We’re touring bike specialists, and the LHT is a specialist touring bike, designed with loaded travel in mind.
Over the years our Long Haul Trucker touring frame and complete bike has developed a devoted following. People understand and appreciate the LHT’s dependability and everyday riding comfort, whether they’re cruising to the store or lost in the middle of nowhere.
The Long Haul Trucker was designed in all aspects to go the distance in relative comfort, and to be able to haul a bunch of stuff. Its low bottom bracket and long chainstays provide comfort and stability. It’s got ample tire clearance for larger tires (larger tires soak up a lot of road static) with room for fenders. The frame’s tubing is thicker-walled and larger-diameter than standard road and sport-touring frames, and this pre-tunes it for the weight of cargo. And it’s got all the braze-ons, from rack mounts to water bottle cage bosses to spare spoke holders. Like all Surly frames, it’s made of CroMoly steel. You’ll probably never need to have the frame repaired, but if you do you’re more likely to find someone who can weld steel than someone who can weld titanium or aluminum. Repair carbon fiber in the middle of Mongolia? Good luck with that.
For the completes we chose components that balance technical ability, durability, and value. This is stuff that works well on a fully loaded tourer, will last you a while, and won’t shoot holes in your wallet. Add whatever else you need, like racks and fenders. The standard Long Haul Trucker is compatible with good ol’ rim brakes. It’s available as a frameset and as a complete bike, with 26 ̋ wheels in 42–62cm frame sizes, and with 700c wheels in 56–64cm. The fork has two sets of eyelets on the dropouts as well as at proper mid-blade height, and bosses built into the side of the crown. All this makes the fork compatible with most types of racks, and provides options how you can mount racks and carry your stuff.
Go somewhere. Do something. Ride a Long Haul Trucker.
Complete Bike From Surly – $1800 - Complete Spec Details on the Surly Website. We can also modify the stock LHT build with your choice of components – not as expensive as a full custom build, but often as good. Have a look at Jordan’s Trucker.
Also a great post on why LHTs are awesome http://joecruz.wordpress.com/2010/01/01/surly-long-haul-trucker/
Disc Trucker Complete Bike From Surly $2100, Frame $800 – Super Dark Green only - The same Trucker you’ve always known and loved, now with added disc brake goodness. Surly’s expedition touring frame. Full specs and info from Surly.
Custom Build – From around $3000 – Using the Trucker frame and fork, we can build you the last touring bike you’d ever need to buy. There’s a lot of options. We tend to favour simple durable components. The Trucker makes an excellent platform for the Rohloff Speedhub combined with a Schmidt Dynamo – Photo Gallery.
Cool Trucker Links
- Surly Long Haul Trucker & Cross-Check Owners Group – Google Discussion Group for Surly Owners.