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Surly Long Haul Trucker 26″

Surly Long Haul Trucker 26"Surly showed up to Interbike and yet nobody got hurt. Could they be getting civilized in their old age? I think not… At least not with bikes like the updated Long Haul Trucker. The smaller sized LHT’s have always accepted 26″ wheels, but now it’s an option for larger sizes, as well. Their brand new redesigned website has this to say:

We’re continuing to offer the LHT as we always have, with 26″ wheels on the smaller sizes and 700c wheels on the larger frames.New this year, we’re also offering 26″ wheels for the larger frame sizes too. Although many people (some of us included) like the ride of 700c wheels, the fact is that in many parts of the world 26″ is a more popular size, so you’re be able to find replacement tubes, tires, and rims more easily should the need arise. Smaller wheels are also stronger than their 700c counterparts, so they’ll stand up better to rough roads and heavy loads. The Long Haul Trucker is available as a frameset or a complete bike ready to go. Add pedals, fenders, racks and bags and go somewhere with it.

They were also showing off the new complete Pacer and a new snow tire. Keep an eye on the Surly blog for more info.

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  1. TimDSeptember 28, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    I commute to work on an old Peugeot MTB that I converted to a 1×8 light touring rig with dropbars and road slicks. With a good high pressure tire and a wide enough range in your cassette, there’s not a big noticeable difference in ride quality to me compared to 700c. This is of course for utility riding, not racing, and I think that makes the difference. My point being, I would totally tour on a 26″ wheeled LHT.

  2. GerhardSeptember 29, 2009 at 6:05 am

    That’s exactly what I was waiting for. Currently I am touring on a mountain bike because of the stronger wheels, the cheaper and easier available spare parts for it. For my next bike tour in the U.S. I am planning to buy the 26′ long haul touring frame set and use my tried and true mountain bike parts on it. This way I could save some money. Touring with my mountain bike was trouble-free, but steel would make it even more comfortable. Thank’s Surly!

  3. Joe PeraltaOctober 1, 2009 at 5:06 am

    I did about 2,000 miles on mine this summer, from the Mojave to near the Canadian border, including a rough rail-trail in the Merced River gorge. Over 6,000 loaded miles, and only tires and brake shoes replaced. Even the paint’s still intact.

    The reason I bought it (besides that nice fork crown) is the option of fitting wide off-road tires. I broke it in on the Mojave Road, an old wagon trail from the Colorado River across the desert to the San Bernardino mountains. Pix and description at http://www.gazette9.com/brb/08/mr/

    Currently it’s running 1.75 Contis for mixed use. They’re not “fast”, but they save a lot of wear and tear on the bike and rider, and I can still do 60-mile days without working too hard.

  4. PhilippJanuary 6, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    There is an alternative or better the first bike ever built for real touring: Papalagi of MTB Cycletech (http://www.mtbcycletech.com/web/mtb/de/bicycles/on-road_2009/papalagi.html).

    Most Swiss touring bikers use this bike. It has an excellent geometry. I toured it from Vancouver to Ushaïa and in Europe. Only: it costs > USD 3000. Surly costs a 1/3. For familly tours and local tours I still love the Surly edition

  5. ShaunJanuary 26, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Love the fact that the lht now has the 26 inch wheel option on the larger frames. Good economic and customer led move

    can’t stand the blue though..best i source an olive lht before they stop them

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