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Old 11-21-11, 02:19 PM
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Info requested on Surly LHT vs. Marin Four Corners

Looking for some info comparing these two. I have visited several local bike shops in Chicago and have done a lot of online searching. I am planning on several long distance rides (3000 miles+) over the next few years and would like a bike to last. Heres the summary of what I know so far for comparison:

1. LHT is tried and true. I found it for $1350
2. Four Corners: newer bike which is less tested. I found it for $700. Disc brake compatible. I will be doing mountain riding and was advised disc brakes might be worth it.

It seems like the components are similar, but that the LHT has a slightly longer chain stay. I am wondering if I could get a better bike than even the LHT by getting the $700 Marin and using the $650 I would be saving to buy upgrades?

I am 6'2 and 150 pounds. I do extensive ultralight backpacking and probably would not have a lot of gear with me outside what I need for the bike.

Thanks for any and all info!
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Old 11-21-11, 04:04 PM
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Not at all familiar with the Marin bike but it looks great at such a discount. On the Marin website it's listed at $999.
Given your light weight and intention to tour with a light load I'd pick it if you liked how it rode.

I wouldn't pick it with the idea of putting $600 into changing components but getting accessories/gear.

The longer rear stay seems to be important if you intend on carrying most of your weight back there in big panniers. If you are carrying a light load, one set of panniers and a rack load, I'd put small panniers on the front wheel low riders and the rest on the top of the rear rack, or consider even smaller rear panniers like these with a med. stuff sack sized load on a small front rack:

http://www.jandd.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=FSBP
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I found this review at roadbikereview.com:

"I rented a Four Corners from Blue Heron Bicycles in Eugene OR for a week-long tour along the Oregon coast. The bike is solid, finish is good, the bike handled a load well, stable on the downhills, [COLOR=blue !important][COLOR=blue !important]brakes[/COLOR][/COLOR] have plenty of stopping power, shifts smoothly. Compares well to the Bruce Gordon BLT I've ridden for several years. The one quibble is that the gearing is not as low as I'd like. Full loaded touring in the [COLOR=blue !important][COLOR=blue !important]mountains[/COLOR][/COLOR] would be more of a challenge than an old guy like me is looking for."

http://www.roadbikereview.com/cat/la...9_5675crx.aspx
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I have the LHT, but given the components of the Four Corners for $700 that seems like a best buy. Both frames appear to be similar. Looks like a great find for you! Personally I see no need to upgrade the Four Corners from the components listed on Marin's site. One difference is 26" vs 700c wheels, but if you prefer 700c, again, the Marin seems like a great buy.
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LHT vs. Four Corners

Wow- I am really appreciating all this advice. Sounds like its a great deal and no need to upgrade, assuming I like how it rides. Doesnt seem like the LHT is worth the additional 650. I will be headed to the store in the morning as soon as it opens to test drive both the LHT and the four corners. If there is any more information floating out there I would appreciate it! The beta so far has been great!
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That's a fantastic price for that bike, the derailers are a bit lower than the LHT's but they should work just fine. I'd save the $600 and buy a set of quality panniers/bags, the Marin looks like it would work just fine.

(This is coming from a LHT owner, fyi)
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