Unlike most cyclists I didn’t do much research before deciding which touring bike I’m going to buy. I was already travelling and decided to start cycling quite spontaneous, so I was more than happy to get a proper touring bike in Bangkok at all. But as it turned out later, with the Surly Long Haul Trucker you can’t do anything wrong anyways. In my almost two and half years on the road there’s no other bike I have seen more often ridden by other cyclists than that one.
As I had almost no knowledge at all about bicycles I trusted the guys from Bok Bok Bike in Bangkok with building it up for me (can highly recommend that shop, they have almost everything a touring cyclist needs!). But they did a great job and I changed only a few things later. The only mistake was to get a dropdown handle bar with end bar shifter. I personally didn’t like it at all, so I changed to a flat bar when I was in Australia.
Besides a couple of flat tires and changed tubes I listed the few other more serious problems.
- Crack on the free wheel body, because of that the cassette was loose, the free wheel body was easily replaced (after 6.000km, in Australia)
- Broken bottom bracket after 18.000km, replaced in Puerto Natales, Chile
- Broken rear hub after 20.000km, needed a complete new hub, kept spokes and rim, in San Martin de los Andes, Argentina
- Broken front rack after 29.000, the lower part just cracked, could weld it, but Tubus sends me a replacement.
The front tire is still the same (almost 30.000km, incredible), but on the rear wheel is already the third one. The first got a long cut on the tread after 16.000km and the second one broke on the sidewall after 26.000.
Here’s a complete list of my setup. If you have more detailed questions to some parts, just write an mail.
- Surly Long Haul Trucker 26 inch frame
- Tubus Duo front rack
- Tubus Logo rear rack
- Three bottle cages
- Ortlieb back roller classic
- Ortlieb front roller classic
- Ortlieb Ultimate handle bar bag
- Ortlieb Rack Pack and some dry bags
- Shimano SPD Pedals (one side platform)
- Brooks B17 Saddle (after 27.000km; before I used a Selle Royal)
- Rigida Andra 30 (36 whole)
- Front hub Shimano XT
- Rear hub Shimano no name; originally Shimano XT until 20.000km
- Schwalbe Marathon Mondial 26×2.00
- Flat handle bar
- Ergon grips
- Shimano XT Shifter
- Shimano Deore brake levers
- Cateye bike computer
- Garmin Etrex35 touch GPS
- Shimano XT V-Brakes
- Shimano XT rear derailleur
- Shimano Deore front derailleur
- Shimano Deore crank set 24-36-44
- Shimano Deore cassete 10 speed 11-36
- Shimano Deore chain HG54