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Old 02-19-10, 09:07 PM   #1
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TM's 2010 list of Touring Bikes!!! *Updated 30 July*

ITS BACK!!! AND BETTER THAN EVER!!!

version 0.82 (frames page under constriction)
Update 2/20/10: Added the GT Peace Tour
Update 7/30/10: Final update, added lots of stuff

Since my 2009 list of touring bikes was so well received i have continued.... to create this years list of latest and greatest touring bikes.

First I'm sure its not all the touring bikes. I've included a separate page dedicated to frames. Also I have included links to the manufacturers page for each model (click model name) as well as links to the manufacturers home page (click brand name)

These 25 touring bikes (and other bikes requested to be added by the community) are those specificly labeled as touring bikes by their respective makers, or labeled as accetable touring alternatives by the touring community. Yes, its true you can tour on any type of bike, but for those who wish to purchase a bicycle for the puroses of touring I recomend, well a touring bike. Please check out the frames page for a list of frames.

When ever a # column follows, these are the rankings of the components/price of the previous column. I have pre loaded the ranking columns so you can get a feel of how it works. These current rankings (except the price and gear difference columns) are my own opinion so please feel free to use your own. I was looking for a touring bike that was a steel frame, disc brakes, STI shifters, and preferably mountain bike components. Currently I DO NOT trust my judgement on rims. Rim qualitywas based soley on price of the rim.


If you find I have made an error please post it here. If you think I should add another bike please post that too. If you think how I judge touring bikes is stupid I don't want to hear it and neither does anyone else.

The list includes:
Brodie Elan <--new
Bruce Gordon BG BLT <--new
Bruce Gordon Rock & Roll Tour <--new
Cannondale Touring 1
Cannondale Touring 2
Co-motion Americano
Co-motion Nor'Wester
Co-motion Pangea
Devinci Caribou 1 <--new
Devinci Caribou 2 <--new
Fuji Touring
GT Peace Tour
Jamis Aurora
Jamis Aurora Elite
KHS TR-101
Kona Sutra
Masi Speciale Randonneur
Norco Cabot
Norco Fraser (Kwest Touring is no more)
Novara Randonee
Novara Safari
Opus Legato <--new
Opus Largo <--new
Raleigh Sojourn
Rocky Mountain Sherpa 10
Rocky mountain Sherpa 30
Salsa Casseroll
Salsa Fargo
Salsa Vaya <--new
Schwinn World Tour DLX <--new
Surly Long Haul Trucker (LHT)
Trek 520
Windsor Tourist

Cross bikes suitable/popular for touring:
Surly Cross-Check
Bianchi Volpe


Bikes are rated/info-given on:
price
brand
model
color
frame material
fork material
brakes
brake type
shifters
front derailleur
rear derailleur
chain
BB
crankset
chainrings
speeds
cassette range
min/max gear ratios (alot of hard work )
pedals yes/no
hubs
rims
min/max size
wheelbase for min/max size(not for all models)
chainstay length
weight (not available for msot models)
...and more



DOWNLOAD EXCEL SHEET .XLS HERE:
http://rapidshare.com/files/409996416/touring-bikes-2010-final.xls.html

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Old 02-19-10, 11:36 PM   #2
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What, no Salsa Vaya? It is similar to the Masi Special Randoneur and Surly Cross Check...also doubles, but with discs and 9-spd STI's.

Thanks for your efforts TM!
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Old 02-21-10, 07:28 PM   #3
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You could add Devinci Caribou 1/Caribou 2 , Opus Largo/Legato , Marinoni Turismo/Turismo extreme if you ever update the list. Thx for what you already put in there, it's great to have an idea of what's available all in one place!
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Old 02-22-10, 07:35 AM   #4
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Two more would be the Bilenky Midlands and Tourlite.
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Old 02-22-10, 07:52 AM   #5
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Would appreciate if you'd add a Recumbent section. Here are my suggestions:

Rans Stratus XP and Stratus LE
http://www.ransbikes.com/StratusXP10.htm
http://www.ransbikes.com/StratusLE.htm

Easy Racers Tour Easy
http://www.easyracers.com/products/t.../toureasy.html

Bacchetta Bella
http://www.bacchettabikes.com/recumb...s/bellaatt.htm
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Old 02-22-10, 08:41 AM   #6
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^ If you wanna add bents, then HP Velotechnik's Street Machine is a capable touring rig...and the most comfy bent I've ridden...available with OSS or USS.
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Old 02-22-10, 09:26 PM   #7
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Minor corrections on the Co-Motion Nor'wester Tour. I have a 2010 custom with about 600 miles on it.

Wheels are 36 spoke, not 40. Standard tire is 32mm not 35mm. Also, you could add that custom sizing is $300 extra.

Edit: Have you considered adding a column for stainless couplers, yes/no? Don't know if that many bike makers offer it.
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...and there are some great trikes, too:

Terratrike Tour
http://www.terratrike.com/tour.php

Catrike Expedition
http://www.catrike.com/expedition.htm

ICE Sprint or Vortex or Trice T
http://www.icetrikes.co.uk/explore-our-trikes
http://www.utahtrikes.com/TRIKE-ICET20SUS.html

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Old 02-23-10, 12:20 PM   #9
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And how about Bruce Gordon's touring bikes?
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Might be easier to use google docs to share/update the list, rather than an xls hosted on rapidshare.... I've uploaded an editable version here:

https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?...pSnZkZnc&hl=en
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Rivendell makes the Atlantis and Sam Hillbourne. Velo-Orange has the Polyvalent. These three bikes are sold as frames or complete bikes.
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Thanks for the list. Here's some additions
Soma Fabrications Saga
Thorn
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Might be easier to use google docs to share/update the list, rather than an xls hosted on rapidshare.... I've uploaded an editable version here:

https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?...pSnZkZnc&hl=en
Added the 2 models from DeVinci and 2 from Opus in the spreadsheet.

Can't get the HYPERLINK function to work so that we can get on the bikes webpages when clicking on their names. I don't know what I'm doing wrong, it should normally be ok.

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Old 03-20-10, 11:35 PM   #14
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Litespeed Sportive - http://www.litespeed.com/bikes/current/sportive.aspx
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What about touring bikes by Roberts, Dawes, Hewitt, Koga,

http://www.robertscycles.com/p_touring.html

http://www.dawescycles.com/c-81-touring-bikes.aspx

http://www.hewittbikefitting.co.uk/i...hp?page=hewitt

http://www.koga.com/uk/segment.asp?c...=11&segment=91
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nice idea,
but what about the multitude of touring bike manufacturers from around the rest of the world.
I know of at least 5 or 6 off of the top of my head in the Netherlands (my home country) alone...
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irc: you can add them here: https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?...pSnZkZnc&hl=en

jurjan: why don't you add a section on touring bikes that are available in Europe?
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Supersport,
like I said, just in the Netherlands there are a dozen manufacturers, and we're just a small country, I imagine France having loads...
the UK must have dozens as well, thorn, dawes etc.
What about Asian countries? New Zealand, Australia, Africa?

It would also mean that just the Dutch section would be as large as the USA section (my manufacturer (Snel) has 5 models in 28" and 2 in 26", and it's not a big one, like Koga Miyata).

I didn't want to diss TM's work, far from it. BUT, as this forum is quite an international one (even if based in the USofA) I think it would have been better
to just state in the title: 'TM's 2010 list of US made touring bikes' or something like that.

However, I'll just shut up and have no comments anymore.
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Supersport,
like I said, just in the Netherlands there are a dozen manufacturers, and we're just a small country, I imagine France having loads...
the UK must have dozens as well, thorn, dawes etc.
What about Asian countries? New Zealand, Australia, Africa?

It would also mean that just the Dutch section would be as large as the USA section (my manufacturer (Snel) has 5 models in 28" and 2 in 26", and it's not a big one, like Koga Miyata).

I didn't want to diss TM's work, far from it. BUT, as this forum is quite an international one (even if based in the USofA) I think it would have been better
to just state in the title: 'TM's 2010 list of US made touring bikes' or something like that.

However, I'll just shut up and have no comments anymore.
I'd like it very much if you could share information on Dutch bikes. I've lived in Europe (Italy) and I'm aware there are lots of makes and manufacturers of bikes we don't hear about in the US. Perhaps starting another Google Docs spreadsheet for Dutch bikes and posting a link here would let others help you fill it in. Spreadsheets for French and German bikes too.

One of my favorites:
http://www.tout-terrain.de/2/product.../silkroad.html
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Awesome and useful reference. I love the gear ratio comparisons! Thanks for compiling all the info and sharing it!
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Mercian - King of Mercia.
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For this spreadsheet - the lower the rank the better the value?

Why does the ranking start at 29?
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Don't put too much stock into the ranking. It's just the OP's opinion based on his preferences. View this list simply as an assembly of many of this forum's preferred touring bikes. It starts at 29 because that's how many cats the OP owns.
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Old 07-30-10, 01:04 AM   #25
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So yeah I haven't been on in quite a while and I actually have a revised list that I never posted, it was quite overwhelming. Ill have to see if i can update here. I recognize that there are other countries with other bicycle manufacturers, to be fair many of these manufactures websites aren't very informative, or aren't in English. However I'll make a better effort. I have some plans for my next list be assured.
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