I'm kind of new to the Touring world if not for some 2-3 days MTB excursions, I've read a lot about touring bikes and it seems to me that the best choice (at least here in Italy) would be getting a Fuji Touring, since the to-go Surly LHT here sells for twice as much and Surly bikes are not so easy to find around here.
Now that I've a clear idea of which ride to get (but if you have better advices let me know!) I'd like your experienced feedback about the bike specification, if it's suitable to tour "as-is" or if there is something that I necessarily have to upgrade/add for safe and possibly troubles-free touring, apart from panniers obviously!
So this are the specification:
CRANKSET Shimano Deore, 48/36/26T
BOTTOM BRACKET Sealed bearing
PEDALS Alloy platform
FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Altus
REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano Deore, 9-speed
SHIFTERS MicroShift, Bar end, index shifting, 9-speed
CASSETTE Shimano Deore, 11-34T, 9-speed
CHAIN KMC X9 w/ MissingLink, 9-speed
WHEELSET Vera Terra DPM18 rims 32h, alloy hubs, black spokes
TIRES Vera CityWide, 700 x 32c, 30 tpi
BRAKE SET Tektro, linear pull, alloy
BRAKE LEVERS Alloy, road levers
HEADSET FSA, 1 1/8", caged bearings
HANDLEBAR Oval Concepts 307, 6061 alloy, 31.8mm
STEM Oval Concepts 313, 6061 3D-forged alloy, 31.8mm, +/- 12°
TAPE/GRIP Oval Concepts 300, padded suede
SADDLE Oval Concepts P300 w/ steel rails
SEAT POST Oval Concepts 300, 3D-forged 6061 alloy, 27.2mm, double-bolt micro-adjust
The only thing that will differ from day one are pedals, I'm mounting spare SPD Shimano that I already have.
Let me know!!