I know you are probably tired of these threads but I have been working on this build for a while and finally got it on the road. It took a while to get the wheels built up like I wanted them. I am planning to do the ACA Atlantic Coast route next summer and this is the bike I plan on using. Current specs:
56cm Surly LHT frame
Shimano LX Rear and 105 front derailleurs
Shimano XT Hubs laced to Velocity Dyad rims w/ 14g spokes
Shimano 105 triple crank with Salsa rings (48/38/26)
DuraAce bar end shifter mounted to down tube bosses. (I have DT shifters on the way)
Shimano Ultegra 12-27 cassette. This will be switched to an 11-34 when I start hauling a load.
Salsa Short and Shallow bars and some mid-level Cannondale stem. Stem may change as I dial in fit.
Conti tires for now which will probably morph into Schwalbe Marathons for the tour.
Shinmano cantilevers and levers.
Shimano SPD pedals.
I just got the first ride in today and am still playing with fit and deciding what parts to keep and what to change out. I am toying with XT V-brakes and Cane Creek levers since I am not too thrilled with these brakes. I need to play with them some more and see if I can get them working better.
Any non-Brooks recommendations on saddles? I ride Ariones on all of my racing bikes but am looking for something a little cushier for daily loaded use. I know everyone loves Brooks but I just can't get my mind wrapped around one. I just don't like their looks.