So, im planning to do a tour of New Zealand, prob take about 3 months. Never toured before..ever! Ive done heaps of research on bikes, pannier, tent, etc, etc. One LBS has a Cannondale T2000 and another has a Trek 520. I dont know which to choose??
I test rode both, the T2000 feels more manuverable (or is it less stable?) & looks nicer (the 520 is old school...like i used to ride that style when i kid!). The 520 feels solid and stable. I noticed that climbing unseated caused some instability, but if u put your butt back on the seat, its rock solid again. It also has bar end shifter which is a bit weird to me, i found that its too easy to overshift and also the front derailer is a friction shifter, and i think its also heavier than the T2000. And then there is price. The Cannodale T2000 is more exp, but the Trek 520 is on sale about 25% off. They're both touring bikes, but they seem so different, and that kinda makes it harder to compare them if that makes sense.