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Old 12-20-05, 05:28 PM
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LHT weight considerations ?

Was wondering if anyone has some information concerning the combined weight of frame/fork
of the LHT and how it compares with other more exspensive loaded touring frames such as
a Waterford, Bruce Gordon, Atlantis etc. I am not a weight weenie, and I do not think the frame weight
is all that important when comparing two bikes loaded out. However, I am curious on you thoughts.
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I do not have the weight specs, but I would guess that the weight is close, with the custom bike being a bit lighter.

As far a quality of contruction however, the difference is as big as the price varience. I currently own a LHT and it is a good bike. However, I used to own an Atlantis and the two bikes do not compare in quality. For a sub $400 frame the LHT is hard to beat. For a $1400 frame the same is true about the Atlantis. Is the Atlantis $1000 dollars better than the LHT?, that is a question that can only be answered after many, many miles and many many years of riding.

From what I have seen from the Waterfords and Bruce Gordon bikes, they too are worthy of their higher prices.
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Originally Posted by metal_cowboy
I do not have the weight specs, but I would guess that the weight is close, with the custom bike being a bit lighter.

As far a quality of contruction however, the difference is as big as the price varience. I currently own a LHT and it is a good bike. However, I used to own an Atlantis and the two bikes do not compare in quality. For a sub $400 frame the LHT is hard to beat. For a $1400 frame the same is true about the Atlantis. Is the Atlantis $1000 dollars better than the LHT?, that is a question that can only be answered after many, many miles and many many years of riding.

From what I have seen from the Waterfords and Bruce Gordon bikes, they too are worthy of their higher prices.
I think the Atlantis is a nice frame at $900. At $1400, no way. The Atlantis is =easy= to beat at that price. You can get a nice custom frame at that price.
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I've riden a lot of bikes over the years. I haven't really seen price stand up that well. I sometimes am really impressed with a particular bike, and then when I ride it, it doesn't stand up. Probably there are some personal taste issues here, but I also think part of it is the harmony within a particular series of materials components and dimensions. That is what I got when I bought my Urbane touring frame. I'm still hoping for some kind of excuse to buy a bunch of other bikes. But it is a tough case to make. I could use a few more CM in the top tube length, and only a custom will get me that.

Oops, on the weight issue, there are only a few areas where the weigh needs to be different. Tubing is an obvious one, though whether the light stock is an advantage on this grade of bike I can't say. Also the Surly uses some touches like the heavier head tube that aren't typical on classic touring bikes. I could see 1.5 pounds?
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