Just finished this weekend and wanted to share. After waiting 6 weeks, I was finally able to lay hands on a LHT. Gene over at Spicer Cycles gave me an excellent deal on the frame and nearly all the components. Heres the list--
1 Frame--Surly LHT 60 cm blue
2 Crank--sugino 26\36\46 XD300 170mm
3 BB--shimano UN53 113mm sq. taper
4 FD-shimano LX M571 1 1/8 bottom pull
5 RD-shimao LX M580 SGS
6 Cassette-sram pg-950 11-34T
7 Seatpost-salsa shaft
8 Seat-Brooks B17 champion (green/copper)
9 Headset-FSA orbit XLII
10 Fenders-SKS P45 black
11 Front/rear brake-shimano BR-R550 Cantis
12 Front/rear rack-Jandd extreme/expedition
13 Chain-KMC Z9000
14 Handlebar-Nitto classic 45cm
15 Shifters-shimano barcons
16 Brake handles-shimano 105 sti
17 Pedals-speedplay x-5
Yes, I know---the green seat doesnt go very well with the blue paint job. The seat looked darker on the Brooks website. The copper rails look great though.
All parts went together with no help (i.e. large hammer) and took all day sat and till noon today. The frame was treated 3 times--once per day for 3 days with amsoil heavy duty protect. Probably over kill, but good peace of mind. This was done while I waited for the rest of the components to arrive from Spicer.
Rode a 25 mile loop today--rain and all as a test fit. A few handlebar and seat adjustments and it was smooth sailing. Very comfortable and stable. The fit is excellent . My other bike is a Giant OCR tourer that didnt fit quite well (compact frame) and was'nt nearly as good a fit. Its now my beater bike.
I removed the front rack so I could fiddle with the canti--never had one before. The last pic shows a small bit of my BoB. The wheels and tires are mismatched (they're beater wheels I keep around) A new Velocity wheelset is on the way.
Im REALLY going to put some miles on this one!