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Old 01-09-07, 04:57 AM   #1
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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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Old 01-09-07, 08:47 AM   #2
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Congrats on the new bike. Look fwd. to seeing it done.
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Old 01-09-07, 08:49 AM   #3
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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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Old 01-09-07, 09:34 AM   #4
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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:


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Old 01-09-07, 02:07 PM   #8
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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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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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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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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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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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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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