The best touring bike in the world, an industry leader, reliable, comfortable, stable, adaptable. In 700c it can tackle long weeks away on those British road tours…
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 has 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 complete builds surly 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 quality 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 you with many options on how you can mount racks and carry your stuff.
Frame 4130 CroMoly steel
Fork 4130 CroMoly steel
Headset Cane Creek 40
Stem Kalloy AS-009
Bar Tape Black Cork
Saddle Velo VL1353
Front Derailleur Shimano Sora
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT
Gear Levers Microshift BS-M10 10-speed shifter
Chain KMX X10
Crankset Andel RSC6, 26/36/48t
Cassette Shimano HG-50-10, 11–36t
Brake Levers Tektro, RL340/RL341
Brakes Tektro CR720
Rims Alex DH19
Hubs Shimano LX T670. 36H
Tyres Continental Comfort Contact/Tour Ride
Colour Cakipants (khaki)