I am planning on getting a new touring bike and I was planning on getting a 2010 Surly Long Haul Trucker($1100), but the bike store has a 2008 Trek 520 in my size on sale for $800.
How does the Trek 520 match up to the Surly LHT? Is it as good a bike, or should I stick with getting a new LHT? I've heard some complaints about the gearing, but that's replaceable. Are there any other problems with the Trek 520?