Here in Australia any would be "tourer" has very little choice when it comes to a touring bike. I have only been able to find bike shops that sell either a TREK 520 or Fuji Touring and nothing else. There is the Cannondale T2000, but at $2,899.00AUD and being aluminium I'm not really interested.
Later this year the Fuji touring 06 will be retail $1,299.00AUD as opposed to the TREK 520 which
retails for $2,299.00AUD.
Being a very significant $1,000.00 difference in price is this really indicative of the difference in quality between the two?
I have to admit I'm leaning towards the Fuji as I still need to buy everything needed for touring i.e panniers, sleeping bag,tent etc etc and this will allow me to do it for less outlay and quicker.
I would appreciate any advice that could be provided.