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  1. #1
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    Help me make a choice here - a pretty easy one I think

    I'm looking at getting a replacement tourer. I had used a Surly Cross Check - and based off what I learned before that one was wrecked (car hit us) - I think I want a Surly LHT. However, a semi local shop can sell me a Trek 520 for what I'd pay for the LHT. The only wrinkle in everything is the fact that I'd probably ride a 54 LHT (I had a 52 cross check - and it felt small - the shop I bought from 'race fit' me I found later).

    I guess I have a slightly unusual build. I have a 29inch inseam - yet I'm 5'11" - short legs long torso.

    So since I'd ride a 54 - I have the 26" wheel issue. I've tried to read up on it - and it doesn't seem to be that big of a deal. I do enjoy weekly group rides with a 'semi quick' group of guys though. I was already the 'oddball' with a steel frame and brooks saddle on my cross bike. However, I never had any problem being one of the faster members of the group. We do 40-60 mile rides with 18-20mph averages.

    So my choices are:
    Surly Cross Check - just get a bigger one this time (would have to spend money to upgrade rear cassette for hill country - and putting road slicks on instead of the cross tires)
    Surly LHT - (I like the gearing better, I would have to spend money to add range on the cross check as I did before).
    Trek 520 - seems to be a sweet bike - but I would have to order sight unseen, and I know nothing about the bike's reputation.

    All three of the bikes would be with $100 dollars of each other, with the trek topping out the local prices.
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    The 520 is a well made bike. So fit is your most important consideration. You seem to have found out that the secret to going fast lies in the engine.

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    I think the 26" wheel issue isn't that big of a deal, but I also think that if you want 700 wheels, that's what you should have. From what I've heard, the 520 is an excellent tourer. I have an LHT and can attest that it's also an excellent tourer. I won't try and say which is the best choice, but I think neither is a bad choice.

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