I have a 1983 Trek 620 touring bike and would like to upgrade. The Trek 520 and its competitors don't offer the features I'm looking for fully-loaded, long-distance touring and the custom bikes (Bruce Gordon, Sakkit) are too expensive and have long wait-times.
My local bike shop's owner is encouraging me to write to Trek's CEO and encourage them to bring out a higher end touring bike, like the classic Trek 720 Touring bike that was produced from 1983 to 1985. I believe that there are many baby-boomers with the interest, time and bucks to finally upgrade our 20+ year-old touring bikes. Plus, a true touring bike is the ideal commuting bike. Time for a Trek 720 25-year anniversary model?
I'll be suggesting features such as: a classic steel touring frame, ultra-low hill-climbing gears, disk brakes (if no rear rack problem), higher-end components than 520, Dupont Imron paint finish, and a WSD women's model.
I'd appreciate comments from fellow touring and commuting cyclists, particularly those who would be interested in seeing Trek bring out a higher-end touring bike than the 520.