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Old 01-31-07, 08:36 AM   #1
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I'm going to Taiwan. I need Touring Bike/Frame suggestions for a 26" wheel

this is related to my previous query.
I am taking a trip to Taiwan in the next few weeks and I am trying to choose a suitable frame/bike for touring Asia. I have contacted a store in Taiwan that sells the Surly LHT. That's great but I am around 184-185cm tall and people are telling me that a 54cm frame would be too small. So here is my dilemma: Surly LHT frames built for a 26" wheel have a maximum size of 54cm, after that (56cm and up) the frames are built for a 700 wheel.

So I am seeking your advice. Here's what I've heard so far:

- go with the 54cm frame and just use seat post and bar stems to correct any sizing issues

- go with a larger frame, and a 700 wheel, and just stock up on some 700 tubes and tyres before I set off on my travels

- get a different frame instead of the Surly LHT??? any suggections are welcome

I would like to organize as much of my bike build requirements before I go to Taiwan in case there is a longer lead time, for the store to order components, than the time I will have to spend in Taiwan (1 week).

What are Giant like? Do they currently build any touring models? I could n't find any on their website.

thanks lads!
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Old 01-31-07, 09:27 AM   #2
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Well #1 get a frame that fits you - adding a super long stem and seat post will not result in a bike you are going to enjoy riding day in and day out.

In a pinch get a mtn bike with 26" wheels and add some trekking bars. That will give you lots of hand positions, a rugged frame and 26" wheels - just make sure the chain stays are long enough to work with your rack and panniers - or use a trailer.
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You're 6 feet tall. You would need a 56 or 58 cm LHT. If you put 26" wheels on them the bottom bracket would be too low and you would have frequent pedal strikes.
There are people who are using 26" wheels on the Surly Karate Monkey which is a 29er (700c) mountain bike frame. But they are running 2.35 tires, like the Schwalbe Big Apple, which have a tall profile. The frame angles of a KM in you size are identical to the Pacer, Surley's road frame.
The REI Novara Safari is a really inexpensive 26" wheel touring bike. This bike looks very good to me. I really can't say it has any drawbacks.
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hey GeoKrpan,
yeah the REI Novara Safari looks lovely and all, but it's aluminium. I am looking for a steel frame dude!
(jasus, I'm very fussy!)

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You're 6 feet tall. You would need a 56 or 58 cm LHT. If you put 26" wheels on them the bottom bracket would be too low and you would have frequent pedal strikes.
There are people who are using 26" wheels on the Surly Karate Monkey which is a 29er (700c) mountain bike frame. But they are running 2.35 tires, like the Schwalbe Big Apple, which have a tall profile. The frame angles of a KM in you size are identical to the Pacer, Surley's road frame.
The REI Novara Safari is a really inexpensive 26" wheel touring bike. This bike looks very good to me. I really can't say it has any drawbacks.
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Giant wouldn't really be a possibility. Most of their bikes are aluminum, and those that aren't aluminum are High-Tensile steel (not recommended for touring).

You might want to look into Merida bicycles and KHS bicycles. They are the other two leading manufacturers in the country. If you can find out the source, I'm sure you could find the actual name of Surly's manufacturer and get the same 'frame' without the labeling.
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Bruce Gordon Rock-n-Road EX or the BLT-X. They are more expensive than an LHT but not by much after all is said and done...trust me, I've built bikes from bare frames and they aren't a cheap way to go
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Found a frame that might fight your size. CroMo steel. Only problem is its 700c wheels. But plenty of braze-ons.

Urban-Xpress

or you could try one without the front fork braze-ons

Flite 220

Others can look and tell me what they think. Might be worth it and just stock up on 700c tubes and tires.

And their factory is apparently pretty close to the international airport. Here is a map.

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And here's a list of components and the corporations that sell them. Found it in another thread, but definitely useful.

Bike Taiwan Product Finder
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Possibly a Thorn? They are on the expensive side (built up) but the frames by themselves seem reasonable.
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thanks for all the replies folks. 700 wheel is a no go, i'm afraid. it must be 26" all the way. a friend of mine is having a nightmare trying to replace a rim in Oz right now, no-one stocks it in Perth.

i've love to buy a Thorn, but can i get this frame in Taiwan?

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thanks for all the replies folks. 700 wheel is a no go, i'm afraid. it must be 26" all the way. a friend of mine is having a nightmare trying to replace a rim in Oz right now, no-one stocks it in Perth.

i've love to buy a Thorn, but can i get this frame in Taiwan?
You have to order it from the UK and they'll ship it anywhere you like. They might make some of their frames in Taiwan??? If so I'm not sure you'd be able to pick one up at the factory, but it can't hurt to ask.
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