I will be undertaking a cycle tour of around 2700km (~1800 Miles) in Europe this summer (Early July to the middle of August) and have been looking at the Giant Toughroad SLR1 as the bike to go for.
From the (limited) content I have read online, the bike seems to be a good fit but I wanted to get the opinions of some people who might have used this bike for undertaking something similar to the above.
I will be attaching rear panniers to it and possibly front as well, going for Ortlieb panniers.
I am 193cm tall and weight 90kg (6ft 3" and 200lbs).
I am quite new to bicycle touring so was wondering if anyone has been in my situation and what recommendations you have regarding this bike (or maybe others).
Also, if you buy a bike online direct from the manufacturer, do you need to do much assembly when it is delivered (from Giant in particular)?