I've been looking at a lot of touring-spec bikes and there just seems to be so many choices out there, from Trek20 to Bike-Friday. Ideally what I'm looking for is a bike that I can ride around Sydney and if I want to also ride across the Gobi Desert - good commuter and also expedition capable. I have been looking and interested in the Trek520, Fuji Touring, venerable LHT and many many others but I've decided that I specifically want 26" wheels and not 700c - please don't let that point provide the incentive for another pro's and con's wheel size battle in this thread.
I know about bikes like the BG BLT and Beckman but haven't seen anywhere on the net where someone has used one for a multi-continental trip. I do like the Koga-Miyata but think it's overkill for riding around the city.
Anyway for whatever reason I keep coming back to Thorn and in particular the Thorn Nomad and
the Thorn Raven Tour. I think one of these bikes could be exactly what I'm looking for. My brother is currently in the UK and might be able to bring back either a frameset or a complete bike when he returns early next year.
I would be very appreciative if anyone out there that has first-hand experience with either of these bikes can provide some detailed feedback.