Going to go touring the South Island of New Zealand, (btw I live there anyhow). I already commute with a load on a Salsa la Cruz which I had for over a year and have done probably around 10000km with no issues. I run Conti Top Contacts 700x32mm on my 29er rims of my La Cruz also with no issues at all. I was advised by Salsa not not run a slimmer tire than 32mm. The Conti tires are slightly difficult to source over here but doable.
I don't want to mess with my commuter, the Salsa la Cruz and I'm intending to buy a set of bikes for me and my wife set up for touring/long distance.
I have looked at the posts here and I can't get my head round the preference for 26" rims rather than 700cc on road? Is there an issue with this? I prefer 700cc tires as the are better on road, does having to carry a bigger load effect this?
Re: The Fargo vs LHT. I intend to be mostly on road, with light off road now and again, I want to be gone touring for around three weeks. I have a dealer who sold me the Salsa La Cruz which I love, he also sells Surly's which obviously have a a great rep.
Wondering what people think are the pros and cons of both bikes. All I can see are the disc brakes are slight overkill on the Fargo, but I live with them on my Salsa la Cruz and actually quite like them.
Really appreciate any thoughts, I mostly live on the commute forum.