I've just got my new LHT home - had QBP do most of the build, and my wonderful LBS (Ambridge Bike Shop, Pittsburgh PA) do the final work on it. I don't think I've done anything too different from what I've seen on here before, but I've definitely benefited from the info here and I'd like to contribute in case it's of some use.
I think the two things I was pleasantly surprised at was the gear combination (20/32/46 chainrings, 11/34 cassette) and how well a Wippermann Connexx chain matches the Surly utility blue. There's more details on this LHT at: http://www.thirdwave-websites.com/bi...ul-trucker.cfm but there's a partial build list and a few photos below.
FullSpeedAhead Threadless Headset
Profile Airstryke aero bars
Dimension Adjustable stem SM2082 (upper)
Nitto Noodle handlebar (upper)
Dimension stem (lower)
Hubs: XT 36-spoke, black Front & Rear
Spokes: DT 14 gauge, 4x pattern
Rims : DT Swiss TK7.1
Tires : 700C x 32C Panaracer Tserv. 95psi. Presta valves.
Brakes: XT Front & Rear BR-8342 - 8343
Cane Creek Road Brake Levers
Tektro RX 2.0 suicide brake levers
Quality Bicycle Products Travel Agents
Dimension seat post 27.2 ST-6633
Brooks B73 Saddle, with adaptor ST5303
Lights: Cateye TL-LD1000 rear, Alias HID front.
Computer: Cateye CC-CD300 wireless cadence backlit computer
Fenders: Planet Bike Hardcore (PE2502)
Pedals: Crank Bros. Candy's
Racks: Surly Nice Rack (front), Jannd Expedition Rack (rear)
Esge Pletscher bipod kickstand -
Wippermann Connex chain (blue) matches the Surly Utility Blue quite nicely.
White Industries 175 Crank permits a 20-tooth small chainring
Front chainrings: Salsa 20, Raceface 32 (sweet ramps), Salsa 46
Shimano Barend Shifting Levers (barcon shifters)
XT Rear Derailleur
Rear Cassette: 11/34 Deore LX : 11, 13, 15, 17, 20, 23, 26, 30, 34.
Bike Weight: 32.3 pounds (frame, wheels, 2 racks, fenders, 2 handlebars, kickstand).
Total cost-of-build, one Surly Long Haul Trucker : $2597 (everything but the lights)