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Short of being able to ride a bike I'm an aged newbie. I am wondering if anyone could tell me how much of my retired lightly used 1990's era Scott Limited hardtail mountain bike might be transferrable to a Surly LHT. I'm trying to come up with a good bike for a month in northern vietnam and Laos...and thought the Surly would be great...just trying to not spend a grand on the bike...My original plan was to just go with a mountain bike...but the LHT sounds like it would be way more comfortable and hopefully faster....any info would be appreciated!
 

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The LHT is a great bike. For parts transferring, most of the drivetrain components would work (just make sure BB spacing is correct). Also, If you are putting drop bars on it, new brake and shift levers are needed, as MTB levers will not work on road drop bars. Also, the LHT takes 700c wheels, as the scott most likely has 26" wheels. Not compatible. Honestly, look for an inexpensive road bike, and strip parts off of it, or find a used road build kit online or locally.
The LHT is essentially a road bike, so you would need road bike components to be compatible with it.
The only parts that would transfer with little to no issue would be: Rear Derailleur, cassette, chain, Cranks (maybe), brakes, and saddle. Other than that, different parts are needed to build up this bike properly.
 

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The LHT is a great bike. For parts transferring, most of the drivetrain components would work (just make sure BB spacing is correct). Also, If you are putting drop bars on it, new brake and shift levers are needed, as MTB levers will not work on road drop bars. Also, the LHT takes 700c wheels, as the scott most likely has 26" wheels. Not compatible. Honestly, look for an inexpensive road bike, and strip parts off of it, or find a used road build kit online or locally.
The LHT is essentially a road bike, so you would need road bike components to be compatible with it.
The only parts that would transfer with little to no issue would be: Rear Derailleur, cassette, chain, Cranks (maybe), brakes, and saddle. Other than that, different parts are needed to build up this bike properly.
I think Surly changed to this setup somewhat recently, but the LHT is now primarily available for 26" wheels with a 700c frame being an option for the larger sizes.
 

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I don't have a road bike, but I've lusted after a Surly LHT for a couple of years now. If you go ahead and build one, please share the gory details and some pics.
 
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