(First thread, whoo hoo! First post ever, actually)
Okay, cut to the chase - i have an opportunity to buy a very well equipped touring bike, for about 70% of the actual price ($1800 instead of $2500).
Other than the fact that it is unbelievably spec'd (Brooks saddle, Schmidt hub dynamo, Busch&Miller lights, tubus racks, Magura hydraulic brakes - well, you get the picture) the only thing that's keeping me from pulling the trigger is the aluminum frame.
I don't get why anyone would make a bike in this price range from anything BUT steel, but hey, i don't know everything. So, i thought i'd ask people who know more than me,since i'm a bit of a newbie to the whole touring business.
Whaddaya guys think?Anyone own aluminum touring bikes?Anyone can compare aluminum with steel as far as touring goes?
Here's the link for the bike, it's a small German boutique maker, who, for some reason works only with aluminum.
The site is in German, but it's pretty easy to figure out what's what.
Thanks for your input,