Join Date: May 2006
Location: San Diego
Bikes: IF steel deluxe 29er tourer
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Depends on your fitness / tolerance for pain / willingness to walk hills. Were assuming paved touring, of course.
Actually, IMHO if you use a trailer, don't take too much stuff, and recognize that there will be some hills that you can't climb you'd be good to go. Ideal? Probably not, but many people tour successfully with a road bike and a trailer. As long as the road bike is a triple.
Since the Synapse 7 has a carbon fork, most (nearly all?) people would not mount a front rack and panniers. If you can fit your kit in two panniers and the top of a rear rack, that will work if you go ultralite and are not a clyde. If you can fit your kit in just a saddlebag, that's even better, but there you're talking less than 20 lbs of gear including the mounting hardware and bag and making IMHO YMMV some real compromises in comfort. My $0.02.
Your weak link in any non-trailer set up will be your wheels. If you and your gear weigh much over 200 lbs I'd be worrying about broken spokes and pinch flats.
Think about a BOB Yak and save yourself some potential trouble in the future. You be able to carry more gear and have a more durable rig than otherwise.