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Old 03-11-12, 09:18 PM   #1
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Frame and component advice

I am looking topurchas two touring bikes in a 62 and 54 size.

I am looking for frames and to build my own with mb components (I think)

Anyway, what I know is that I will not be carrying more than 25 lbs of gear

I know this from doing years of long distance backpacking and never having mak weigh more than 30 lbs even on a 5 day stretch.

I specifically want a steel frame and the ability to use disc brakes, and I want to stay in the lower ranges of price.

Is a surly lht the best choice?
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Yes.
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The Salsa Vaya also comes with disk brakes.
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mtn bike as in 26" or 700c wheels or wanting to be able to use fat tires, intended surfaces? Is the 54cm person riding with less than 30lbs?
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mtn bike as in 26" or 700c wheels or wanting to be able to use fat tires, intended surfaces? Is the 54cm person riding with less than 30lbs?
Would prefer 700c wheels, what I meant by mountain biking was probably using deore components...not very well versed on components, but don't think a standard triple crank with say a 11-28 cassette would be enough on the low end? But really don't know on the gearing, and yes she only goes less than 30 lbs as well.
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...assuming that you want road-bike drop-bars, the disc brake LHT is ideal. If you want flat bars, the Surly Troll or other bikes should be studied.
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My buddy has the LHT and I have the Vaya. I have put in miles on both. They are two of the best bikes on the market, but I chose the Vaya. I thought it had a more of a stable mountain bike feel. I also really like the disk brakes and I think it handles very well loaded down. You really couldn't go wrong with either.

As a side note, a Troll with 26" tires and trekking bars would be amazing.
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