Surly Long Haul Trucker

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Surly Long Haul Trucker

Postby durx » Sun Jun 28, 2009 10:09 pm

Name of product
Surly Long Haul Trucker http://www.surlybikes.com/lht_comp.html

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Where bought and price
Bikeforce South Perth - a$2200 inc upgrades

Upgrades are as follows

1. Brooks B-17 Saddle http://www.brookssaddles.com

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2. SKS Chromo plastics mudguards http://www.sks-germany.com/sks.php?l=en&a=product&i=6409800121


3. Planet Bike Light Set http://ecom1.planetbike.com/3047.html


4. Topeak Rack http://www.topeak.com/products/Racks/SuperTouristDXTubularRack


How it is used
I shall use the bike as an alternative to using the car for many things such as grocery shopping and carrying bigger loads than I am capable of carrying on my roadbike. I also plan on doing lots of weekend tours during the months that we have better weather. It will also come in handy for commuting when I need to carry lots of extra things

Description
From the Surly website
If you want to carry a lot of stuff while riding your bike long distances, you’d be hard pressed to find a better bike than the Long Haul Trucker. It starts with the frame, whose tubing and geometry were specifically designed for loaded travel. We added braze-ons for everything you’re likely to need. We gave it parts that are durable and long lasting. This bike has been among our most popular models because it’s a good value and a great riding bike. Oh, and it handles short distances too. Read more about it on the Long Haul Trucker Frame page.


Positives
+ good things about the product
Awesome quality of build
Total Comfort for a bike
So many extra braze-ons for bottles, spokes etc
Huge Carrying capacity

Negatives
- bad things about the product
Price, mainly due to the poor US exchange rate
Heavy

Additional notes
Having only ridden a few K's on the bike I look forward to adding more to the review as I ride more distance

Reccomendation
The saddle really requires changing as its such a poor saddle
I always think that mudguards on a bike such as this is important


OVERALL SCORES

Quality Image9

Performance Image9

Value for money Image7
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