ITS BACK!!! AND BETTER THAN EVER!!! AGAIN!!!
version 1.1 (frames page under constriction)
version 1.2 Fixed Salsa Vaya, added Thorn bikes to Custom section
Download: 2011 List .xls excel sheet from Rapidshare
changes from 2010 list:
Bikes with a high scores are better than those with lower scores
Add sliders to dynamically change your "importances and preferences" for your ideal touring bike.
Since my 2010 and 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 touring bikes (and other bikes requested to be added by the community) are those specifically labeled as touring bikes by their respective makers, or labeled as acceptable touring alternatives by the touring community. Yes, it's true you can tour on any type of bike, but for those who wish to purchase a new bicycle for the purposes of touring I recommend, well a touring bike.
Using this sheet, preferences and importances
Using sliders above certain columns you can adjust the importance and preferences of various aspect of the bicycle. What does this mean you say? Using these sliders you can specifiy how important a component is (importance's) and what your preference of the level of technology you want (preferences). Importance's adjust the weight of that component weighing in on your final score for each bike for example a better rear derailleur may be more important to you than a front derailleur, so those bikes with better rear derailleurs will score higher. While preferences help pre-weigh certain components like brakes for example since comparing disc brakes to cantis is unfair, you can specify if you'd prefer cantilevers over disc brakes or visa-versa.
Bike scores are now percentages of what you're looking for. It's not perfect but you can get the general idea. There's a bike out there for everyone.
Importance's and preferences are based on a scale of 0-5 with 1 being don't like, and 5 being a must have, and 0 being "it sucks so much" don't even calculate this in.
Hopefully I've explained this well enough
Whenever 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.
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:
Bilenky Midlands Touring
Bilenky Tourlite Sport
Bruce Gordon Rock & Roll Tour
Bruce Gordon Rock & Roll Tour-EX
Devinci Caribou 1
Devinci Caribou 2
GT Peace Tour
Jamis Aurora Elite
Marinoni Turismo Extreme
Masi Speciale Randonneur
Rocky mountain Sherpa 30
Schwinn World Tour
Surly Long Haul Trucker (LHT)
Surly Cross Check
Bikes are rated/info-given on:
min/max gear ratios (alot of hard work )
wheelbase for min/max size(not for all models)
weight (not available for msot models)
Download excel xls here