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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
    Last edited by Tentacle Master; 07-30-10 at 07:25 AM.
    Some of my 50 Bikes: 1992 Trek Multitrack 700 (Primary) --- 2009 Jamis Aurora Elite --- 2008 Jamis Aurora --- 2007 Jamis Cross Country 2.0 --- 2006 Cannondale R600 --- 1980's Fuji "Redlof" folding bike --- Custom Origin8 Del Pessado Fixie
    Looking for a Touring Bike? Compare all the 2011 models with my excel sheet DOWNLOAD EXCEL SHEET .XLS HERE

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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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    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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    Two more would be the Bilenky Midlands and Tourlite.
    None.

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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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    ^ 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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    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by lethoso View Post
    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.
    Last edited by Bubu; 03-15-10 at 09:40 AM.

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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...
    have a nice day,
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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.
    have a nice day,
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    Quote Originally Posted by jurjan View Post
    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.
    j/k
    Quote Originally Posted by Tentacle Master View Post
    These current rankings (except the price and gear difference columns) are my own opinion so please feel free to use your own. If you think how I judge touring bikes is stupid I don't want to hear it and neither does anyone else.

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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.
    Some of my 50 Bikes: 1992 Trek Multitrack 700 (Primary) --- 2009 Jamis Aurora Elite --- 2008 Jamis Aurora --- 2007 Jamis Cross Country 2.0 --- 2006 Cannondale R600 --- 1980's Fuji "Redlof" folding bike --- Custom Origin8 Del Pessado Fixie
    Looking for a Touring Bike? Compare all the 2011 models with my excel sheet DOWNLOAD EXCEL SHEET .XLS HERE

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