I'm in the process of choosing my fist touring bike. wowwww! :-)
I've read a lot, thought a lot, and narrowed my choices down to just two bikes: Surly LHT and Soma Saga.
BTW: how come 90% of touring bikes nowadays are disc only? the #2 item in my list is some kind of rim brake! I guess that's okay in the 1st world but here in the 3rd world it is impossible to find disc brake related parts and/or service unless you're in a big city.
the #1 item in my list is 26" wheels. that should be enough to make me choose the LHT but... I'm deeply atracted to the Saga! it is emotional and irrational, I can't help it.
I've been using a mountain bike (HT with suspension fork) for touring so I tend to consider on-road and off-road as the same thing. I'm afraid a true touring bike could be disapointng here...
I've read that the Saga is "good" (better than the LHT) for off-road touring. is this true?
the kind of off-road I have in mind is, for instance, the "Santiago de Compostela way": basically well cared for dirt roads with 5% of technical terrain (roots, erosion).
you know... the size in cm is not an exact measure of the feeling you have when you actually "sit on the saddle". I guess the best size for me (6' tall 32.5" inseam) is either the 56cm or the 58cm. anyone of you who knows the Saga could please wild-guess what would be the best size?
note: I have 0% chance of test-driving a Saga here in BRA...
I see very few comments on the Saga here. and indeed Soma makes just 200-300 bikes/year!!! why such a small market-share? looks like a good beautifull bike for a reasonable price!
OTOH I must say that almost all commentes here are positive!
so... that's it.
in case you have any other comments, suggestions etc on my current state-of-mind I'd love to hear it!