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Old 04-08-16, 10:37 AM
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Best stock touring bike for your $$$

Am kind of looking for a touring bike, not sure what to look after.
But the Salsa Marrakesh has to be one of the best for your $$
MARRAKESH DEORE DROP BAR | Bikes | Salsa Cycles
Also looked at KONA BIKES | 2016 BIKES | SUTRA | Sutra
And a what about the https://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us...1/22192/84012/

Witch bike wood YOU recommand to a biketouring neewbee

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Originally Posted by lt stonez
am kind of looking for a touring bike, not sure what to look after.
But the salsa marrakesh has to be one of the best for your $$
marrakesh deore drop bar | bikes | salsa cycles
also looked at kona bikes | 2016 bikes | sutra | sutra
and a what about the https://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us...1/22192/84012/

witch bike wood you recommand to a biketouring neewbee

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Check out Co-motion, It's probably out of your range right now. But just so you you know what's out there.
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Way to separate yourself from the pack, alan.

But he's right. I don't know the price comparison, but there are a lot of happy, Long Haul Trucker owners. I've been one as well. I didn't go with the complete build, but I think it's pretty capable as a complete bike. Add some racks and go.
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Originally Posted by Rob_E
Way to separate yourself from the pack, alan.

But he's right. I don't know the price comparison, but there are a lot of happy, Long Haul Trucker owners. I've been one as well. I didn't go with the complete build, but I think it's pretty capable as a complete bike. Add some racks and go.
Went way out on a limb there.
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I have a Soma Saga, which is an excellent value. It is available with canti or disc brakes, and fully built or frame/fork only. I bought mine as a frame/fork with the canti brakes and had it built up with parts from another bike.

I would encourage to make your choice based on fit and geometry as the top priority. The Long Haul Trucker that is so often recommended was not a good fit for me as it has very short head tubes and long top tubes, the opposite of what I was seeking. The Saga costs about the same as the LHT but has a geometry more appropriate if you like a higher handlebar. Here are some photos of my Saga.
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LHT from my research.
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The best deal has to be the fuji touring.
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Originally Posted by Squeezebox
Check out Co-motion, It's probably out of your range right now. But just so you you know what's out there.
Knowledge is power!!
I respectfully disagree with this recommendation; not because Co-Motion bikes are not great bikes, but because an inexperienced touring cyclist should gain some experience and determine their needs before buying a high end touring bike. My wife rides a Co-Motion, and they are excellent bikes.

I have not ridden a Marrakesh, but was looking one over pretty closely at a shop this week. It was set up nicely, as is the Kona. The choices should be narrowed, depending on what type of bars you prefer.

Fit is critical for a touring bike. If you can test ride the bikes you are considering it should narrow your choices.
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Surly Long Haul Trucker or Disc Trucker.

I would also agree with @Doug64 CoMo makes a great bike and I wish everyone could have one as they are well made and look real nice but it is good to know what you are doing first and what you want. I got a DT first and figured out what I liked and didn't like and then stepped up a bit to the Cascadia from CoMo. You could certainly go all in but it would suck to go all in on a bike that isn't going to quite work for you so figure your style out first and then go all in.

Fit is certainly a big one as well, if the bike isn't going to fit no matter how little it costs it isn't a good deal.
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Here in Aussie the consensus is the best bang for buck is the Vivente World Randonneur, being much better specced for your money than anything else.
Its not what I own, but on local forums it gets a hell of a lot of praise.
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[QUOTE=tarwheel;18675034]I have a Soma Saga, which is an excellent value. It is available with canti or disc brakes, and fully built or frame/fork only. I bought mine as a frame/fork with the canti brakes and had it built up with parts from another bike.

+1 on the Saga. I purchased mine as a frameset only as well, built it up and have upgraded it over time. The Saga is similar to an LHT but with a slightly sloping top tube. I considered an LHT, which I believe you cannot go wrong with, but I settled on the Saga after reading reviews and this bike forum. I also considered the Velo Orange Campeur but thought it was too similar to a bike I already possessed. I have taken my Saga on three +700 mile self supported trips and several shorter ones and am overall very satisfied with it. It is dependable and very stable under load.

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You have been starting "I am thinking about getting a bike for touring and taking some trips" threads since at least 2014. What's the deal? And what happened to the 920 you fell in love with?:

https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/10...eady-sale.html

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Originally Posted by bikemig
The best deal has to be the fuji touring.
I would tend to agree when it comes to best bang for your buck. LHT, Saga, Novara Randonee, etc all very nice and reasonable tourers but at least 300 dollars more.
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We picked up a Windsor Tourist from BikesDirect for my son a couple of years ago; as a family that also has an LHT and a Raleigh Sojourn in the stable, when it comes to price/parts, it honestly wins. The frame is great, the wheels have never needed truing over thousands of occasionally harsh miles, and the component selection was better than the LHT, and for $400 less. ( At the time--not sure what either bike is sporting these days. )
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Originally Posted by Lt Stonez
Witch bike wood YOU recommand to a biketouring neewbee

The Kona is nice looking and seems well spec'd.
The Salsa is really cool, but that specialized fit rack is a deal breaker for me. Its not like I am going to go on some solo journey across the hinterlands and would be screwed if the rack broke, I simply dont like bikes that require a specific specialized component to work and are worthless without that component.
The Giant is interesting. Havent seen it before and have no idea about the SRAM components, but it certainly appears to be beefy. 2" tires would be overkill for me.


If I were to buy a touring bike new, the best for my money would be a new Novara Randonee. The drivetrain, gearing, wheels, and frame are exactly what I would want. Doesnt have disc, but I havent cared about that yet so it wouldnt be an issue for me.

If I were to build up a frame, I would try for a Soma Saga as Ive been curious about their frames for years now.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz


You have been starting "I am thinking about getting a bike for touring and taking some trips" threads since at least 2014. What's the deal? And what happened to the 920 you fell in love with?:

https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/10...eady-sale.html
Sometimes things just dont goes as you plan. I lost my job and couldent afford a new bike! OK? But hey, I now got a new job. Is it now ok that i start a new thread? Geezees
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Originally Posted by Lt Stonez
Sometimes things just dont goes as you plan. I lost my job and couldent afford a new bike! OK? But hey, I now got a new job. Is it now ok that i start a new thread? Geezees
Do you no longer love the Trek?
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Originally Posted by tarwheel
I have a Soma Saga, which is an excellent value. It is available with canti or disc brakes, and fully built or frame/fork only. I bought mine as a frame/fork with the canti brakes and had it built up with parts from another bike.

I would encourage to make your choice based on fit and geometry as the top priority. The Long Haul Trucker that is so often recommended was not a good fit for me as it has very short head tubes and long top tubes, the opposite of what I was seeking. The Saga costs about the same as the LHT but has a geometry more appropriate if you like a higher handlebar. Here are some photos of my Saga.
a fella could not go wrong with that bike it's class,didn't know u could buy frame and fork. wonder do they sell them this side of the pond Ireland.
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I just dont think Trek 920 is the bike who gives you most for your buck. And another thing, you learn reading at forums like this for a year. So, no, the Trek is not longer my favorit. Am healing at the Marrakesh but its pretty hard to find one in Skandinavia.
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You're in Norway? Sweet!
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Talk about ready to tour right out of the box! I'll take one, please! Looks like you can get whatever fancy drivetrain ya want!
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Lt Stonez, The Fuji Touring, if available in Europe is an excellent value. The Trek 520 is a good bike and I would shop some of Europe's larger internet stores as there are some really nice touring bikes available in Europe only.

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Originally Posted by bradtx
Lt Stonez, The Fuji Touring, if available in Europe is an excellent value. The Trek 520 is a good bike and I would shop some of Europe's larger internet stores as there are some really nice touring bikes available in Europe only.

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Thanks Brad.
Well, one problem is that you aint able to test ride the bikes that way. And I think its to risky to order one without a test ride. But its possible ill take a trip to London this spring/summer and spend a day looking and trying some og the bike I cant test here in Norway. Its a fotball, pub and shopping trip for 2-3 days.
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