I consider buying next year the Trek Portland, for both commuting and touring. By touring I mean one trip a year, 7 - 15 days (700 - 1500 kms), over asphalt roads. Except of this I do another 2000 km / year in the city. I weight about 75 kg (165 lbs), during the touring trips I carry with me the camping gear, but my luggage is never more than 15 kg (I use only rear rack with panniers).
Is the Portland suitable for me? Especially, would 24 spoke wheels be enough? If this bike is in your opinion definitely not for me, what else would you suggest? I've considered the Trek 520, but I think I don't want the cro-moly frame and bar-end shifters. Also 36 spokes wouldn't be necessary for my usual commuting.
Is it possible to put 700x32 tires and full fenders to this bike?
Is it possible to put a 11-28 or 11-32 cassette into it? (I feel the 11-26 one could be not enough on some climbs).
And, finally, does maybe anyone know if the Portland 2012 will be available in Europe?