Help needed; I have been bitten and itís starting to itch. I want to at least start ordering parts for the build of a modern loaded tourer. While Iíve been restoring and riding mostly lugged steel road bikes for some time, itís only been recently the touring bike bug has really bitten.
Iíve been following these posts trying to glean what the most appropriate components would be. I think Iíve come up with a list of the usual suspects, but there are some blanks in my list so I was hoping to sponge some of your experience and expertise to help fill in the blanks.
Nothing has been purchased yet and Iím limited to only those manufacturers that I can get a deal on through the shop.
Hereís the list Iíve been working on so far:
Frame- Soma Saga (Canít get a deal on LHT right now or it would be in the mix)
Rims- Mavic A719 or Velocity Dyad 36H
Cassette- Deore something, 9spd (Low range, not sure which yet)
FD- Not sure it matters that much, maybe a 105 or SLX or lower.
Headset- Cane Creek S3
Bars- Want drop bars, Nitto Randos seem to be the big hit.
Saddle- Not that important right now, but am thinking about finally trying a B-17
Tires- Vittoria Randonneur 700x35c
Shifters- Barcons, probably Shimano DA
Crankset- Kinda open on this one, am thinking an MTB would be more appropriate for my purposes, maybe an SLX although Sugino DX600 is appealing.
Brakes- Not sure yet, Paulís seem to be the best canti choice but Iím open to suggestions.
BB- Depends on the crank.
Unless Iíve left something important out, the rest Iíll deal with later.
Thanks in advance!