Update on my Comotion Norwest Tourer. I know it has been some time since I have been on this forum. I now have 2,500 miles on it. It is the most comfortable bike I have ever ridden. I still can't wait to ride it. It reminds me of my BMW M3, it handles better at higher speed, this bike handles better when you load it up. I have the Tubus Cargo, in the rear and the Tubus Tara in the front. Great racks!!!! I am using a set of Ortlieb front and back roller classics. They are ok, waterproof, I liked my Basic Nashbar Waterproof ones but they didn"t hold up. Stable with up to 80 pounds on it. I am glad that I got the Norwester Tour vs The Americano. I weigh around 170 lbs and I usually never carry more than 50 lbs of gear. (Unless I carry groceries.) I realize the difference in the frame weight is minimal but unless you you weigh north of 200 pounds and carry 80+ pounds of gear, you don't need the complexity of the tandem rear wheel and the added cost. Maybe if I was going on a world tour, but if that were the case, I would have gone with the Pangea with a 26" wheel, like mosts Europeans. The only other thing I might have changed, and wish it was an option, when I purchased my bike, was a Rohloff rear hub. (I think it is more durable, but a little tougher to align when changing a rear flat) I thank y'all for your input, it was very helpful. The Norwest Tourer is a terrific loaded touring bike. I will write another review at 5000 miles.