Meet the Surly Long Haul Trucker Deluxe. If you like to travel and ride, this may be your next frame.
The Deluxe is a special, plane-friendly version of Surly’s famous touring frame. The deluxe-ness comes from a pair of S&S couplings fitted as standard. These stainless-steel couplers let you split and reassemble the bike to fit in a travel-case, but they add very little weight (8oz or 227-grams) and don’t affect the stiffnees of the frame.
The Deluxe is also made to use 26-inch wheels instead of the usual (and larger) 700c wheels. This has a couple of advantages. First, you can fit the wheels into an airline-maximum sized case without deflating the tires (although maybe you shouldn’t be taking tires onto a plane fully-inflated). Second, 26-inch tires can be had anywhere in the world that you can find a bike shop.
The frame has mounting-points for pretty much everything: cantilever brakes, derailleurs, three sets of water-bottle bosses, fenders and even a spare-spoke holder. The rear dropouts are vertical, and there are routings for cables.
This frame replaces the current S&S equipped Travelers Check, which takes 700c wheels and has a horizontal dropout (better for fixed and single-speed). It will be available in spring 2011, for around $1,000.
Surly Long Haul Trucker Deluxe [Surly Bikes via Urban Velo]
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Fuente: Gadget Lab