Old 03-21-19, 08:55 AM
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LHT vs Trek 520 // Which size? Which bike? Classic question, plz help!

I am excited to purchase one of these two bicycles and also to ask this question which has been asked many times before.

I am a 5.25foot (63inch / 160.02cm) tall woman with an inseam of 30.11" (76.5cm). I took other measurements if more are needed.

I live in Toronto, Canada and since no stores carry the bikes in my size I will have to order one without a test ride.

I did a fitting at a Trek store (on their fit bike) where they said the 48" size would fit me. I can get the 2018 model for 1500$ plus tax & shipping (this bike is not in Toronto, so I still can't test ride it).

I can also get a 46 LHT with the parts swapped from a 50cm frameset. The frameset is a bit older so doesn't have the 'ED' internal rust-resistant coating that newer Surlys have. Or purchase the the 50cm. These are 1500$ plus tax. This store also has a 46cm Disc Trucker from 2017 which is $1795 plus tax. These are also not available to test ride.

I am touring the East Coast this summer and Taiwan in the winter of 2020.


One of my legs is also 1.5 inches shorter than the other leg.

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