Advice for new touring bike / Cannondale Tesoro
I have done 3 months touring (Holland-Portugal) on a cheapo BTwin 7, with both front and rear suspension, and i was surprised how it could handle 5500 km, the "only" problems being a broken rear axle twice (easily reparable in any bike shop, was i lucky?). So as i want to fully-loaded-tour more in the future and i need a bike to successfully handle it. I just need to add i did and will cycle on road and well paved european roads, so i don't need any expedition or mountain bike to tour offroad somewhere.
I live in Portugal and touring is unknown around here, and as a result no used touring bikes exist for sale. Buying new isn't easy as well, the only store with good bikes is Specialized, but correct me if i'm wrong, they have no touring bikes in catalog (they have a Tricross, but some research in the forum told me it is not made for fully loaded tour). The other option is the one on the thread title: Cannondale Tesoro (http://www.cannondale.com/2013/bikes...n/urban/tesoro
… attention: this is the 2013 model and the bike shop where i can buy it lists as 2012 model… don't know if anything changed). My budget (around 1000€) would buy the Tesoro 2 or Tesoro 3 (which already includes a nice rear rack). I didn't even contact the bike shop to check whether i can try them out (it's 400km away!), but first i want to have your opinions on it.
Anyway, how would any of you proceed if you want to buy a touring bike and live in a country where you can't find one?
I leave now some details on what i want in a touring bike. What bike could fit this?
1 - Road use (i don't think the steel/aluminium debate would fit: you can never destroy an aluminium frame even after 2 trillion km on paved roads, can you?)
2 - No drop bars.
3 - I don't think the front suspension would be needed but give your opinion if you think i should have one.
4 - Solid frame for fully loaded touring.
5 - Don't need dynamo or lights and don't consider that a plus.
6 - Need to be able to use a front rack.
7 - Needs granny gear, of course (but this might be changed; actually i couldn't find that info about the Tesoro).
Any comments appreciated. If there was no internet i would have never entered the bike touring world!
Last edited by nondo; 10-10-12 at 02:16 PM.