I have been commissioned to build 2 touring bikes for 2 clients who just graduated Law School and are trekking across the country in August. After a few preliminary meetings and alot of research, we have decided on building up the 26" wheel variant of the Surly Long Haul Trucker frame. The 26" wheel size was chosen over the 700mm road wheel sized frame because the 26" frames came in smaller sizes that better fit the riders, AND 26" wheel/parts are more widely available along a 3000 mile trekking route.
We have chosen a combination of Shimano Deore and Tiagra components.
Crank: Shimano Deore M590 170mm 2-pcs Crank & BB 26-36-48, Silver.
This crank was chosen for its touring gearing ratio and its durability.
Front Dérailleur: Shimano Tiagra FD4503 9spd Trpl Braze-on Front Derailleur:
Rear Dérailleur: Shimano Deore M591 SGS Long Cage 9-speed
The frames showed up today
I got the first frame up on the stand and laced the rear wheel. Its a 26" Alex Adventurer and a Shimano Deore hub. The Spokes are DT Swiss (double-butted), 263mm on the drive side ,and 265mm on left.