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  • 11-13-2015
    Mr Pink57
    I would be shocked if a 26x2.5 tire would fit inside the front or rear of a DT or LHT. I thought max was about 2.1. I think this would be more for a Troll or a 1x1. I hope for the 29x2.5 for my Ogre.
  • 11-13-2015
    dfltroll
    Compass 26x2.3s fit so maybe the ETs will fit if they run small. One can dream.

    I'll definately get the 29er version for my Krampus.
  • 11-14-2015
    Saddle Up
    They aren't going to fit my Trucker, that's for sure. I kind of wish they would have made this a 26+ tire like a 2.75" since it's going to need a frame like the Troll/1x1 to fit them. If they run true to size maybe 2.5" is plenty big. Might have to get a set of these and mate them with some Dually rims.

    I'm still holding out hope that 26+ gains some traction. The ET is a step in the right direction.
  • 11-20-2015
    Saddle Up
    Changed up the cockpit components on the trucker. Went from the Open bar with a 90mm 17* stem to a Salsa Bend 2 with a 100mm 20* stem. Feels a little more aggressive but still really comfortable.


    Surly LHT
    by SaddleUpBike, on Flickr


    Surly LHT
    by SaddleUpBike, on Flickr


    Surly LHT
    by SaddleUpBike, on Flickr
  • 11-20-2015
    corwin1968
    I love 80's MTB's so it stands to reason that I would also love 26" LHT's with fat tires!!!
  • 11-21-2015
    backcountryeti
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Saddle Up View Post
    Changed up the cockpit components on the trucker. Went from the Open bar with a 90mm 17* stem to a Salsa Bend 2 with a 100mm 20* stem. Feels a little more aggressive but still really comfortable.


    Surly LHT
    by SaddleUpBike, on Flickr


    Surly LHT
    by SaddleUpBike, on Flickr


    Surly LHT
    by SaddleUpBike, on Flickr

    Every time I see your LHT it makes me happy. I'm always tempted to sell a bike to build one!
  • 11-21-2015
    Saddle Up
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by corwin1968 View Post
    I love 80's MTB's so it stands to reason that I would also love 26" LHT's with fat tires!!!

    Me too! One of these days I'll get a custom Waltworks that's a cross between a LHT and a Troll. Drop bar mountain bike geometry with a level top tube and all of the necessary touring braze-ons.

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by backcountryeti View Post
    Every time I see your LHT it makes me happy. I'm always tempted to sell a bike to build one!

    Thanks. We're heading into our fourth winter together.


    Surly Long haul Trucker
    by SaddleUpBike, on Flickr
  • 11-22-2015
    bolandjd
    Awesome pics! Keep on Trucking, fellas!
  • 01-10-2016
    Indy21
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Ze_Zaskar View Post
    Mind that mine is a size 58 700c LHT, 2015 model (ed coating, etc),

    So I've been digging through this thread enjoying the pics and info for the LHT. Came across this post and wondered if the 2016 models are ED coated? Not a major deciding factor on my next purchase, just curious if it has the coating applied.

    And I do know that I can apply treatment myself but would prefer not to, ED coating would be nice.

    Not sure why all Surlys don't have this and they only specify certain models. All-city ED coats all of their frames.
  • 01-10-2016
    Matterhorn
    Can't tell you about the 2016 LHT but I did see that Surly still recommends applying frame saver even to the ED coated frames.
  • 01-11-2016
    Indy21
    Just called my lbs and asked about ordering me up a disc trucker, they don't carry Surly in the store but can order me one, told them I wanted 700c model with disc and asked if there were any models on close out in my size.

    I was told there was one in my size, on close out, 700c with disc in...smaug silver?

    Tried searching the web for a smaug silver disc trucker and can only find images of the non-disc model.

    Does this sound correct? Or maybe he just scanned the screen and overlooked the model. Before I got off of the phone I re-specified that this IS the 700c with disc? He said "yeah".

    I'll pay them a visit this afternoon to double check but thought I'd mention it here and get you're thoughts in the meantime.

    Thanks
  • 01-11-2016
    PMC
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Indy21 View Post
    I was told there was one in my size, on close out, 700c with disc in...smaug silver?

    Tried searching the web for a smaug silver disc trucker and can only find images of the non-disc model.

    Does this sound correct? Or maybe he just scanned the screen and overlooked the model. Before I got off of the phone I re-specified that this IS the 700c with disc? He said "yeah".

    They've only made the Disc Trucker in Green, then Maroon and now Blue. Smog Silver was a Canti brake only model.
  • 01-11-2016
    Indy21
    Okay, thanks!
  • 01-16-2016
    fer83
    2 Attachment(s)
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    winter trucking is where it's at :D
  • 01-16-2016
    donalson
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by fer83 View Post
    Attachment 1043212Attachment 1043213

    winter trucking is where it's at :D


    those titec H/jones bars?... how did you mount the bar bag?...
  • 01-16-2016
    fer83
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by donalson View Post
    those titec H/jones bars?... how did you mount the bar bag?...

    They are Jones Bend h-bars, the ortlieb bag fits perfectly, just as they were flat bars
  • 01-17-2016
    fer83
    1 Attachment(s)
    And it looks like this:

    Attachment 1043344
  • 01-19-2016
    CS2
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by backcountryeti View Post
    Every time I see your LHT it makes me happy. I'm always tempted to sell a bike to build one!

    +1 if I didn't have so many 80's MTBs I would. There's just something simple and pure about the LHT.
  • 02-09-2016
    Saddle Up
    My LHT feels really quick...
    ...relatively speaking. I've been riding my Troll with 2.1" Ice Spiker Pro tires since November. My commute has been 25 kms a day of 90% ice and 10% pavement. I took a week off of work and came back to the opposite, 10% ice, 90% pavement.

    The 1.75" Nevegals feel like slicks in comparison. Remember just a short while ago people *****ed about how slow Kenda Nevegal tires were? Now anything under 3" is unridable.


    Surly LHT
    by SaddleUpBike, on Flickr


    Surly LHT
    by SaddleUpBike, on Flickr
  • 02-10-2016
    Addy Marx
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    Trucker Trips
    Lot of great Truckers out there.

    I've had my 56cm trucker since May 2008. While it's been somewhat neglected this thread has motivated me to revamp it a bit. Thought I'd share a few pics from trips it's been on in years past. They ride so well, so solid and are such capable bikes, I'd never part with my 56cm.
    I owned a 54cm Trucker briefly (pictured last) and had it set up more like an 80's mtb. I've since sold it but really enjoyed the 26" rims, beefy rubber and solid feel. An excellent and truly fun commuter/get around/touring bike.

    1) Taiwan Loop Tour 2009
    2) New Zealand South Island Tour (with fishing kit) 2010
    3) Panama/Costa Rica 2012
    4) Chile; Part of southern Patagonia and Lakes 2011 on 54cm LHT (non drive side, oh ya!)

    Cheers!
    Adam.
  • 02-13-2016
    rusheleven


    To bad it doesn't actually fit.
  • 02-13-2016
    Addy Marx
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rusheleven View Post


    To bad it doesn't actually fit.

    Oh man! that is awesome!
    Not even close or is there a hope with leaner rubber?
  • 02-14-2016
    rusheleven
    Yeah. . . not even close.
    Those are 27.5x2.8s on 27id rims that I built for the 1x1.
    In that picture they have maybe 4 psi and are smashed in to the 700c frame. Won't even kinda roll.

    Thinking about doing 27.5 on a 26" disc trucker. . . but then the biggest I've seen is 2.1 and it looks like tight clearance, so maybe a 2.0 would make it a bit better.

    Surly "Disc Trucker" with 650B Tire. by Circles Japan

    And then some with a street tread that I think are pretty dope:

    *SURLY* disc trucker complete bike by BLUE LUG


    *SURLY* disc trucker complete bike by BLUE LUG
  • 02-15-2016
    Addy Marx
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rusheleven View Post
    Yeah. . . not even close.
    Those are 27.5x2.8s on 27id rims that I built for the 1x1.
    In that picture they have maybe 4 psi and are smashed in to the 700c frame. Won't even kinda roll.

    Thinking about doing 27.5 on a 26" disc trucker. . . but then the biggest I've seen is 2.1 and it looks like tight clearance, so maybe a 2.0 would make it a bit better.

    Surly "Disc Trucker" with 650B Tire. by Circles Japan

    And then some with a street tread that I think are pretty dope:

    *SURLY* disc trucker complete bike by BLUE LUG


    *SURLY* disc trucker complete bike by BLUE LUG

    It still looks bad ass. I love the idea of a + sized tourer like a Deadwood.
    The Blue Lug and Circles crew really know how to dress a Surly up. I used a bunch of their pics as inspiration in building up a Straggler.
  • 07-04-2016
    jamiedyer
    Tongue to Durness
    Here's a couple of pics of a ride I did at the end of last month. Sorting a couple of things on the Trucker to see if it would suite a couple of Audax rides coming up this month.
    It was a lovely day here in the north of Scotland so after lunch decided to head slightly west from home towards Tongue and ride across to Durness, have a snack for dinner and ride back, about 124klm all up. A great sunny day, road was reasonably quiet, thankfully as there is lots of single lane stuff, and just a slight breeze when I left. I was a bit late heading out for this one so my usual riding buddy Brian (Velobike) couldn't make it.
    Only problem was everything shut a Durness and snacks running low, this combined with a killer headwind for the last 30klms made for a slow finish up the last few climbs. Trucker performed beautifully as usual, the only problem being the nut behind the handlebar :)
    Here's some pics.

    Jamie

    DSCN2521 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr

    DSCN2527 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr

    DSCN2528 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr

    DSCN2546 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr

    DSCN2549 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr

    DSCN2553 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr

    DSCN2555 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr

    DSCN2570 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr
  • 07-04-2016
    dfltroll
    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing Jamie. How long is the audux ride? I used my LHT for a 300k brevet one year. It worked well. I wouldn't hesitate to use it again for randonneuring.
  • 07-05-2016
    Surly in OZ
    Hi mate that's a truly beautiful place to ride through. The slow finish would just give you more time to soak it all in, why rush.
  • 07-05-2016
    Saddle Up

    Surly LHT
    by SaddleUpBike, on Flickr
  • 07-05-2016
    dfltroll
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Saddle Up View Post

    Surly LHT
    by SaddleUpBike, on Flickr

    What bars you running? Cowchippers?
  • 07-05-2016
    jonathank
    I just built up two new Trucker frames - one for me and one for my wife. First, mine:

    It's a 60cm 26" model
    8 speed XT/Tiagra/Ultegra Bar ends
    Sun Rhyno Lite/XT hubs
    Nitto Noodles
    SKS fenders
    Surly front rack with Wald basket



    My favorite part of the bike is the top cap custom painted by my 4 year old daughter and 2 year old son:



    This one, I built for my wife. It's the smallest model, a 42cm. I originally built it with drop bars and brifters, but she wasn't a fan, so I swapped in the flat bars with bar ends. It was a hit, but it will still need some tweaking.

  • 07-05-2016
    dfltroll
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jonathank View Post
    I just built up two new Trucker frames - one for me and one for my wife. First, mine:

    It's a 60cm 26" model
    8 speed XT/Tiagra/Ultegra Bar ends
    Sun Rhyno Lite/XT hubs
    Nitto Noodles
    SKS fenders
    Surly front rack with Wald basket


    Love this. I ride a 60cm 700c LHT and have always regretted not getting the 26" model. I've come close a few times to picking up a frame as I have pretty much everything to put one together, except rims, laying around. One of these days. And for what it's worth, those Smog Silver LHTs look great.
  • 07-06-2016
    corwin1968
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jonathank View Post
    I just built up two new Trucker frames - one for me and one for my wife. First, mine:

    It's a 60cm 26" model
    8 speed XT/Tiagra/Ultegra Bar ends
    Sun Rhyno Lite/XT hubs
    Nitto Noodles
    SKS fenders
    Surly front rack with Wald basket



    My favorite part of the bike is the top cap custom painted by my 4 year old daughter and 2 year old son:



    This one, I built for my wife. It's the smallest model, a 42cm. I originally built it with drop bars and brifters, but she wasn't a fan, so I swapped in the flat bars with bar ends. It was a hit, but it will still need some tweaking.


    I love seeing photos of flat-bar truckers. Not a ton of those out there.

    I clicked on your wife's bike and was linked to your Flickr account and saw that you have a vintage Stumpjumper. How would you compare the rides of the LHT and the Stumpjumper? I've asked this question on several forums but never got any really good answers. A 26" LHT with flat-bars just doesn't seem that different from a late 80's to 90's MTB to me but I may be wrong.
  • 07-06-2016
    Saddle Up
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dfltroll View Post
    What bars you running? Cowchippers?

    WTB Mountain/Road bar.
  • 07-06-2016
    alanps
    Hey everyone!
    I plan on building the LHT from the frame up, and before buying a frameset I need to decide on the size. The problem is, there is no LBS for me to try it, so I need to guesstimate. I took some measures, and I believe I fit to the 52 or 54. I am 175cm high, and have a pubic bone height of 82.5cm. I plan to build it with flat bar, so a size up may be okay length-wise, but I'd still like to hear from people who own these sizes and their experience.
    Thanks!
  • 07-06-2016
    Saddle Up
    Go 54cm especially if you are going flat bar. I'm 173cm with long legs short torso and I'm border line between the 52 and 54cm.
  • 07-07-2016
    jonathank
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dfltroll View Post
    Love this. I ride a 60cm 700c LHT and have always regretted not getting the 26" model. I've come close a few times to picking up a frame as I have pretty much everything to put one together, except rims, laying around. One of these days. And for what it's worth, those Smog Silver LHTs look great.

    Thanks! I love it so far. A lot of people seem to be really against 26" wheels on road bikes, but I love it. I had a Troll before, and really liked that too. Also, if you like the Smog Silver, that color was on sale when I ordered mine...

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by corwin1968 View Post
    I love seeing photos of flat-bar truckers. Not a ton of those out there.

    I clicked on your wife's bike and was linked to your Flickr account and saw that you have a vintage Stumpjumper. How would you compare the rides of the LHT and the Stumpjumper? I've asked this question on several forums but never got any really good answers. A 26" LHT with flat-bars just doesn't seem that different from a late 80's to 90's MTB to me but I may be wrong.

    I'm afraid I don't really have a good answer for you as to how they compare. They are just set up too different to be able to make any sort of accurate comparison. The only thing I can say definitively is that the Stumpjumper is lighter. Plus, to be honest, I already have more miles on the newly built Trucker than I do on the Stumpjumper.

    If it helps, though, I can make a comparison to a different vintage MTB in my stable: my 1988 Schwinn Cimarron. Schwinn Cimarron - Pedal Room
    It has been my commuter for the last few months before I got the Trucker, and is set up sort of similar: fat 26" tires, bar end shifters (although on moustache bars), front rack/basket, and Barley saddlebag. I like the LHT way better. I think the Trucker is a little heavier (I haven't weighed either one), but it rides and handles much better. I have read a lot on here and on Bike Forums about the "dead" ride of the LHT and how some believe a vintage MTB is a nicer ride. My experience with these particular bikes does not support that. The front end of the Cimarron feels "weird." I'm not the greatest at describing the effect, but I think it might be wheel flop? Possibly caused by slack headtube angle? It just seems to not want to turn, and then it does, abruptly and doesn't really want to turn back. I rode it a lot and never got used to it. It felt heavy and slow to accelerate. Now, the LHT is no rocket, nor did I expect it to be, but I feel that I can get it up to speed more easily, and maintain that speed more easily on it. It also seems to float over rough pavement, and I encounter a lot of that on my commute. Lastly, it's a lot more comfortable for me, but there are other things besides the frames effecting that like different bars, different frame size, etc.
  • 11-22-2016
    dfltroll
    Surly's new kickstand adapter.
    This is interesting. It seems similar to the Pletscher Kickstand Sandwich that Rivendell sells. Hopefull this will work better. I found that the Pletsher thing came loose pretty easily.

    Kickstands for Some, Little American Flags for Others | Blog | Surly Bikes
  • 11-22-2016
    stremf
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dfltroll View Post
    This is interesting. It seems similar to the Pletscher Kickstand Sandwich that Rivendell sells. Hopefull this will work better. I found that the Pletsher thing came loose pretty easily.

    Kickstands for Some, Little American Flags for Others | Blog | Surly Bikes

    Nice. "In stock next week".

    Ok, will look for them next summer, then.
  • 11-25-2016
    CS2
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Mr Pink57 View Post
    I would be shocked if a 26x2.5 tire would fit inside the front or rear of a DT or LHT. I thought max was about 2.1. I think this would be more for a Troll or a 1x1. I hope for the 29x2.5 for my Ogre.

    There's just something about the Trucker's standard geometry that I love. I know the Troll or even the Instigator can fit some pretty fat tires. But the Trucker has that horizontal TT and long chain stays like a vintage MTB. If they can't fit Surly needs to revamp the bike into a + size queen.
  • 11-25-2016
    CS2
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jonathank View Post
    Thanks! I love it so far. A lot of people seem to be really against 26" wheels on road bikes, but I love it. I had a Troll before, and really liked that too. Also, if you like the Smog Silver, that color was on sale when I ordered mine...



    I'm afraid I don't really have a good answer for you as to how they compare. They are just set up too different to be able to make any sort of accurate comparison. The only thing I can say definitively is that the Stumpjumper is lighter. Plus, to be honest, I already have more miles on the newly built Trucker than I do on the Stumpjumper.

    If it helps, though, I can make a comparison to a different vintage MTB in my stable: my 1988 Schwinn Cimarron. Schwinn Cimarron - Pedal Room
    It has been my commuter for the last few months before I got the Trucker, and is set up sort of similar: fat 26" tires, bar end shifters (although on moustache bars), front rack/basket, and Barley saddlebag. I like the LHT way better. I think the Trucker is a little heavier (I haven't weighed either one), but it rides and handles much better. I have read a lot on here and on Bike Forums about the "dead" ride of the LHT and how some believe a vintage MTB is a nicer ride. My experience with these particular bikes does not support that. The front end of the Cimarron feels "weird." I'm not the greatest at describing the effect, but I think it might be wheel flop? Possibly caused by slack headtube angle? It just seems to not want to turn, and then it does, abruptly and doesn't really want to turn back. I rode it a lot and never got used to it. It felt heavy and slow to accelerate. Now, the LHT is no rocket, nor did I expect it to be, but I feel that I can get it up to speed more easily, and maintain that speed more easily on it. It also seems to float over rough pavement, and I encounter a lot of that on my commute. Lastly, it's a lot more comfortable for me, but there are other things besides the frames effecting that like different bars, different frame size, etc.

    I have an 84 and 85 Stumpjumper that I ride regularly. But no LHT to compare them to. It's one of the frames I'm seriously thinking about getting. I woud like the disc version. I don't know at this point what is better for me the 26 or 700C version. I'm 5' 9" so either would work size wise.
    Back to Stumpys, I also have a mint 2007 Stumpy reproduction frame. My older bikes are basically vintage and going to stay that way. The 07 OTH is going to get a more modern drivetrain. Spec wise the LHT has it all over the vintage bikes in practicality. You really don't have to own one to see that.
  • 11-25-2016
    MTB29erCurt
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dfltroll View Post
    This is interesting. It seems similar to the Pletscher Kickstand Sandwich that Rivendell sells. Hopefull this will work better. I found that the Pletsher thing came loose pretty easily.

    Kickstands for Some, Little American Flags for Others | Blog | Surly Bikes

    Order mine today , $15 bills. Bike shop said it won't ship until Dec.15. Now to come up with 65 bills for a Pletsher kick stand.
  • 11-30-2016
    jamiedyer
    A recent pic using the , not very often used trailer, last month. Most likely last the trailer will get used now we also have a Big Dummy.

    Jamie

    DSCN2868 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr
  • 12-10-2016
    MJH8
    Ordered mine on the 5th and its already at the shop. Haven't picked it up yet, so can't give any opinion.
  • 12-15-2016
    MTB29erCurt
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MJH8 View Post
    Ordered mine on the 5th and its already at the shop. Haven't picked it up yet, so can't give any opinion.

    I just picked mine up this evening. They gave it to me and said Merry Christmas. YEE Haw!! Now to order a black Pletcher kickstand from Tree Fort Bikes. Looks like they have the best price on those. I like how the instructions say to throw the upper plate of your kickstand as far as you can. LOL
  • 12-17-2016
    MJH8
    That's great. You must have a great LBS.
  • 01-10-2017
    jamiedyer
    A couple of pics from a couple of rides last week. Cold wet and windy, though Sunday started nice :)
    Will be interested to hear how you all get on with the stands.

    DSCN3207 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr

    DSCN3251 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr

    DSCN3267 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr

    DSCN3252 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr
  • 01-10-2017
    corwin1968
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    Quote:

    Originally Posted by CS2 View Post
    There's just something about the Trucker's standard geometry that I love. I know the Troll or even the Instigator can fit some pretty fat tires. But the Trucker has that horizontal TT and long chain stays like a vintage MTB. If they can't fit Surly needs to revamp the bike into a + size queen.

    I agree with this 100%! It's a rare combination in the 26" wheel size. I finally found a less expensive and arguably "cooler" way to get something like a 26" LHT by purchasing a 1984 Trek 830 frameset. The front-end geometry of both bikes is identical, the bottom bracket drop is within 3mm and the Trek has about an inch longer chainstays. The Trek has a shallower seat angle but I don't think that's going to make a huge difference and in fact, it probably makes the Trek's slightly longer ETT about the same as the LHT's.

    None of this is surprising because I've read that when Trek went to develop an ATB/MTB, they simply modified their touring geometry for 26" wheels. This thing is completely different from the Stumpjumpers, Alpina's, etc... from that era. In fact, it is quite similar to Rivendell's current touring bike line-up.

    The LHT has two major advantages in the modern 1 1/8" threadless steerer and the 135 mm rear spacing. The Trek has lugs, is MUSA, and is a 1st generation ATB/MTB. It's a toss-up for me as to which is preferable. I just know the ride is very smooth!

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  • 01-12-2017
    kevrider
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jamiedyer View Post
    A couple of pics from a couple of rides last week. Cold wet and windy, though Sunday started nice :)

    Jamie, what frame size is your Trucker? is it 700 or 26?
  • 01-13-2017
    dfltroll
    Anyone get the new kickstand plates mounted up with a Pletscher kickstand? How is it? Post some pictures if you can.
  • 01-13-2017
    jamiedyer
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by kevrider View Post
    Jamie, what frame size is your Trucker? is it 700 or 26?

    Hi mate
    Mine is a 46cm running 26'' wheels. It's running 2.1 Marathons.
    Love it

    Jamie
  • 01-20-2017
    MTB29erCurt
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dfltroll View Post
    Anyone get the new kickstand plates mounted up with a Pletscher kickstand? How is it? Post some pictures if you can.

    I have the new Surly kickstand plates, and the Pletscher kickstand. I went to install it this evening and almost had it installed. Guess what guys. The bolt bottoms out right before it gets tight, yes that's with the lock washer too. The bolt that comes with the Pletscher kickstand is too long by about 1/4 inch or so. I'm sure Pletscher made the bolt that long so you would use their top plate and the little plastic u shape chain stay protectors. I'm going by ACE Harware in the morning to get a bolt about 1/4-1/2 inch shorter. I'll post picture some time tomorrow or Sunday.
  • 01-21-2017
    MTB29erCurt
    Here's the pictures of the Surly kickstand plates and the Pletscher kickstand. If y'all do this you will need a bolt 1/4 inch shorter.






  • 02-21-2017
    helgi
    5 Attachment(s)
    A few pics of my Trucker:

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    In dad-mode with the Yepp Mini

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    Hauling stuff

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    Cruising in the woods
  • 03-29-2017
    jamiedyer
    A couple of photos from this weekends randonnuer type ride on the Trucker

    DSCN3522 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr

    DSCN3547 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr

    DSCN3556 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr

    DSCN3570 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr

    DSCN3581 (2) by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr

    DSCN3537 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr

    DSCN3528 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr
  • 03-29-2017
    dfltroll
    As always, great photos Jamie.
  • 04-13-2017
    BamaJohn
    Love my 700c LHT (bought the year before disc truckers came out), but need new tires. Still have the Conti's that it came with...short version of a longer story, the LHT was a reward once I'd lost about 35 pounds on the way to 100lbs down. Started at 383. Currently (6 years later) at 375 and want to get back on the bike, but I want the widest, sturdiest tires I can put on the 700c frame without any problems. Any suggestions would be welcome. Just going to ride my neighborhood streets to start losing weight again.
  • 04-15-2017
    dfltroll
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by BamaJohn View Post
    Love my 700c LHT (bought the year before disc truckers came out), but need new tires. Still have the Conti's that it came with...short version of a longer story, the LHT was a reward once I'd lost about 35 pounds on the way to 100lbs down. Started at 383. Currently (6 years later) at 375 and want to get back on the bike, but I want the widest, sturdiest tires I can put on the 700c frame without any problems. Any suggestions would be welcome. Just going to ride my neighborhood streets to start losing weight again.

    Get some Schwalbe Marathons. I run 700x38 and they're sturdy and dependable. You won't have any issues. In fact, if you're not running fenders then get some Marathons in 700x50. Rivendell sells them. You'll be st. Also, in case you're not aware already, maybe check out the book Eat Bacon, Don't Jog by Grant Petersen who owns and runs Rivendell. The folks at Rivendell are great and are actually Surly fans.
  • 04-18-2017
    rusheleven
    ^ and I'm going to put another vote in for the Marathon and up it to the Marathon Plus. Its a bit thicker. Good stuff. Get back on the bike and have fun!

    Reminder that consistency is more important than distance or how hard you go, especially in the beginning.
  • 04-18-2017
    BamaJohn
    Thanks for the recommendations. Wonder if somebody has built a comprehensive list of all the 622x__ tires that fit LHT's? I was looking at Schwalbe's site and found several 622-50 size tires that might work. Marathon Plus is not among them, but Marathon HS 420, Marathon Mondial HS 428, and Marathon Deluxe HS 420 all look interesting. There's also Marathon GT, Marathon Almostion HS 453, and Marathon Supreme HS 469, along with Big Apple, Big Apple Plus, and Big Ben. Out of all these, which one best matches the old Marathon Plus?
  • 04-18-2017
    dfltroll
    You can still get the Marathon Plus, in two versions. The Touring version has a knobby-ish tread.

    https://www.universalcycles.com/shop...s.php?id=69745

    https://www.universalcycles.com/shop...ls.php?id=7617

    You should be able to fit the 2.00 version in an LHT as they measure smaller than the stated size. You just might not be able to use fenders. I know Rivendell used to sell the 2.0 version of the basic Marathon which should be fine for you. They're sturdy tires.
  • 04-18-2017
    Addy Marx
    I've got some older Marathon Mondials in 2.0" (700x50mm) with planet bike cascadia fenders mounted. Clearance is tight, couple mm's either side but haven't had any frame buzz.
  • 05-03-2017
    DirtyRob
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MTB29erCurt View Post
    I have the new Surly kickstand plates, and the Pletscher kickstand. I went to install it this evening and almost had it installed. Guess what guys. The bolt bottoms out right before it gets tight, yes that's with the lock washer too. The bolt that comes with the Pletscher kickstand is too long by about 1/4 inch or so. I'm sure Pletscher made the bolt that long so you would use their top plate and the little plastic u shape chain stay protectors. I'm going by ACE Harware in the morning to get a bolt about 1/4-1/2 inch shorter. I'll post picture some time tomorrow or Sunday.

    Wondering if you can't do me a solid and give me dimensions on that bracket. What's the width of the short edge vs the longer edge? I like them as a plate option, but for a different bike.
  • 05-30-2017
    Agwan
    I was really unimpressed by my Stragglers, But I was always impressed by Cross-Checks, And I really like my Karate Monkey.

    I'm considering a Disc Trucker as a cargo commuter/ light duty flat bar tourer. I've always felt the Straggler rides a lot stiffer than a Cross Check, which wasn't my biggest issue, and I want something like the Straggler, but with better drop outs. (I can handle Straggler drop outs just fine. I just don't like them)

    I could always do a Trek 520 or 920 for a fraction of the cost. And I don't think the bikes handle all that different. But I still lean towards the DT (Longer top tube is better for flat bar, better tire clearance.).

    Thoughts?
  • 08-01-2017
    dfltroll
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    s24o
    Got out for a nice s24o last night. It was a late start, 4:30, and I didn't get to the campground until 8:45 feeling pretty cooked. I started at Ripplebrook Ranger station in the Mt Hood NF. It was about 30 miles to my destination--Olallie Lake.Lots of steady river grade climbing with a stiff 8 miles at the end. But worth it. It was a great night, warm with a clear sky and not too buggy. I actually camped 2 miles from the lake so in the morning just rode my bike to the lake for some water, coffee, Pop Tarts and some conversation with some PCT hikers. The lake is on the PCT. It also offers a fantastic view of Mt Jefferson. I took a different route back to my car, a little more dirt and a super sweet paved descent. Got home by 1pm and so lounged around in the yard reading and hydrating.

    My Ogre would have been better for the dirt sections but since there was so much pavement, the LHT was ultimately the best tool for the job. I love my LHT, it's so damn capable. Also, I've had some shoulder issues and I just feel better with the 48cm Nitto Noodles on the LHT as opposed to the Jones bars on the Ogre.

    I'll just finish by putting in a plug for Paul's cantis and Schwable Marathons. The Paul's are pretty blingy and the Schwalbes are pretty cheap and they both get the job done.
  • 09-02-2017
    Huckwheat
    Thanks all, there is so much great information in this thread. Unlike many of you Surly faithful, I just fell into one. Had a steel Hunter build in 2000, which got run into garage, so looking on CL I found a 60 Surly LHT. Went to pick it up this week, and learned it is a 26" (really didnt know how I felt about that, but bought frame regardless). This thread helped educate me.

    Bike is getting built now, and I am still figuring a few things out (like which Schwalbe I want). My bike is going to look exactly like Jonathank's above (Grey 60").

    I currently ride a 62" Niner BSB. Have Gravel tires (45mm), Cross (33mm), and Road (28mm), all tubeless. It has been a great 1 bike quiver, but I am very excited for the variety this LHT will deliver to give me a commuting machine.
  • 09-02-2017
    Huckwheat
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jonathank View Post
    I just built up two new Trucker frames - one for me and one for my wife. First, mine:

    It's a 60cm 26" model
    8 speed XT/Tiagra/Ultegra Bar ends
    Sun Rhyno Lite/XT hubs
    Nitto Noodles
    SKS fenders
    Surly front rack with Wald basket



    My favorite part of the bike is the top cap custom painted by my 4 year old daughter and 2 year old son:



    It has been a year, how is your LHT treating you. Running a 60, you must be about my size. Which Schwalbe is that? Any recommendations there?
  • 09-17-2017
    Saddle Up
    And another year goes by with the Trucker. I'm in for the long haul.


    Surly Long Haul Trucker
    by SaddleUpBike, on Flickr
  • 09-19-2017
    BradGad
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Saddle Up View Post
    And another year goes by with the Trucker. I'm in for the long haul.


    Surly Long Haul Trucker
    by SaddleUpBike, on Flickr

    Really like the look of this bike... makes me think "balanced and competent"
  • 09-19-2017
    Huckwheat
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    Attachment 1158557

    LHT is built. 60cm. 26" wheels.

    Still going to buy wheels and Marathons, but it looks pretty cool with wheels stolen from my wifes mtn too.
  • 09-22-2017
    BradGad
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    Got My LHT
    Finally picked up my LHT today, after way too much back and forth and dicking around with the LBS.

    26", 52 cm, Grandpa's Thermos. Jones loop H bar, Brooks B-17, Ergon PC2 pedals.

    She's nekkid right now... I have Surly racks and Brooks green/honey Norfolk front panniers and the green/honey Isle of Wight saddle bag in the shop, ready to go on, along with little sundries. Brooks Suffolk rear panniers and Gilles Berthoff stainless fenders are on back oreder, hopefully here within a month.

    I wanted silver brake levers and shifters, since everything else on the bike is silver, but forgot to be explicit about that... will have to take care of that when I upgrade brakes.

    I have lots of tweaks and upgrades planned, but I'm already very pleased with how she looks and rides.

    Attachment 1159098

    Attachment 1159391
  • 09-24-2017
    Saddle Up
    @Brad, very nice. I really like that colour. The 26" 52cm just seems to look proportionally balanced all though I may be slightly biased.
  • 10-31-2017
    2:01
    What I wish, is if Surly would add in just a bit more tire clearance for the LHT. With such long chainstays, widening it out to accept 2.4" tires wouldn't be a hard task (in both 26 and 700). I understand Troll/Ogre exist, but I love the level top tube and all that frame bag capacity of the LHT (and detest the "Gnot Boost" spacing all the new models). Just wishful thinking.
  • 11-03-2017
    VeloVert
    @Brad. What tires are you using and in what size. Thanks
  • 11-04-2017
    BradGad
    VeloVert.... Continental Tour Ride, 26x1.75
  • 11-04-2017
    VeloVert
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by BradGad View Post
    VeloVert.... Continental Tour Ride, 26x1.75

    Thank you Brad. Beautiful LHT!
  • 11-05-2017
    BradGad
    Thanks VV! The last items I need to complete phase I of the build are at the post office now... hope to have pics by next weekend.
  • 11-05-2017
    Kona_Stuff
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    I built myself a disc trucker up at the end of this summer as a bike I can use as a commuter, gravel bike, touring/bikepacking rig and just fun bike to ride around on longer rides. Didn't go with super high end parts but wanted a good mix between durability and easily sourceable replacement parts in case of a longer trip. I love that bike, it takes me to nice places!

    Here it is somewhere along a 100km ride
    Attachment 1165901
  • 11-07-2017
    Fatalpine
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    Very nice trucker picture from Surly blog.

    Attachment 1166238

    What model is this saddle bag? Wich brand do it??
  • 11-07-2017
    PMC
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Fatalpine View Post
    Very nice trucker picture from Surly blog.

    Attachment 1166238

    What model is this saddle bag? Wich brand do it??


    Looks like a Swift https://builtbyswift.com/shop/carbon-glacier-zeitgeist/

    really good stuff
  • 11-07-2017
    dfltroll
    Definitely a Swift bag. The Swift folks are cool yet I can't say enough good things about Carradice. I've had my Nelson LF for 10yrs and it's great. And cheaper than the Swift bags by a fair amount. I feel confident that the Carradice saddlebags are still the best out there although a little less exciting to the eye.
  • 11-08-2017
    Fatalpine
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by PMC View Post
    Looks like a Swift https://builtbyswift.com/shop/carbon-glacier-zeitgeist/

    really good stuff


    Thank you
  • 11-11-2017
    rmrfstar
    Which color LHT frame?
    I'm set on getting a LHT frame and equipping it with parts from an 00's 26" MTB I have. But I am torn over which color frame I should get. Looking at my LBS website, these colors are available new in my size from QBP:

    Blacktacular
    Grandpa's Thermos
    Cakipants

    I can't decide which to get. Like most things, black looks awesome when new but shows dirt and scratches easily and then doesn't look so great. So I think Blacktacular is out. I think I'd like Cakipants more since it's a more neutral color, but it might be a little too dull...

    I realize this is ultimately a personal choice, but I'm looking for the opinions of others here on how they chose.

    P.S. I am totally in love with the green LHT I've seen pictures of here on mtbr, but it does not appear to be available new any longer.