....cross posted from touring thread....
I have come to the point where I can purchase a brand new bicycle for the first time in my life. I have two options which I am considering and I think at this point it comes down to which is the most suitable for light weight, short touring once or twice a year. The bicycle will also be for a few sportives and commuting.
I can go for an aluminium frame with higher spec of components or a carbon frame with slightly lower spec components. Will a carbon frame ala Cannondale Synapes HiMod dislike the weight of extra kit? Through bike-packing dry-bags from Alpkit I would have a front 13L roll up and something similar around the saddle.
Any comments to help me vere my decision either way are welcomed.