>>978612 Are you going to be doing serious, long-distance, self-supported touring?
If the answer is "yes", and you're not close to 6 feet tall, get the 26". Waaaay more parts availability around the world, especially outside of first world countries. The wheels are stronger as well. A lot more choices for tougher tires if you're going off of well-paved roads.
If the answer is "no", why the fuck are you getting a LHT? The LHT is heavy and handles like a pig, and there are a lot of other nice bikes that will be much more enjoyable to ride while unloaded but will still do fine for shorter or lighter tours.
>>978834 >>978835 That's hardly a concern for the bikes intended usage (mountain bikes see much harder use and do fine with dished wheels). If anything discs are an advantage as it doesn't really matter if the rim comes out of true.
Also if the rim brake version using road hub spacing the difference is even smaller.
>>978888 Depends on what you care about. I agree with you that I would not worry about it, but I know some super-hardcore globe-trotting tourers get obsessive about wheels.
Yeah, mountain bikes see harder hits, but the duty cycle is low. A heavily-loaded tourer sees is loaded way high *all the time*. And a non-dished from wheel is one fewer kind of spare spoke to carry around.
That said, being worried about this sort of thing is irrelevant for all but the most ridiculous tourers.
Smaller frame, get the smaller wheel. Alternatively just get onboard the sled and buy an ECR. Best goddamn touring bike ever made goes anywhere. Put 2.2-2.5" road tyres on and they eat up road like nothing, put 3" knard and ride on dirt like it was pavement.
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