I currently have a Kona Jake Cyclo Cross bike that i like but not in love with. Its slightly too big for me (60cm) and heavy as hell. The big fat tires that are on it dont help maintaining road speed either.
Ive been doing more road biking and looking for something a little more streamlined. HOWEVER...Girlfriend and I are planning a 4 month ride next year through Europe and also a Portland trip at some point. I dont have cash or storage for 2 bikes so im looking for a bike that will give me good everyday riding abilities but also hold up with rack/paniers/sleeping bag etc on it couple of times a year.
I know road bikes arent ideal for touring but as i said earlier...dont have the cash for both and ive not done that that many long tours.
Here is what im looking at so far. Im still researching.
Trek 1.5 Triple - This years model come with provisions for front and rear racks. Aluminum frame, Carbon seat post and fork. Tiagra shifters and Derailleur. Has a weight limit of 275lbs (im 200lbs).
Masi Speciale-cx - Chromoly steel, Tiagra Shifters, 105 Derailleur (10 speed). At this price i can afford new wheels and rubber so i would have a touring set and a road set. Add front and rear rack, fenders when touring and remove when not.
Specialized Allez - 105 Shifters and Derailleur. Rear rack only. Carbon sear post and fork. Crappy colour scheme.
Any input you may have would be appreciated.