Here are the compiled ratings for all the touring bikes we’ve rated here on the blog.

  1. Surly Long Haul Trucker….  14.0
  2. Trek 520….  13.7
  3. Koga-Miyata Traveler…. 13.5
  4. Raleigh Sojourn…. 13.3
  5. Cannondale Touring 2…. 12.9
  6. Cannondale Touring 1…. 12.8
  7. Fuji Touring….  12.4
  8. Rocky Mountain Sherpa 10…. 12.1
  9. Jamis Aurora….  11.8
  10. Kona Sutra…. 11.6
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  9. Well, I’m a little biased toward the Kona Sutra, but maybe that’s because I own one. Scratch that – I own two. Unfortunately, the first one was stolen, but I still consider it mine…
    My notes, for what it’s worth:
    -My first was a stock 2005. Didn’t come with racks; I put ToPeak on the back only. Did a month around Germany and France with it. Loaded with ~60 lb of camping gear, plus me (200 lb). I had zero problems. I chose the bike because I wanted (a) steel frame – and I can’t say enough about the Kona frame – the more you load it, the better it feels. It’s heavy, but with all the camping gear on it the extra 5-10 lbs isn’t that big a deal. (b) Disc brakes – yes, I prefer these. The Avid BB7s are easy to maintain and adjust, grip extremely well in all weather, and most importantly work even if your rim gets banged. Didn’t happen to me, but one of my cohorts also had disks which saved him after a tumble that warped his front wheel to the point where canti’s would be useless.
    -After the first was stolen, I needed a replacement for the next trip around Europe. Still wanting Steel and Discs, it came down to the Sutra or the Marinoni Turismo Extreme. I would have gone with the Marinoni, as I don’t like the bar-con shifters ont he new Konas. As it happened, I couldn’t source a Marinoni in time, and Kona was able to find a 2006 frame in my size and built it up using Ultegra/XT components for me. I got it just in time for my trip, and again the bike was great, even without much time to break it in. I did have rear-wheel spoke issues, but seeing as I rode over gravel roads from Munich to the Danube fully loaded, that wasn’t really unexpected. The wheel stayed true, and I was able to re-tension it and had no problems since.
    I commute with it now, and the disks are awesome in the frequent NorthWest rain…

  10. And what about the Thorn Sherpa??
    I´m a fan of the Surly LHT, but i think the Sherpa is the best touring bike ever made.

  11. Curious if you have any opinions on the Masi Speciale Randonneur (http://www.masibikes.com/steel/speciale-randonneur/). I haven’t heard a great deal about it—but from what I have heard/seen it appears to pretty comparable some of the higher rated bikes reviewed here. Not to mention they’re gorgeous. Would love to hear your thoughts in whatever capacity you’d have a second to spare. Thanks!

  12. I found this site frustrating, hard to figure out what’s going on, unless you’re a member of the club. I’m planning on buying a new bike soon — a hybrid most likely — and could find no useful info here.

    Have fun you guys.

  13. Lots of good touring bikes are available. IMHO the Surly LHT provides the best values, more durable than the Trek with longer chain stays and more toe to front wheel clearance. Good choice of performance/durable/price components. Racks are overbuilt. With commuter rack bag, tools and spares, fenders, king cages – 38 pounds. Heavy but rock solid.

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