Touring - Coming out and need your help
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10-21-09, 06:41 AM
Hi everyone who reads the touring section:-) I am excited to find this forum and I'd like to get to know you!
I am an experienced tourer, although it has been a while:-( I just ordered a Surly Long Haul Trucker and have received it! Now, I need to pick parts. I want to just make one order through my bike shop with eveything that I want. I want to run a straight bar and mtn bike shifters. I am pretty sure I want to go with sram shifters and rear derailer. If this was your bike and wanted mid-range componentry, wwyd?
The frame uses 26 inch wheels. What rims?
Thanks so much!!!
10-21-09, 07:05 AM
I have a 54cm LHT w/ straight bars using Paul thumbies and Dura Ace shifters. A complete XT drive train (11-34 cassette). Everything works perfectly together. I'm sure the Sram XX would be great stuff if you don't find yourself in some remote area with a breakdown. That would be my only concern is finding parts.
Also I use Mavic EX721 rims though the 719 seem to be more popular. I have Schwalbe Marathon Plus 1.75" tires and some will say they are heavy, I have not found them to be bad at all and extremely puncture resistant.
Good luck on your build, I really enjoyed building my bike and I'm sure you will too.
10-21-09, 07:57 AM
xt shimano is great ,sunrhyno 36 hole ,marathon supreams (my next buy) dura ace chain or even sram chain 9 speed .best of luck with new bike.
If you will always run a flat bar, go with sram if you want. It is unlikely to break, and will probably be easily available. On the off-chance that a deraileur or shifter breaks, and you can only find shimano, then replace both, and you will be fine. If you might want to switch to road bars and bar-end shifters later, then a shimano set-up would be easier.
While I love SRAM stuff -one question you might want to ask yourself is whether or not you're going to go with SRAM 1:1 ratios at the shifter -if you do, it means you'll need an SRAM rear derailleur -and they certainly aren't as common as Shimano ones. FWIW, I run an mtb with Gripshift 9.0ESP with 1:1 (love it) and use the Shimano compatible gripshift on my backup tourer. I figure less precise shifting is ok compared to off road use. My advice would be to go with the Shimano compatible gripshift unless you're going off roading with it.
Wheels... I really love my Sun CR18s and Rhynolites (good but heavy), but use discs and as such any kind of rim issue or wear is harder to notice.
10-21-09, 11:32 AM
Thanks for your responses. Nigeyy, my frame doesn't call for disc brakes. Ans I am going to run a sram rear derailler. I love the precise shifting on tour and the ability to micro adjust my front derailler.
Thanks for the suggestions on rims.
10-22-09, 06:32 PM
I'd get the SRAM X-7 RD Since it is a good mid range and all metal instead of carbon, and X-7 or better shifters, maybe even X-0.On another note my dad has 9.0 Grip Shift and RD on his recumbent(It falls into SRAM's comfort line or something like that) Just as good a X-0 just another line, it is soooooooo nice, I'd get that setup any day.
10-22-09, 07:17 PM
Sun-Rims cr18 48 hole with tandem hubs(bomb proof)
10-22-09, 11:16 PM
No one suggested velocity rims, hmm.
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