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    Started my LHT build

    Budget allowing I am starting to collect parts and build up my LHT. For those that are interested here are the parts I have finally decided on. I'll also include items for touring and camping that I'm using.



    Frame and Fork-Surly Long Haul Trucker, 56cm, Utility Blue
    Headset-Chris King, Black
    Rims-Mavic A719 36H, Silver
    Spokes-DT Swiss Alpine III, Silver
    Hubs-Shimano XT 36H, Black
    Handlebars-Salsa Bell Lap 46cm
    Aerobars-Profile Stryke
    Brakes-Tektro Oryx Cantilevers, Black
    Brake Levers for hoods-Tektro R200A, Black
    Brake Levers for flats-Tektro RL720, Black
    Crankset-Shimano Hone 175mm, 44,32,22,They come in Black
    Cassette-Shimano XT, 11-34
    Stem-Bontrager, don't know length or rise but looks right, found on clearance table for 5.00, black
    Derailleur front-Shimano LX
    Derailleur rear-Shimano XT
    Shifters-Shimano Dura Ace 9 spd
    Shifter relocater-Kelly Take-Off
    Anti Chain Suck device- N-Gear Jump Stop
    Saddle-Brooks B17, Black
    Seatpost-Truvative XR, Black
    Fenders-Custom Carbon Fiber, Black


    Should be done in about a month or less.

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    Congrats on the new bike. Look fwd. to seeing it done.
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    Looks great! I'm sure you'll enjoy it when your finished--although building it up is lots of fun too!
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    looks great but id recc the shimano br-550 cantis and the shimano tiagra brake levers, much nicer quality than the tektros. i've used both.

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    Oh man, this is going to be sweet. It reminds me of my LHT looked like as I waited for parts and got all my other gear together. For like two weeks the only things on the frame were the headset, the seatpost collar, water bottle cages and the stem. Good memories. Can't wait to see the final build!

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    Sweet build, post pics when you are finished. What was the final tally for all of the parts you listed (including frame)?

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    Your bike is going to look great. Here is some inspiration:


    lhtgrass.jpg
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    Thanks for the replies. I'll look into those brake components Bekologist.

    Greenstork, I'll add it all up after I buy everything. So far I've bought the frame and fork, headset, stem, seatpost, waterbottle cages, shifters, and the Kelly take offs. Totalling 580.00 dollars. The Shifters, Take-Offs, and seatpost are in the mail from ebay sellers.

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    Love the color.
    I'm trying to imagine the stem in the flipped position. Would it be level or pointing down? If it were level it would have that nice traditional look. If you do flip it you will need more steerer tube than the other way. That's important to consider before you decide how much of the steerer tube to cut off.

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    ready to ride LHT for $900

    I heard from my local bike shop guy that the LHT is available for $900 ready to ride. Alex 36 spoke touring wheels with DT spokes, LX hubs, Sugino crank 48x36x26, 11-34 rear, Deore deraillers, bar end levers, Tektro brakes, etc. In cherry red or utility blue. I'm looking at purchasing the Red one, ready to ride.

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    This is great! I'm craving a new bike and an LHT looks like just the thing. I can't afford it, but you know how that is; I'm still trying to find a way. I'm thinking I can possibly afford the frame, then I can catch my breath (and refill my wallet), and then start buying components here and there until I eventually have a nifty new ride.

    I have a request. I would love it if you would post from time to time and let us see how you're progressing. I'd also like to hear about the process. One thing I'm very curious about is how much of the build-up I can do myself, and how much I'll have to take to my LBS. Any comments you or anyone else has about that aspect would be much appreciated.

    Thanks so much for sharing. It looks like it's going to be a sweet bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeoKrpan
    Love the color.
    I'm trying to imagine the stem in the flipped position. Would it be level or pointing down? If it were level it would have that nice traditional look. If you do flip it you will need more steerer tube than the other way. That's important to consider before you decide how much of the steerer tube to cut off.

    Here's a pic of it flipped



    I plan on getting another stem that is adjustable to use to mount the handlebar bag, that way I could still use the flatbar brake levers. The Profile Stryke Aerobars flip up arm rests will allow access to the brake levers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBlueToe
    This is great! I'm craving a new bike and an LHT looks like just the thing. I can't afford it, but you know how that is; I'm still trying to find a way. I'm thinking I can possibly afford the frame, then I can catch my breath (and refill my wallet), and then start buying components here and there until I eventually have a nifty new ride.

    I have a request. I would love it if you would post from time to time and let us see how you're progressing. I'd also like to hear about the process. One thing I'm very curious about is how much of the build-up I can do myself, and how much I'll have to take to my LBS. Any comments you or anyone else has about that aspect would be much appreciated.

    Thanks so much for sharing. It looks like it's going to be a sweet bike.

    I can't afford a complete new bike either. So I'm doing just that, buying stuff when I see a deal on
    ebay or on a clearance table at a bike shop.

    Here's a breakdown of prices I've paid for what I have so far.

    330.00 for frame and fork, at a LBS
    107.00 for Chris King headset, same LBS
    5.00 for stem at another LBS clearance table
    1.00 each for plain, black water bottle cages, same Clearance table
    34.99 Shipped for Kelly Take off downtube shifter relocators from this ebay seller He has more.
    56.99 shipped for Shimano Dura Ace 9 speed downtube shifters from this ebay seller He has more
    12.19 shipped for this new truvative XR laidback seatpost off ebay seller(has no more)


    That's all I got so far. I just keep an eye out on ebay and sales at online bike retailers for other items.

    I've found this section of MTBR forums helpful in finding good prices for future purchases.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/forumdisplay.php?f=54

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert_in_ca
    I can't afford a complete new bike either. So I'm doing just that, buying stuff when I see a deal on ebay or on a clearance table at a bike shop.
    Excatly how I built mine. It was the first bike that I built and I had fun doing it. Learned a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eric von zipper
    Excatly how I built mine. It was the first bike that I built and I had fun doing it. Learned a lot.

    I really like your set up on your LHT. I still wish they had the green available. But I like my blue.

    What kind of fenders are those?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianmcg123
    I really like your set up on your LHT. I still wish they had the green available. But I like my blue.

    What kind of fenders are those?
    Thank you. I have to admit that the bike is very much inspired by other people's LHTs here on the BF and the internet. The fenders are SKS Chromoplast Fenders 45mm. I've very happy with them.
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