So I woke up this morning at 0600, probably more than a little excited to get the LHT out on it's first day of "full" commuting. How did it do? Fan*tastic*. For those who think the LHT is "sluggish", well maybe I've never experienced a "fast" bike, but good lord this thing can move. Compared to my Trek 7.3 FX it doesn't have the "jump", i.e. when I hammer on it and it feels like it's jumping forward out from underneath you, but acceleration is very brisk once you get over the initial lag of the steel frame + big 700x37's aired up to a whopping 80psi .
The ride... oh man the ride. It's nearly as supple as my MTB in the front, and it doesn't have suspension! The rear rides better, steel wins this race bar none. Summary is that she rides like a dream, the difference between this an aluminum roadies is literally night and day. Hand positions are excellent, I've been using the hoods quite a bit, but I'm yet to get used to drops. I've used the drops a couple times and it's not bad, odd so far, but not bad. The handlebar position is very good but I may play with it.
Anyway.. 30 minutes and 7 miles later I was at work.. after stopping twice to adjust the saddle! This is probably my best time when you take out the saddle stops, as previous bests are right in the 30 minute range on the Trek FX. I found myself several times blasting away and didn't even realize I had picked up so much speed.
With all that in mind, she earned a name. This bike I have dubbed "Blue Thunder", a name oddly appropriate for such a ride. Without further delay:
The value of this bike is pretty awesome, here's some more porn featuring the '08 XT Shadow rear der.. it seems VERY smooth so far. Oh, and my new Superflash. Those things should be required for commuting, it's BRIGHT!!!
The detail they put into this is great. Lookit that fork! And those clean welds!
Finally, just begging for me to skip work and take her out on a century:
Summary? Pure... is all I have to say. Surly did their homework, there's really nothing I want to change about this bike. Tires are great, wheels are great, overall just an amazing ride. Many more miles to come.. only 15 so far, but man..