Newbie here looking to ask a few questions. I've looked through the forum and haven't really been able to find what I was looking for, I apologize in advance if I've missed something and am needlessly asking a question.
Anyhow, I'm planning a fairly extensive Asian trip, starting along good European roads, I am planning on going through the near East, Turkey through Iran and into the 'stans. From there I'd go into China and down through to SE Asia. Anyhow, my question is, a trip like this, something that I'd like to do over the better part of a year, is going to really beat up a bike. I've read of other folks doing a trip like this and have seen a wide variety of bikes used. While I'd like to get away with a midrange bike like the Surly LHT, I've seen a fair few folk spending on the Thorn Raven tour or one of Bruce Gordon's Rock n Road Tour. What would you recommend. If I wanted to bike for a year or more straight would I be better of buying one of those 3 grand bikes?
Second to that is the question of the Rohloff hub. In my limited experience Ive had trouble with the typical derailleur gear set up and having driven (not biked) along some of these rough central asian roads, Im hesitant. is it worth the extra grand?
So I guess summed up my questions are, what should I look to spend on a bike which I plan to take on the roughest and toughest of roads? Also should I be looking at a rohloff or not?
Hope someone can help me with these questions,