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Trek 520 vs Surly Disc Trucker 26"

Old 01-06-19, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by tyrion View Post
Trucker has slightly better components but the overriding question is 'what wheel size do you want?'
And yes , basically, Trek 520 is not using 26" wheels .. they use 700c. 35 ~ 37 ish is good..
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
And yes , basically, Trek 520 is not using 26" wheels .. they use 700c. 35 ~ 37 ish is good..

Yep, and this is one reason why LHT/DT is the better choice for many bicyclists. Shorter bicyclists can choose the 26" wheel version of LHT/DT to fit smaller frame sizes better, as the frame design is not compromised by steep seat tube angle to provide shorter effective top tube / reach, and slacker head tube angle to mitigate top overlap, as is frequently the case in 700c frame sizes <55cm.
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Originally Posted by seeker333 View Post
Yep, and this is one reason why LHT/DT is the better choice for many bicyclists. Shorter bicyclists can choose the 26" wheel version of LHT/DT to fit smaller frame sizes better, as the frame design is not compromised by steep seat tube angle to provide shorter effective top tube / reach, and slacker head tube angle to mitigate top overlap, as is frequently the case in 700c frame sizes <55cm.
I ride a 56 cm frame, had a 700c LHT for a year before building up a 26Ē 56 cm LHT. To my tastes the 700 wheel version has awful slow speed handling which matters to me for commutting and shopping with big loads. Itís like night and day if I have to maneuver in tight quarters. . Both carry heavy loads well and both ride at high speeds well but the 26Ē wheel version is nimble in comparison and the 700c version whch feels like a long bus.
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I can't believe I'm about to contribute to this zombie thread.

I have toured on a Trek 520 regularly for well over a decade. It has served me well and I adore the bike. I can't speak highly enough about it.
That said, if I were to purchase a bike under the conditions in the original post, I would get the Surly. I would prefer a 26" wheel if anticipating a potential tour around the world or anywhere which isn't North America or Europe. Also, because I'm something of a grouch, I am not keen on the changes Trek has made to the 2019 version of the 520. It's like the New Coke. They had a working formula, so why change it? Some things are classic and don't need to be tinkered with.
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Fit. No other question is as important.

Originally Posted by tyrion View Post
Trucker has slightly better components but the overriding question is 'what wheel size do you want?'
Thatís probably true. Tried them both yesterday and it wasnít even close - FOR ME. 46 cm bikes always seem to fit ME like a glove. Trek doesnít offer that size. 48 was the closest. Iíve been told I could ride a 51 or 52 cm. Thatís bull****. The Surly seemed lighter and it probably was, not just because of the 2 cm but also due to the 26Ē wheels. So I bought the Surly. Time will tell if I made the right choice.
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