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I tourer on a Surly Long Haul Trucker and I wouldn't consider a 30-34 "a pretty low gear", not when climbing hills on a loaded bike. My bike which has done a lot of touring including outback touring when the load is pretty big (trailer + six panniers = 35 litres of water, 20 days of food) is configured with a Shimano Deore XT CS-M770 11-34 rear cluster and ...


This ships with a Tiagra SS. Derailleurs come in 3 lengths: SS (narrow range) , GS (medium range), SGS (wide range). If you want to move past 30t, you need to switch to a SGS derailleur, likely from the Shimano mountain range (e.g. Deore M591) - its 9 speed so the cable pulls are the same between the 9 speed deore and 9 speed Tiagra. This is what I'd ...

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