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If you're looking for American made, why not Surly or Soma?Because they aren't American made either. Surly is a house brand of QBP and their frames are all made in Taiwan. Soma's own web site says their frames are made in Taiwan.
It is fine to put a 130 mm axle hub into a steel bicycle with 126 mm spacing. Do not do this with an aluminum frame such as the Cannondale the OP is talking about buying. This will lead to a cracked frame.Interesting posting. Too bad it's not correct. using a 130 mm hub in a 126 mm spaced aluminum frame is done all the time with no problems or harm. You don't want to "cold set" (i.e. permanently bend) an aluminum frame to widen the dropouts but force fitting a 130 mm hub into a 126 mm frame is not damaging.
just bought my self the surly disk trucker planning a trip well my first tour ever it will be epic the surlys are heavy if u dont mind weight then surly is your bikeTouring bikes in general are heavy. They are designed for stability and luggage carrying capacity, not speed.
i am neither trying to lose nor gain weight im trying to hold an average weight at about 170 175 lbs thanks for the replySorry if my reply sounded dismissive but the questions were puzzling. If you do want to maintain your current weight you will have to consume about as many calories as you burn. That means you will have to eat more on a tour than on a sedentary day but if you overdo it you will gain weight despite the extra activity. It's a pretty straight forward energy balance.
They do roll nicely. I think one issue is faster wear of the tires. Not something you want on a long tour......(Don't know if you can put a normal clincher on a tubeless rim.)At this point in their development road tubeless tires are intended for the racing/performance crowd so light weight, not durability, is the aim. It will be awhile before touring tubeless tires are being sold. And yes, regular tubed clincher tires can be used on tubeless rims but you have to remove the fixed valve stem.
Or are things like the reliability of carbon/brifters only going to give me problems on a long haul?Neither carbon or brifters are particularly fragile or trouble prone unless they are abused. The potential "problems" with your bike aren't the material of construction or your choice of shifters, they are the gearing and luggage capacity. If you find them adequate, the rest is fine.
Incorrecto. 26" wheels available up to 62 cm...From Surly's website...The standard Long Haul Trucker is compatible with good ol’ rim brakes, and 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.Good catch, I didn't see the larger LHT's are available with 26" wheels. That said, I see no advantage to them for anyone who is not short enough to need the lower stand-over height they provide.
. I rode the 60cm Long Haul and it felt awesome. I loved riding it and thought from a fit perspective that it was great.You answered your own question right there. It won't be any bigger or fit any different once it's loaded. BTW, the 26" wheel LHT are limited to the smaller frame sizes and a 60 cm isn't one of them.
Bivvy.Also claustrophobic as all get out. The joy of light weight goes away fast the first time you have two days of non-stop rain.
Not free-standing, it just lies there.
No room for your stuff, just you.
Maybe add a sil-nylon tarp to the kit for extended canopy and to cover the gear you're not going to get into your bivvy.
. I broke an aluminum rack in a recent crash.I's hardly say that's an argument against aluminum racks. A crash can and will break any rack.