Hey there. I've narrowed my choices for a new touring bike down to these two 2009 models. I test road the Bianchi Volpe and it felt alot lighter than the LHT did. I test road both; the LHT actually had loaded panniers on it. The LHT felt like a tank; it was like driving an old Mercedes...you felt protected and safe. The Volpe seemed faster and lighter.
I am planning on doing some long tours this coming year. One from Tampa, FL to Savannah, Ga, and another one from Tampa to Providence, RI this summer. The LHT seems like the obvious choice here. The problem I have though is that when I'm not touring, I want something that I can commute with and go onto some Florida (non-rocky, light) trails with. I also want to be able to race local races. I know I could race both frames.
I'm asking for your input here. Tell me which you prefer and why? Have you tried both? Elaborate.