goofy marketing verbiage, LHT for $1099 isn't corrrect. It's a good list of touring bikes, wouldn't go much beyond that, there are more bikes that could be on the list.
Fargo:10. "This bike is branded as an offroad tourer for obvious reasons. Visiting the third world? Yeah, take one of these, but maybe switch out those shifters for some bar-ends. "
Third world touring with a 700c fat tired bike doesn't jive.
My gut sense is that the person who wrote the article has been around touring bikes for less than five years.
"Touring bikes are often mistaken for road bikes by people who don't know any better, but there are fundamental design differences that set them apart. While road bikes are typically ligher and more nimble in their steering, touring frames are longer, giving the rider more stability when carrying a heavy load.
This lengthened geometry, coupled with the fact that most touring bikes have steel frames makes the bike slower to accelerate and steer, but also undeniably smoother and more durable. Touring bikes are ideal for anyone looking to go on extended bike trips or "tours," or even for cyclo-commuters who need to carry a significant amount of gear to and from their workplace. "