Surly Long Haul Trucker

Touring: Country Crosser; $1,095.

Surly Long Haul Trucker     Photo: Photograph by Inga Hendrickson

Killer Value
The LHT was built to take on the fattest 700C (a.k.a. 29-inch) rubber out there, plus fenders, full racks, stuffed panniers, and a different horizon every day. But we employed this tough ride as a mixed-terrain commuter and do-it-all city bike. It had the goods required: a longer wheelbase, a double-butted chromoly frame, every braze-on we'd ever need, a solid parts mix (Shimano drivetrain and hubs, classic WTB SST saddle), and those lovely tire clearances. Bonus: Would-be world travelers can also get every size of this bike with 26-inch wheels, which you'll find in abundance all over the globe. surlybikes.com
VERSATILITY: 4.8 COMFORT: 4.4

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