this research is for my girlfriend's new
Surly LHT and I just want to ensure she really enjoys her bike
(ordering in the frame to be built up by my LBS next wk)
...it will be the first real quality bike she's ever had and we're planning
to do some touring this summer on it as well as next yr).
Below is the link to the Surly Long Haul Trucker and the stock components
First, I'm trying to decide if those stock Alex Adventurer
rims are good quality or should I swap
em out for other rims?
More specifically, i'm looking
for a great quality rim that is versatile, i,e
lightweight for fast commuting/randonneuring
but also rugged enough to hold its own during offroad
firetrail riding and loaded touring.
I'm also looking at swapping out the brakes to either shimano
br550 cantis (as well as the saddle...won't be leather just yet).
as per the bars, i'll probably give her a pair of nitto noodles
...or trekking bars (she likes a more ''upright position'')
but back to the stock components, esp rims and bottom bracket and
ritchey comp headset: are these very good products to keep as stock?