All - I'm currently trying to decide on my first serious touring bike. My previous experience is commuting (~11 miles/day), and weekend 50mi rides. I've only done single-night tours, but plan on doing the SF to LA ride late summer.
I've looked around several LBS in the Bay Area, and have done a bunch of homework, and have boiled down my touring bike options to the following. My original choice was to get a Surly LHT Complete. I put my deposit in at the LBS, only to find out that Surly is out of stock of the LHT Complete, but does have LHT frames available. The LBS did let me know that they have a 2005 Fuji World, in my size, in stock, which they'd sell to me at a discount (around $1100).
So here lies my dilemna - do I go for the LHT frameset and build up from there, or do I go for the 2005 Fuji World? I've heard great reviews on both bikes. The carbon fork on the World is a bit weird, but doesn't disqualify the bike.
What do you all think?