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    are the rack-mounting braze-ons for the privateer...

    are the rack-mounting braze-ons for the privateer rated for a heavier load? i didn't see that listed anywhere.

    also, just for reference, what size frame is that in the photo?
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    what made you choose the privateer over the space...

    what made you choose the privateer over the space horse? price?
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    the crank arm lengths for the Salsa Marrakesh are...

    the crank arm lengths for the Salsa Marrakesh are listed at the bottom of the "build kit" tab: here

    i'd be going for a 54cm in a Marrakesh, whereas i'd go for a 50cm in an Aurora Elite (standover...
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    i would be a 52cm in a LHT which is only offered...

    i would be a 52cm in a LHT which is only offered for 26" wheels, so unfortunately it wouldn't be a close comparison for me for a Marrakesh.
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    thanks for your description of the Aurora vs...

    thanks for your description of the Aurora vs Hillborne. even though the Marrakesh is different than the Hillborne, it still definitely helps in understanding some of the geometry differences in...
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    FWIW: wheel/tires will be 700c x 35, crankset...

    FWIW: wheel/tires will be 700c x 35, crankset will be 170's
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    BB drop effect for commuting/touring?

    i'm in the market for a new (complete) bike to be used 80% of the time for commuting and long weekend rides w/ rear rack and pannier, and 20% for medium loaded touring w/ two panniers on the rear and...
  8. I saw that via google too, just didn't understand...

    I saw that via google too, just didn't understand what it meant in this context
  9. according to the respective websites: Jamis...

    according to the respective websites:

    Jamis Aurora:
    Reynolds 520 double-butted chromoly main tubes with SST tubing diameters, double-tapered cromo stays,

    Surly Cross-Check:
    Surly 4130 CroMoly...
  10. tubing/frameset: Jamis Aurora vs Surly Cross-Check

    i'm looking at these two complete bikes and am wondering what people's opinions are about the framesets / tubing of each.

    the geometries are similar, with the aurora being slightly shorter and...
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    one of my local bike shops sells the Jamis Aurora...

    one of my local bike shops sells the Jamis Aurora (standard, not the elite) for $859 and i get a %15 discount at that particular store, so my price would end up being $730 before taxes.
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    just noticed the difference in BB heights between...

    just noticed the difference in BB heights between the two models, both based, i assume on 700 x 32c wheels+tires since that's what each comes with.

    49cm Fuji = 268.5mm
    50cm Jamis Aurora = 286mm ...
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    thanks for the first hand account - that's very...

    thanks for the first hand account - that's very informative!
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    oh, and forgive the noob question, but is RD...

    oh, and forgive the noob question, but is RD referring to rear derailleur in that quote?
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    thanks for all the responses everyone. some...

    thanks for all the responses everyone.

    some follow up questions/comments:

    weight:
    there were a lot of mentions of the weight difference, which i also noted - it looks like they weight...
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    Jamis Aurora vs Fuji Touring

    i asked a similar question a few months back, but i finally have the cash to make a purchase and have revised my shortlist of bikes that i'm interested in after doing some research.

    i'm basically...
  17. what do you think of the stock components on that...

    what do you think of the stock components on that Fuji? are they as good as the stock parts on the complete Cross Check/LHT?
  18. that Fuji looks pretty good in terms of geometry...

    that Fuji looks pretty good in terms of geometry and price.
    anyone out there own one or have any opinions on it, especially in comparison to the other bikes mentioned?
  19. LHT vs CC vs New Albion Privateer for commuter/tourer

    so, i just had my 50cm Cross Check that was built up as a rack+pannier commuter/tourer (with added granny ring to match the gearing of a LHT) stolen from me recently :(
    so i've been forced back into...
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    sorry to resurrect this post from the dead, but...

    sorry to resurrect this post from the dead, but this question just came up again for me.

    besides the Nitto RB-002, are there any other pursuit / bullhorn bars that have come out with the rearward...
  21. Surly Steamroller sizing for a 50cm Cross-Check owner?

    To those of you that own a Surly Cross-check AND a Surly Steamroller:

    which size Steamroller size (49cm or 53cm) do you think would be a better fit for 50cm Cross-check owner (w/ 90mm 15deg stem...
  22. ahh.. good to know. thanks! on a related note,...

    ahh.. good to know. thanks!

    on a related note, i was just chatting with a bike mechanic at my lbs, and he seemed skeptical that a left side Shimano ST-4503 shifter (or any Shimano STI shifter for...
  23. is the minimum tooth difference something I only...

    is the minimum tooth difference something I only need to worry about in regards to the middle and large rings? I ask because there is only going to be a 10 tooth diff between the granny and middle.
  24. Bueller?

    Bueller?
  25. thank you, everyone! this all very informative,...

    thank you, everyone! this all very informative, especially to someone that just switched back to geared riding after riding 7 years exclusively on a fixed gear, and has pretty much zero experience...
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