Northern Tier 2010

June 10, 2010

The Bike

Filed under: Gear — Tags: — Henry Scott @ 11:54 am

Despite already having a few good bikes, I decided to build up a dedicated touring bike for this trip. I initially planned on buying a “complete” Surly Long Haul Trucker, but ended up getting just the frameset because I prefer linear-pull brakes (“V-brakes”), wanted to use a front wheel built around a hub dynamo, and I wanted last year’s frame color: truckaccino. Special thanks to Pete Colan and the Spin Zone crew for lots of advice and getting me set up with the frame and many of the parts. I’ve also had some great help from several folks at Outpost Sports and Scott Kelsey from the Avenue Bicycle Station.

See below for component details.

2009 Surly Long Haul Trucker, size 60 cm, 700c wheels, in truckaccino

36 hole Velocity Dyad rims, front and rear
DT Swiss double-butted spokes (14/15)
Shimano XT (M770) rear hub, non-disc
Shimano DH-3N72 front hub (dynamo)
Schwalbe Marathon Supreme tires (700×35)


Gear Chart (in Gear Inches) from

Shimano XT rear derailleur
Shimano Tiagra front derailleur
Shimano 9-speed bar end shifters
Andel crankset, 175 mm arms (48-36-26t)
Shimano UN54 bottom bracket (68-113mm)
SRAM PG980 cassette (11-13-15-17-20-23-26-30-34t)
SRAM PC-971 Chain

Tektro RL520 brake levers (linear-pull brake specific)
Avid Single Digit 5 linear-pull brakes

Other Components:
Salsa Shaft seatpost (27.2 x 350mm)
Salsa Moto Ace Bell Lap handlebars (26.0 mm clamp, 44 cm width)
Salsa MotoAce SUL stem (26.0 mm clamp, 110mm length, 115° rise)
Ritchey Logic headset (1 1/8″)
Brooks B17 saddle
Shimano A530 pedals
Serfas Velvet bar tape

Tubus Cargo rear rack
Tubus Tara front rack
Ortlieb handlebar bag bracket

Lights and Power Output:
Busch & Müller Lumotec IQ Cyo R N Plus front light
Busch & Müller Toplight Line plus rear light
Busch & Müller E-Werk dynamo power converter

Odds and Ends:
SKS P45 fenders w/ SKS mud flaps (hard to find!)
Sigma BC506 Cyclometer
3 5mm Bontrager water bottle cages

Total weight for all of the above: 33 pounds.


1 Comment »

  1. Great bike! I’m considering building a similar lht. Would you mind telling the rough cost of your build?

    Comment by Matt — October 9, 2010 @ 1:52 pm

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