I bought my Surly LHT hoping to get the comfort I longed for, and with the intention of an all purpose bike. The comfort never came and I sold my Phantom CXX, that I bought off of Bikes Direct, to help raise the funds for the LHT, and I gotta tell you, I miss my CX bike alot. I found I like pulling a trailer as opposed to loading a rig down. I also miss the performance oriented aspect of my late CX bike that the LHT does not have. I miss standing on the pedals and mashing up hills on fun rides. Who was I kidding? I thought the LHT was going to be it. I'm not mellow enough for it. And I can't find that comfort that everyone raves about on the LHT. Like the top tube is short, forcing me to be more upright than I'm confortable with.
My CX bike was the perfect touring bike and I failed to realize this! My CX bike gave the roadies, with their carbon fiber bikes, a run for their money, when I was on weekend fitness rides. Now I get passed with little effort. I knew the LHT was going to be a pig but I don't think I was ready to settle down as much as the LHT demands of me. An expensive lesson to say the least.