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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
The wheelbase is 45 mm or more shorter than an LHT/Cannondale/Masi. The chainstays are 17mm or more shorter.
Wheelbase differences between the two (Aurora and LHT) for the smallest and largest is 24.6 mm and 34.3 mm. The same numbers for the Aurora and the Cannondale is 39 mm and 26 mm (I used the large, not the peculiarly long "jumbo", Cannondale).

Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
The chainstays are 17mm or more shorter.
There is a 20mm difference in chainstay length between the Aurora and LHT and 17 mm between the Aurora and Cannondale.

http://www.surlybikes.com/longhaul.html
http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/09/cusa/model-8TR2.html
http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/thebik...urora_geo.html

Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
The geometry of the Aurora is more like a cross bike then a touring bike.
Maybe, more like an Audax/Randonee or sport tourer. People use cross bikes for touring (and like them for that) too. People use the Aurora for touring and I haven't heard anybody say it doesn't work for that.

The only thing about the Aurora that might be an issue is the wheelbase/chainstay length.

Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
Cost wise, the Aurora isn't much cheaper than an LHT and is only around $150 less than the Masi or Cannondale. Why settle for something that is 'okay' when you can get something that is outstanding for the same price?
He can get the Aurora for $800 (and the LHT at his LBS for $1250). Thus, it's not $150 or the same price. The only possible significant disadvantage of the Aurora is the wheelbase.

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