Apologies in advance if this has already been covered specifically, but a search in both the Commuting and Touring forums didn't result in a lot of comparison information. And also apologies for posting this in both forums, excuse the bad form if this is frowned upon.
Here is what I am looking for in my next bike, and I would like advice from those of you with experience with the Surly Disk Trucker and/or the Ogre.
I will be using this bike primarily as my year-round daily commuter. I currently have a 5mi - 25 mi commute each way, depending upon how far I want to ride before and/or after work. I carry my gear in Ortliebs, and would like a bike I can outfit appropriately for winter riding, specifically with fenders and tires that can get me through some snow and ice if necessary. Here in Boise, ID we don't typically get a lot of snow in the valley that actually stays on the ground, but for example, during this holiday season there was about a 2-week period where I couldn't (safely) ride the roads with my current commuter because of the packed snow / ice in the bike lanes and MUPs. I also plan on outfitting my new bike with a dynohub / light set. Commuting will be the main purpose for this bike, however, I do also want to be able to use it for self-contained touring, requiring front and rear racks / panniers. While all of my touring in the past has been on the pavement I am definitely interested in checking out some of the many off-road trails and fire roads that are within the state. I'm not necessarily envisioning doing much touring on single-track, but definitely would like a bike that can handle rougher terrain.
I do plan on checking out each of these bikes and test riding, of course. From what I can see on Surly's website it appears each of these could meet my needs. It looks like the Ogre could give me more versatility in terms of choices for winter / off-road tires. I'm just not sure what the downside would be in comparison to what seems to be a more tried and true model in the LHT / Disk Trucker line.
Thoughts / comments?
Thank you in advance!