What would you consider to be the perfect randonee bike? Meaning, what frame material, wheels, components, tire size, frame options (braze-ons, etc.), etc.?
I'm thinking that if I'm going to do a 1200km brevet, my flyweight aluminum race rig may not be the best option, as that aluminum frame could start to feel a bit harsh after a while (doesn't bother me on centuries, but 750+ miles is another story...). Carbon/titanium/steel? I'd like to get something that would also be suitable for road races, so probably wouldn't go for a Rivendell or similar, unless I could be convinced that it'd be FAR superior. Would a standard carbon/titanium/steel race bike be sufficient? What do you look for?