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Old 07-13-08, 09:05 AM
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Surly LHT owners w/ 26" wheels Any regret?

I rode the 56cm w/ 700 wheels which is too large for me which means I would end up with the 54 which begins the downsizing on this frameset to the 26" wheels.

I'm sure there must be many owners similar to my 5'10" height who made the same purchase, I would just like to hear if there were any regrets now that you've ridden the smaller rims with fewer "slim" tire choices.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-13-08, 11:36 AM
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No regrets, I much prefer the 26" wheel because of no toe-overlap (even with fenders) and better tire availability in S.America, Africa, and Asia.
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Old 07-13-08, 12:42 PM
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are you sure the 56 lht is too big for u? i'm 5'10" and use a 58! we may have different body types, but also it could be you are used to a smallish fit. i think a larger fit suits a tourer like the lht better.

frame size fitting can be a bit of a religious subject; i think you just gotta figure out what works best for u. i've transitioned from a small, racey fit to a larger, comfy fit and have been happy so far.

here's a read on it from the rivendell dudes:

http://www.rivbike.com/article/bike_...g_a_frame_size

as far as top tube clearance, things do get a little snug for me if i stand-over it with both feet flat on the ground, but I find in practice its not an issue.

if i got a 54 or below, my question would be if its hard to find thinner 26" tires. like the equivalent of a 32 or 35 on a 700c. This is the size i like to use on my lht.

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I like the 26 inchers better, tires tend to be cheaper, and although LBSes probably don't stock as many thin tires for this size, they are just as easy to find online as anything else.
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Old 07-13-08, 01:07 PM
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No regrets at all here. I'm going to put racks and fenders on mine, and build a Pacer for skinny tires and nice weather.
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Yea, I only regret not buying one sooner than I did

I've got a 52 with the 26ers, and I love the colossal toe and heel clearance. Plus, the selection for 26" skinnies is plenty fine. Even better are the choices for fat tires!

The good folks at Surly really did the right thing by using well-proportioned wheels on their smaller bikes.
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Old 07-14-08, 09:48 AM
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I love my 54cm LHT every day, rolling 26x2.0 big apples, nothing could be finer. 4500 miles on it now. I regret not getting a red one.
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Instead of searching for 26" tires, search for 650c tires. I seem to come up with more road tires and less knobbies when I search for 650c.


I'm debating whether I want to build up a 26" frame I have as a day tripper or wait and do a 700c
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Old 07-14-08, 11:21 AM
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My PBH measurement straddles the 54/56 cm sizing divide. I went with the 56 cm LHT and its 700c wheels. I'm glad I did because it fits me perfectly! The standover height is, uh, "close" but the top tube length is right for my long torso. I'm 5' 9-1/2" with 84 cm PBH.

The LHT is my first 700c bike. It would have been cheaper overall to go with the 54 cm LHT because I have lots of 26" rims and tires laying around. But I know now it wouldn't have fit as well.
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