LOL, not a problem! They also do the black frame with reflective labels, but I'm going for more of a relaxed training bike. Also looking at getting the Hope V Twin hydro kit so I can keep my 3x10 CX gearing but get hydro braking.
I was in Chain Reaction on Riccarton Rd yesterday and they had two Surly Disc Truckers built up. One on 26 inch wheels one on 29's. Looked like a reasonable quality groupset. Out the door for $2249 (you would need your own pedals). Good buying I thought.
A Disc Trucker is gonna make a great fully loaded tourer but is gonna be a pretty lifeless ride the rest of the time. The frameset is oversize tubing (super stiff), has very long chainstays and is HEAVY. It is in no way, shape or form a cyclocross bike or even a monstercross for that matter. Cyclocross - fast, snappy, fun to ride. Think road bike with bigger clearances.
If you a bigger rider just pony up for a stiffer (and more pricey) frameset - Reynolds 853 for instance - or go aluminium. With bigger tyres and a carbon fork its hardly gonna rattle your fillings out.
I use my Disc Trucker for everything bar commuting and trail riding (although It will and has happily done both) and I find it pretty fun no matter what...but I am possibly coming from an unusual place where i think weight on a bike is a not a bad thing and you may as well work a bit harder, especially if you are old and fat like me.
Also without wishing to have my comment blown out to a shitfight of epic proportions, I must point out that steel is pretty much the same stiffness regardless of composition. Alloying can increase the tensile strength and/or the corrosion resistance, but the stiffness of a pricier frame will come down to better design and construction.
foremannz wrote:Yep, between the steel and ally bikes I've owned, ally bikes have often cracked, but steel seems to take all the knocks and shows no signs of giving in ...
I dunno - seen plenty of steel bikes die too - my old jamis exile split a weld where the chainstay joined the BB, a workmate had a chainstay crack thru in the middle on his old Brian Philips 753 custom. Hell, I even just killed a roadrat (ok - it was by wrapping it around the front of a car who's driver decided 'stop' signs actually meant 'go')
as for the forward dropouts on the straggler and discs - no more of an issue than the track ends and disc setup on the roadrat, even running SS I had zero hassles getting discs and caliper aligned adequately