LHT lbs build or complete?
I'm buying the Surly LHT as my first really quality bike, and my lbs has offered to build it up with components 'comparable' the complete bike from Surly, for the same price. I really know next to nothing about components, but the complete build looks great to me, and seems to be well received on this forum. Should I wait for the complete bike (Surly will only say it will ship 'sometime in April'), or let the lbs build it up (with my input, which is currently somewhat uninformed)?
I'll be using this as an all around bike, but I may use it for touring in the future. What changes would you make to the build for a similar price point?
Thanks in advance for any responses.
I also posted this in Commuting.
What components are different?
Ask for a parts list and post it here.
Honestly, the stock LHT is pretty darn good-- I doubt it can be beat with QBP wholesale priced parts (because QBP is the same company as Surly)
I'd be shocked if they can offer that price for same or similar components. I'd go with the complete. The only reason to do otherwise is if there are things you are sure you'd want to change out.
i did some work for my lbs,needed to be done at nignt so he said he'd give me any bike at cost-got my LHTwith the factory build,fenders,and front and rear nice racks-$1290 out the door
I had another look at the LHT complete, and there really isn't anything much to change, except to upgrade. Better saddle, bars, rims and tires. I prefer different derailleurs, I like the LX rear, and a 2 step front. I prefer a slightly different casssette, or even 8 or 7 speed. The cranks are perfect, as are the spokes. I doubt you could mostly get a better deal than the one they are offering.
Bikeman has the LHT Bike at $930. I called and they said its coming out April 2nd. Front and rear Surly Nice Racks are $102 each. Sounds like you got a great deal plus LBS service.
Originally Posted by aphatrider