I'm looking for a new bike, EU made or at least sold in EU. After reading much about bike touring i can't understand why are there so few 26 inch models, given that many people tour outside North America/Europe. For now i want to tour in Europe but i would like to buy a 26 inch in case i want to tour later in countries where 700c wheels are not available. 26 inch models that people choose for touring are very expensive and are "expedition" type, but i only want to ride in asphalt. I don't mind touring with cheap gearing system, which i suppose play a big role in making prices skyrocket. Looking at nice german trekking bikes, some models for about 500 euro (excepting nice racks) seem enough for the task, but only 700c wheel. Example: the VSF t50 is 500euros (ok, good racks would cost some more 200euro) and the VSF t400, the most affordable touring bike in the brand, is 1300euros.
. Which bike should i look for?