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Old 05-26-08, 11:31 PM   #1
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help speccing LHT for silk road?

Hi all, I am planning on riding Istanbul>Xian next summer. Ive been told to do this on a mountain bike, but am leaning towards a LHT with 26" wheels ( the 54cm ). I figure the main advantage of a mountain bike is the 26" wheels, and I like the geometry of the LHT more than any MTB ive ridden. I also am planning on having custom wheels built up, maybe even phil wood hubs. can anyone give me advice on wheelset/frameset choices? Is 48 spokes too many? Im sure they would be bomber on tour, but if I sunk the cash into a phil wood hubset, Im not sure I would want to ride around town and such with 48 spokes. basically Im thinking the LHT with Phil Wood 36h laced to rims to be determined. Also probably a Tubus rear and a surly nice or jandd extreme front rack. I also have no idea what drivetrain to use. I have a shimano105 front triple x deore lx rear right now, is that going to be suitable for the silk road? what about sram? I am on a budget, but I volunteer in a bike kitchen so I can order a lot of components cheap. Any other suggestions? feel free to nitpick/comment/heckle any of the aspects of my build, I love advice!
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I'd recommend a schmidt dynamo hub for the front. For a trip that long I would definitely want reliable lighting in case you get stuck out at night on an adventure.

I like tubus racks and ortlieb panniers.

36 spokes are fine for me, but I weigh 140.
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The main advantage of a mountian bike isn't the fact that it has 26" wheels. it is the frame geometry, the gearing that it is likely to have, the tire clearance, and the stronger frame construction. the lht certainly isn't a mountain bike. i've taken mine mountain biking a handful of times, and it barely has room for 26x2.1 nobbies. ie. no mud clearance. i can post pictures if you'd like.
i'd suggest reading the crazyguyonabike journals. the silk road is a huge undertaking, good luck.
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