Join Date: Aug 2005
Bikes: Trek, Cannondale Tandem, Surly LHT
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Typical touring gearing is similar to that found on many mountain bikes. On my Surley LHT I have an 11/32 cassette, and (can't say absolutely for sure) something like 46/38/26 on chainrings (Sugino 600). I dragged 75 Lbs of bike, trailer and gear across American without any issues. It worked great. You'll probably need a new, long body RD (mine's an older style XT) and it will probably be easier to just replace the crank, chain and possibly the BB. If you do change the crank assembly, you may also need to change the FD to match the circumferance of the large ring. You should be able to do all of this for between $125-200. This will give you a great touring set-up.
Last edited by Old Hammer Boy; 05-10-11 at 08:15 PM.