Originally Posted by mycoatl
Are you just looking for a frame or will a full bike do? In a 26" wheel touring bike I really like the Koga-Miyata World Traveler. Thorn Raven and Sherpa also get frequent recommendations, as does the Bruce Gordon BLT-X. Probably easier to find the Koga-Miyata over there.
OTOH, you are going to Taiwan--the frame building capital of the world. I'm sure there are other options there that I have no clue about.
I'm looking for either a full bike or if i cannot find something suitable (or a bike i that will need unsuitable parts to be replaced) then i will buy a frame and build the bike in a shop in Taiwan.
I like the Koga's, but the frames are aluminium so i'm not very keen (and there's the price tag too).
Thorn are a great bike too (again, the price tag is steep when you add the delivery costs, not sure if it is available in Taiwan). I'd buy the frame if i saw it in Taiwan.
Same deal with the Bruce Gordon, if it's available in Taiwan then it's all good.
But these are high-end bikes in my opinion and fat wallet bikes too!
Surely I can source a steel frame bike suitable for 26" wheels for under $1,000.
Like i said, i was all set on the Surly LHT frame, but 54cm is the largest built for the 26" wheel, I'd need at least 56cm frame.
NO 700 Wheels please!
I'm trying to go with a 1990's style mountain bike frame, but all the trends seem to be towards full suspension rigs!