I would like your opinion on the following bikes. I am thinking about buying a frame and building it up. Any advice on which frame to choose for my purposes and how to build it up.
I am thinking about these three bikes:
1. surly cross check
2. soma double cross
3. surly LHT
I am looking for a bike that would be best for:
1. working as a guide on road and off-road (trans-canada trail, not technical but not paved)
2. touring in china, loaded
3. some randonneuring and long training rides with friends (who ride road bikes)
4. a triathlon or two (least important)
5. and of course riding around town on a fun bike, some lighter overnight trips
I am 6'4, have pretty long legs.
I am in Taiwan and could buy a lot of stuff here and bring it back to Canada.
A couple questions: Alex rims are super cheap here, and my LBS doesn't charge much for labor. Which rim would be best. Which hub (road, mtb?)
Any advice welcome,