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Old 03-15-10, 07:04 AM   #1
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Road Touring bikes with 26" wheel option, Salsa, Surly, what else?

In the market for a 4-season commuter/touring bike with a 26" wheel option.

My preface is that I am 5'5", ride/commute on a 49cm Lemond Zurich and also have a set of 26" studded tires for some winter commuting.

Are there any decent steel framed road bikes with the usual assortment of braze ons for racks and fenders that is available in the US without going through hoops other than the Surly LHT or the Salsa Vaya? I was originally dead set at buying an LHT but found out other folks are making road frames with 26" wheel rims...

Any other bikes to check out? I used to just commute on a mtb but thinking now, a road frame may be better for my needs..

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Old 03-15-10, 09:13 AM   #2
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I built a Soma Saga recently and really like it. Similar in price to the Surly. I'm about the same height as you, also ride a 49cm Lemond (a Poprad Disc) and ended up on a 50cm Soma with 26" wheels.
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Old 03-15-10, 09:22 AM   #3
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In the market for a 4-season commuter/touring bike with a 26" wheel option.

My preface is that I am 5'5", ride/commute on a 49cm Lemond Zurich and also have a set of 26" studded tires for some winter commuting.

Are there any decent steel framed road bikes with the usual assortment of braze ons for racks and fenders that is available in the US without going through hoops other than the Surly LHT or the Salsa Vaya? I was originally dead set at buying an LHT but found out other folks are making road frames with 26" wheel rims...

You might want to check out the touring bikes from Bruce Gordon Cycles.
We make all sizes of 26" touring bikes.
Check them out at -www.bgcycles.com
or http://brucegordoncycles.blogspot.com/

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Old 03-15-10, 02:10 PM   #4
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The Rivendell Atlantis, in sizes 53cm and smaller, is designed for 26" wheels, however it isn't cheap, but quality often comes with a price. Also have you considered a frame designed for 650B tires Rivendel has the Sam Hillbourne. Vo and Kogswell also have frames for 650B tire. There are pros and cons to that size, the biggest problem might be availbility of replacement tires tires or rims on tours where there are no shops with that size.
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Thorn Sherpa is a nice 26" touring frame. You have to order from the UK, but from SJS cycles the shipping isn't too bad.
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You still wouldn't go very wrong with the LHT. The Soma Saga seems quite nice too, to be frank. . It has better color, maybe better steel even but that may not mean as much as it seems at first. The ride of my LHT is superb, loaded or not.
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Thanks all, I looked at Bruce Gordons, the Rivendells, Co-Motions, etc, but my price range is more like the Soma/Surly/Salsa Vaya range... I really don't have a Soma dealership nearme, the Groove that I have I had to order the frame, sight unseen and it turned out it's really too small for me, frame was nice, not too heavy, not too light. I really would like to see if I can try to ride one,whatever I get but begining to think that is a pipe dream.

the 26" wheel option is more because I have studded tires that are 26" wheels. I'm fine with 700c bikes, toe overlap doesn't bother me, unless I'm doing donuts in a parking lot.... My 49cm Lemond has 700c wheels.

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I have a 56 cm 26 in Surly and it is a great bike. I have only loaded it with groceries and beer as of yet but it is rock steady. It has done some light singletrack without incident. I doubt you will regret getting a LHT.
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I've noticed that the Vaya has a max tire size of 1.75" in 50/52cm size for 26" tires.. How limiting is that, are most slicks/semi-slicks that you come across that size or smaller? I intend to use this as a commuter too and realize that my 1.9" Nokian Mound & Ground studded tires are 1.9" and would not fit, although to be honest, I would hate to use this in the salt in the northeast... so perhaps that is moot. My semislicks that I do use are 1.5"...

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Jay,

You may want to check out the Bruce Gordon Tawainese BLT. I think it runs 1400 as a complete build with Bruce Gordon racks. It uses 26 inches wheels in the smaller sizes.
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REI's Novarra Safari comes in 26er's.
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