions desisions.
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    To my eyes the Disc Trucker wins hands down compared to the Vaya. But that's probably because I like the crowned fork and horizontal (mostly) top tube. Vaya has a less classic, more modern look. Functionally, I don't see how there can be much difference between the two. At least for the 700c LHTs. Obviously, the Disc Trucker is also available in 26" and the Vaya is not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bolandjd View Post
    To my eyes the Disc Trucker wins hands down compared to the Vaya. But that's probably because I like the crowned fork and horizontal (mostly) top tube. Vaya has a less classic, more modern look. Functionally, I don't see how there can be much difference between the two. At least for the 700c LHTs. Obviously, the Disc Trucker is also available in 26" and the Vaya is not.
    Yeah, I tend to agree. If though my LHT has a ton of HS spacers and all I still prefer it's look to that of the Vaya. Like you say though, in 700c they're probably very similar.

    I can't describe what it is about the 26" wheel truckers that's so appealing but I'm really tempted to swap out my 700c canti LHT frame/wheels for a 26" Disc Trucker.

    Anxiously awaiting more info and pictures of customer builds. I hope it's available soon.
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    I think the tubeset for the disc Trucker is heavier than the Vaya due to load carrying abilities. It might feel less comfortable. For looks I like the 26" wheels only in the smaller sizes. Function prevails though, I've got a set in my 64 cm c/t frame.
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    So these are shipping now, how easily are they fenedered and racked? I'm really hoping that racks and fenders mount up easily without trips to the hardware store or busting out a Dremel tool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dfltroll View Post
    So these are shipping now, how easily are they fenedered and racked? I'm really hoping that racks and fenders mount up easily without trips to the hardware store or busting out a Dremel tool.
    Well, it will always depend on your specific racks and fenders, but all the mounting points on the frame are easily accessible, and the discs are out of the way. It should be about as easy as racks and fenders ever get. I'm sure you'll have some headaches, but I've never seen a rack and fender install that didn't involve at least a little cursing...

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    ^ what he said

    The LHT/DT has all the right bosses in all the right places, however, fenders and racks are almost always a "custom" fit to some extent. Fenders are particularly hard to fit exactly right. Racks aren't always level, especially in front. The job will be easier if you use Tubus racks and SKS/PB/VO fenders. VO fenders take a little more work but they look nicer then plastic or plastic/Al laminate. The metal fenders tend to rattle like hell, so you have to employ vibration-dampening leather washers and DIY rubber parts to quiet things down.

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    I'd like to see an up close photo of the brake mount and fork blades to see how they differ from the standard fork blades.

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    Cell Phone Pic's At Recycled Cycles

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    Anyone know what the boss on the side of the fork crown is for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dickyelsdon View Post
    Anyone know what the boss on the side of the fork crown is for?
    Rack mounts?

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    Anyone riding one yet?
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    Nice! Give us your thoughts! I've seen two on the local trails and they look incredibly well thought out.

    Request - can someone try to fit a 650b Pacenti Quasi Moto 2.0 on this bike?

    Thanks!

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    I built this bike to take the place of another ageing bike of mine.

    I wanted something with disc brakes that I could use on the road and gravel that was rack friendly.

    All out speed isn't my thing so I built some 36 hole Stan's Flow rims on some ISO Chris Kings wrapped in Crossroad Armadillo Elite tires.

    I'm also not a fan of drop bars so I used a Soma Clarence bar.

    So far, I've been very happy with the end product. There is still some minor tweaking, but that's to be expected. I do have size 12.5 feet that rub the front tire in certain situations, but I can live with that.
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    Nice looking ride there Solrac.

    I built up a cool ride with meaty 42mm cyclocross tires on a more MTB frame just before this came out. Now that it's out and I really like it, I think I'll have to get a F/F and switch all the parts out and have an even cooler ride.

    I'll post some pics after the New Years when I start to build it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by btl68 View Post
    Nice looking ride there Solrac.

    I built up a cool ride with meaty 42mm cyclocross tires on a more MTB frame just before this came out. Now that it's out and I really like it, I think I'll have to get a F/F and switch all the parts out and have an even cooler ride.

    I'll post some pics after the New Years when I start to build it up.

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    The bike that the LHT is replacing is an old Mtn bike also, a 1989 Trek 950.

    A few more shots.
    I also have a set of VO fenders to go on to it.
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    700c Clearance?

    Any real world reports on clearance with the 700c frame? Is it the same as the non-disc Trucker?

    I'm interested in running 40c tires with (probably) 45mm fenders -- should fit fine?

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    Clearances

    Quote Originally Posted by mattbryant2 View Post
    Any real world reports on clearance with the 700c frame? Is it the same as the non-disc Trucker?

    I'm interested in running 40c tires with (probably) 45mm fenders -- should fit fine?
    I can't imagine the clearances for the DT being any different, or less, than the LHT. I run my 700c LHT with 40mm Schwalbes and SKS P45s no problem. The tires supposedly measure 38. I haven't checked. When the fenders go I'll replace them with P50s which provide a smidge better coverage.
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    You think the P50s should fit fine? I think the Disc Trucker will be my next bike, and I had 40mm Duremes in mind (mmm... Dureme-y). Maybe 50mm fenders would be better.

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