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    So I'm off to Taiwan in 4 weeks, but I still need to choose a Touring Frame

    hi all,

    i've called a few stores in Taiwan, pretty difficult to communicate, but most stores are asking me to just drop in. that's great and all but i would like to have something organised beforehand as i only have a few days to spend there.
    i'm looking for a steel frame. I'm 184cm tall. I need a frame for 26" wheels.

    Surly is a no-go because the frame size for me is a 700 wheel.

    HELP!
    ... keep on keeping on...

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    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.

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    Quote 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!
    ... keep on keeping on...

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    Not sure if you can find Kona bikes in Taiwan, but check out the Kona Smoke. Hardtail, no suspension, steel, 26" tire commuter bike that would be suitable for touring with an MSRP at $350 US. Other than that, reasonably priced 26" wheel no suspension bikes that are steel are getting to be rare as hens teeth (except on the used 1990s hartail mtn. bike or hybrid bike market).

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