so Ive been on a couple pretty big tours in europe when I was a little younger (im now 19). I used more of a mountain bike than a touring bike for those trips and it worked fine as far as I can remember. But right now Im planning on going to Iceland in a month to cycle about 750 km - my current bike is a Specialized hardrock sport from 2003 I beleive - its in pretty bad condition now and to get it back into suitable condition would require about 250-300 bucks of parts and labour. So I'm thinking of getting a new bike. Im thinking Id like something a little bit faster and more efficient - however, I would still like to be able to ride comfortably on gravel roads and such. I was at my local bike shop and looking at the Specialized Sirrus ($630 for the base model). They call it a "commuter bike", which frankly I dont like the sound of, haha, but it seems like the type of bike I'd want. One concern I have is how solid the bike is built, which is quite important for touring.
Do you guys have any thoughts??