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Stock 2013 Surly LHT/Disc Trucker vs. Trek 520: Which one is better equipped?

Old 11-11-12, 05:48 AM
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Originally Posted by BRAZUCA View Post
I agree with you guys, there is not a lot out there, but looking at reviews from a few years back, the components were indeed better at the same price level, so for sure, Surley is increasing its profit margin or getting some money back now that the product has a name. Probably the components are indeed really appropriate for the job and no, I could not find another similar equipped bike (new) at a better price. So my list in the order of preference:

1- Surly Disc Trucker $1,375
2- Surly LHT $1,275
3- Trek 520 $1,375
4- ...Nope, nada, nicht (Either very nice but too expensive or similar priced and lower quality or not really proved)

Thanks, your comments are really helping me.
There are plenty of other good bikes out there. Personally, I was in the similar situation of local riding, commuting and light touring. I rode a ton of bikes. I rode bikes from the LBS, I rode friend's bikes, etc. For me, the bottom line in choosing a bike is how it feels. Components are usually all similar from all the bikes in the same price range.

I went with the Salsa Vaya and to be honest, I am glad I did. I have never ridden a more comfortable bike in my life. All my friends who ride it are amazed with how the bike feels and handles (even fully loaded). In addition to being comfortable, it has disk brakes and it will run 700X42 tires if you want. I ordered my frame and built the bike up the way I wanted. I'm in Ohio, so I just made it my project to get me through the winter! LOL....

Anyway, good luck with your choice!
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Update #5: Yes!! The Trucker is mine!! Here are some quick pictures taken with a phone camera, I drove 50 miles ea. way to pick it up, the previous owner had the original receipt with the date of purchase Aug. 30 2012, the manual and bag with bolts, it also came with the rear rack and to my surprise the fenders that were taken off after his tour. According to the seller it was only a 900 miles tour. Price paid: $850. I'll clean it, remove the rack for now and post nicer pictures outside with a sunny day as soon as weather allowing and timing restrictions, nice weekend in Indiana but tomorrow it will get cold again with rain tonight, not sure when I'll be able to ride my black LHT, hopefully soon.

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Very Nice! Now it's time to update your signature.
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Originally Posted by kaliayev View Post
You say a lot of funny things, but this nearly made me piss myself. Riding a LHT is like pushing a pig.
I think of it as more like driving a Greyhound bus, having never pushed a pig I'd think pushing a loaded wheelbarrow with flat tire is like pushing a pig. LHT with properly inflated tires rolls fine.
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