I'm planning to buy a bike suitable for loaded touring. Touring bikes are not plentiful in the bike shops in my city. The usual suspects (Trek 520, Cannondale T800 and T2000) are available. The shop that sells Cannondale has been much more helpful than the Trek dealer, so I have narrowed it down to Cannondale.
I'll be test-riding both bikes this weekend, but I am also interested in the opinions of people who tried both the T800 and the T2000 and chose one over the other. Is the T2000 worth the extra money, and if so, why? (I know there are higher-spec components on the T2000, but does that deliver a real benefit to you as a rider?)
Thanks for your advice.