Made the decision to purchase a Trek 520.
The bike has a generally good reputation is one reason,
the bike's large size appears to be a good fit,
another is LBS (30 miles away) is a Trek dealer.
Phoned LBS, no they didn't have one in stock,
but the regional stocking location had a few.
So I was just about to place a deposit on one
when I asked "does the steerer tube come uncut",
their answer was- they come already cut and fitted.
I was planning to leave it uncut until I had decided
about the handlebar height.
Does anyone know for sure, is the steerer
tube cut and fitted before it arrives at the LBS ?
If so, does anyone know if there is any extra
lenght (height) to the steerer?
Also asked the LBS if a Trek 520 was available
only as a frame, they didn't think so.
Might have to consider a LHT, which felt sluggish
compared to the 520.
Thanks for any feedback !!
Proper fit is a big deal. I tried out a Trek 520, and I didn't get one because the handlebars are too low. The bar-end shifters exacerbate this problem. Just about any other touring bike will have a higher handlebar position.
Sounds like the bike shop wasn't any good, not the Trek 520. It's possible to fit almost any rider, and I mean almost any, to a stock 520. High rise stems, steering tube extenders, bigger frame size....it's what good bike shops do.