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    I know that the shorter chainstay length could be a problem with panniers, but what about using a cyclocross with a bob trailer ? Is stability an issue ? Seems like a good bike to consider for paved/dirt touring rather than a dedicated touring bike.
    For pulling a trailer is the LHT noticably superior to the Cross check or
    Kona Sutra really that much better than Jake the snake ?
    Cyclocross just seems more versatile and I'm looking for a bike my son can use also.
    Tours will probably not exceed two weeks, so I'm not sure I need a full-blown touring bike if 90% of the time it will not be pulling a load.
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    I've heard that the Xcheck handles just fine with a Bob (with a beefy rear wheel). If your tours won't extend 2 weeks, i'd definitely go this route over the touring bike, because imo the CX is lighter and smoother on unloaded rides at home.

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    Just get the Jandd Extreme rear rack. It allows you to mount the panniers further back so that your heels don't hit. That's what I have on my Crosscheck. I've heard tales of trailers getting out of control on descents and causing crashes - my Crosscheck is rock steady when fully loaded and flying downhill. The Crosscheck is a better touring bike than the LHT is a cyclocross bike. The lower bottom bracket and longer wheelbase of the LHT just don't work as well offroad.

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    I did a fixed gear tour using a Bob Coz (heavier then the Yak) and a Surly Cross Check.

    Absolutely no issues with the bike or the trailer. Compared to my Trek 520 the frame seemed to flex a bit more but not enough to cause me concerns.

    When starting out make sure you work up to high speed descents carefully so that you can see if you have a "wag the dog" kind of issue. Highly likely that having gear well balanced in the trailer will reduce the chance of problems.

    Having said that I have to admit using saddlebags is also a nice option since it gives you fewer wheels to worry about having to fix. Schwalbe makes a good trailer tire that for me anyway hasn't had any flats yet.

    ~Jamie N

    P.S. Schwalbe is a BT101 sponsor meaning that contributors are sponsored. I ask for and receive nothing. I like their products but wanted to disclose the connection for clarity.
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    Cyclocross with a Bob? Who ever would think of such a thing?

    Nikki riding her Pinarello CX bike on a ride up the the Sierra Century.
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