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    Just picked my girlfriend up a new Trucker to add to the fleet last night. The new Smoggy Pearl is pretty killer in the sunlight! Temps here are about -5 so once it warms up a bit I'll take some daylight pics.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveJfromtheSwitch View Post
    heres my newly built LHT, i like it although it's very similar to my Troll (ie flat bars etc) so i'm wondering why i built it in the first place now!


    I ask myself the same question every time I look at my Pacer, Crosscheck, and 700c Trucker... They have different bars and the CC is a single speed, but still lots of overlap. At least the Karate Monkey can be called a mountain bike!

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    This thread needed to come back to the top.

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    I agree

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    Nice morning ride
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    Traveling lighter without the Ortliebs.
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    Taking in the view before heading home.
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/saddleupbike/8807688509/" title="Down By The River by SaddleUpBike, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5446/8807688509_21ce68d97e_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Down By The River"></a>

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    Long Haul Rambler

    Love my LHT. No major tours this year but hopefully a 3 day solo big mileage trip in June.

    Here's my LHT looking south towards the Clackamas River just outside of Estacada, OR. This was on a nice 90 mile ramble last month. We had a couple of weeks of unseasonably brilliant sunshine and warm temps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dfltroll View Post
    Love my LHT. No major tours this year but I'm going to ride the hell out of it anyways because even though it's a touring bike it's just so much fun.
    Fixed it for ya .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saddle Up View Post
    Fixed it for ya .
    Perfect!
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    My LHT is a bit of a tank.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Saddle Up View Post
    My LHT is a bit of a tank.


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    Long Haul Truckers...

    I'm currently building my 26" trucker. It's a 52cm frame with disc brakes. I'm going to run it as a 1x9 with some flat bars and Ergon grips. The rear wheel is running a road cassette and a 105 derailuer shifted by a LX 9 speed shifter.

    My frame looks like there's a whole lot of wheel clearance and looks like it could run a 700c wheel. Has anyone used 700c wheels on a 26in frame?

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    your bottom bracket will be jacked up over an inch higher than it wants to be

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScaryJerry View Post
    your bottom bracket will be jacked up over an inch higher than it wants to be
    Not neccessarily. Depends on tire size

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    my 62cm disc trucker came in today... I rushed to the shop to pick it up and had him swap headsets for me.... got it home and then found that the rear dropouts had been bent in shipping :-/... back to the shop and waiting for another one to get here

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    That sucks, my buddies CC arrived with 143mm rear spacing.

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    If I got a new frame like that, I would send it back as well. But there's always the 2x4 option:


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    Quote Originally Posted by seat_boy View Post
    If I got a new frame like that, I would send it back as well. But there's always the 2x4 option:

    hey... you've got my bars ;-)...

    ya if it wasn't a brand new frame I would have just cold set it with the 2x4 option... but being new I'm not to keen on the idea... in fact thats what I told the shop owner... I'm willing to sacrifice a few days out only because I want it right from the factory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by donalson View Post
    hey... you've got my bars ;-)...

    ya if it wasn't a brand new frame I would have just cold set it with the 2x4 option... but being new I'm not to keen on the idea... in fact thats what I told the shop owner... I'm willing to sacrifice a few days out only because I want it right from the factory.
    Good call. Unless you got a discount for a blem, you deserve it perfect out of the box. You'd probably void the warrantee trying to cold-set it yourself.

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    My 26" Long Haul Trucker with a 2.3" tyre on the front and a 2.1" at the rear. Very versatile bike, I commute on it, I take it off road, did a loaded tour of Spain and Portugal on it, collect my groceries….
    It's such a great bike. Thanks Surly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by timothymc View Post
    My 26" Long Haul Trucker with a 2.3" tyre on the front and a 2.1" at the rear. Very versatile bike, I commute on it, I take it off road, did a loaded tour of Spain and Portugal on it, collect my groceries….
    It's such a great bike. Thanks Surly.
    That's nice, timothymc. I like the overall set up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timothymc View Post
    My 26" Long Haul Trucker with a 2.3" tyre on the front and a 2.1" at the rear. Very versatile bike, I commute on it, I take it off road, did a loaded tour of Spain and Portugal on it, collect my groceries….
    It's such a great bike. Thanks Surly.
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    put a long stem and a flat bar on it and it would really look like an old school MTB... awesome ride man
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    a shot of her looking over the lake
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    Nice bike! Looks like you got your frame issues sorted out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bolandjd View Post
    Nice bike! Looks like you got your frame issues sorted out.
    thanks, I like it... I thought i'd posted "I finished" pics of it in here but apparently not doh... I've done a few hundred miles on it so far... still love the titec/jones bar for the road and the dual controls are a perfect complement to them... I can shift and brake from most hand positions, the wide bontrager rims push the 32c tire out to something around 36mm wide or so, my only critique with the rims is that because they are tubless compatible the way they hook the bead makes it VERY difficult to both remove and mount a tire, it's difficult to get the bead broken and once it's broken it takes some high pressure to get the bead to pop into the seat again... was the same thing with real 29er tires but because they where larger they where a bit easier to mount/remove I suppose

    sadly she's sidelined for another few days... I noticed a bit of drag on the rear wheel so went to pull the hub apart and rebuild and found that one of the cones had some big/bad pitting and no local shops had the part in stock... new cone and bearings should be in tommarow... waiting on some $$$ to pick up some fenders and trying to decide what racks to get/use... have a tour across the Katy trail up in MO planned in May with a friend
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    Can you post a closeup of your cockpit with the Jones bars? I'd be interested to see how the setup looks
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbphilly View Post
    Can you post a closeup of your cockpit with the Jones bars? I'd be interested to see how the setup looks
    I think this is about the best I have with it on this bike
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    here the same setup is on my 1x1 before I sold it for the trucker frameset
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    also it's fun to note... I had XT dual controls mounted when I first built the trucker... but the shape of the cover was a bit more square so it wasn't as comfortable when I would put my hands covering them... so I went back to the deore... still have the xt in case the deores die (that and they aren't worth selling)... suppose it helps the black also matches the bike build more then the silver XT lol

    also I've seince wrapped the flat section and the nook of the bar up to the start of the ergon grips with some old cork road bar wrap... I'll go with new wrap here at some point but I had the stuff from when I took it off a road bike and wanted to see if it helped... while not much it is a nice bit of extra cushion
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    You guys like the jones on the lht? I got one on my pugs and love it. Been thinking of changing my drops for a while. Drops on my lht that is... Kinda pricey experiment. Got an 08 with cantis.... Any recs on some levers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 50 mission cap View Post
    You guys like the jones on the lht? I got one on my pugs and love it. Been thinking of changing my drops for a while. Drops on my lht that is... Kinda pricey experiment. Got an 08 with cantis.... Any recs on some levers?
    they feel like a great bar for a touring type bike... lots of backwards (upright seating) and forward (more aero) hand positions... I've been riding my drop bar road bike more lately... I don't see me moving to drops on the trucker any time soon (I dig the titec bars and the cost of other shifting options AND levers AND mechanical discs all add up lol)

    for levers... any non-V will work... but if you are using an old jones or the titec version you need to figure out your shifting options as they are either quirky or akward... I've gone with the shimano dual control stuff that didn't last long... they are about perfect for the titec H bars and the sort of riding i've done so far.
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    Thinking of getting some Paul thumbies for my shimano shifters.

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    donalson or anyone else - how is the ride on the disc/LHT without a load? I was thinking of getting one for my better half, but wasn't sure on the ride quality. Too harsh?

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    I like it myself... but i'm also a 300# load by myself... so not exactly a good person to be asking these things... it's a slow handling bike... easy to ride for miles with no hands...

    also make no mistake about it... it's a heavy bike
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    Quote Originally Posted by stremf View Post
    donalson or anyone else - how is the ride on the disc/LHT without a load? I was thinking of getting one for my better half, but wasn't sure on the ride quality. Too harsh?
    I'm 175lbs out of the shower and I find the unloaded LHT is not harsh, but it's not a fast or fun bike to ride unloaded. Unless your goal is to cruise real slow and enjoy the sunshine I'd pick a different bike to ride unloaded.

    I wouldn't put my 120lbs GF on one unless she was planning a lot of fully loaded touring.
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    Thanks for the responses. Primary use will be casual family rides and occasional grocery runs. I really like the more upright riding position compared to a cross check. The geometry appeals to me as well, since she does not race. I like the longer wheelbase for the stability with or without a load. And really "cruise slow and enjoy the sunshine" describes her riding, so maybe this will work out.

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    Hi! Does anybody know is there any difference between 2013 and 2014 frameset of Disc Trucker (except the color)? They are both available online at the same price. Do they have absolutely identical geometry, same cogs and mounts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kolyanich View Post
    Hi! Does anybody know is there any difference between 2013 and 2014 frameset of Disc Trucker (except the color)? They are both available online at the same price. Do they have absolutely identical geometry, same cogs and mounts?
    just google the 2013 Surly catelog and compare. I really doubt there's much difference. Its probably best to just pick the color you like best and go with it.
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    Long Haul Truckers...

    Here's my Trucker that's under a constant state of construction and improvement. 1x9 drivetrain, BB7 brakes with Shimano rotors (key to Avid squeal elimination!) I just threw on the Bontrager 2.0 tires (took off the 1.25 and I'm glad I did, they were hell to get off!)....I like the ride of the bigger tires and have some Conti's picked out but wanted to experiment first. A Brooks will be added, Ortliebs hung on the rack and Ergons added in the future. I really have been enjoying this bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4SEVEN3 View Post
    Here's my Trucker that's under a constant state of construction and improvement. 1x9 drivetrain, BB7 brakes with Shimano rotors (key to Avid squeal elimination!) I just threw on the Bontrager 2.0 tires (took off the 1.25 and I'm glad I did, they were hell to get off!)....I like the ride of the bigger tires and have some Conti's picked out but wanted to experiment first. A Brooks will be added, Ortliebs hung on the rack and Ergons added in the future. I really have been enjoying this bike!
    smart looking bike... what size frame?
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    smart looking bike... what size frame?
    Thanks! It's a 52cm with a uncut steerer tube. I may do a second stem to mount light(s) on to get rid of some spacers.
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    I'm starting to see a trend of Long Haul Truckers with MTB bars I'm looking to add dual controls for more drivetrain adjustability on the go. But I still like the simple look and function of downtube shifters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zuk88 View Post
    I'm starting to see a trend of Long Haul Truckers with MTB bars I'm looking to add dual controls for more drivetrain adjustability on the go. But I still like the simple look and function of downtube shifters.
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    and I still blame you for mine ... a trucker was WAY out in the back of my mind before I saw yours...

    the H bars and dual controls are a perfect match for road/gravel grinding type riding, controls at your fingertips at all but the most forward position... then again you're on a micro sized frame so it's not like reaching for DT shifters is a 3 foot reach like it is on my 62cm ;-)
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    I agree Truckers look good with MTB bars. I'm looking to build up a Disc Trucker for the wife with something like Albatross bars.

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    The 'Green' LHT.
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    Ready for snow and winter.
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    That double stem officially trumps the double rainbows. Nice.

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    I commented on your Flickr, but I'll give love here too Saddle Up.

    I'm usually unimpressed by most LHT (no offense guys, just personal preference!), but yours is a goddamn beast. It looks disguised as a vintage MTB in ultimate commuter mode, which is rad.

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    Damn Saddle Up!

    Dude, I love my LHT (see below) but continue to covet yours. I'd love to build up a 26" 60cm Disc Trucker with an Open Bar for commuting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saddle Up View Post
    Ready for snow and winter.
    650b config? What fenders are you running? I agree with others, that LHT is precious, keeps me on the fence about my decision on the Troll I have yet to order because of the whole 2013 - 2014 change over. Blast!
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