Price: About $1,300
Specs: Steel frame, Shimano Deore LX components, Bontrager saddle, rims and drop handlebars, Shimano M520 clipless pedals, 3 attachments for water bottles and 1 for a pump.
Who has used it: Jamie Noble, David Weingarten, An Adventure Called Bicycling (detailed review)
Upsides: Trek have been making the 520 for years, so it has a proven reputation. Nice extra touches include the drop handlebars for a range of positions and the beautiful paint job.
Downsides: Only available in the 700 cc size. The 48-36-26 crank is a bit high for heavily loaded touring. The racks and saddle aren’t great quality and will need upgrading for tours of any length.
For more information: Trek Website