Erm... That 1st link is an AWOL or 2. Tis him of the dermadoodles from GoingAWOL. Aha... there's a CC at the bottom I think. More a rather staged photoshoot than touring I'd guess too.
One thing I'd say about the Straggler, is that the drop outs make getting the wheel in and out a little more awkward than normal. Only a teeny tad though. Wondered at 1st if it's the spacing, but they are 135, as opposed to the CC's 132.5mm, hmmm. If not using as a single speed, the adjusters could perhaps be threadlocked too.
The placing of the rack mounts do mean the seat-stay mounted disc caliper isn't a problem. Using the ones on the rear of the dropout means the load a bit further back, which gives more foot room, and lower mass than the ones on the seat-stays, though maybe some may think this a disadvantage, dunno.
grani wrote:I'll second the Straggler as I am very happy with mine. It has taken a fair bit of punishment in its short life so far and has performed exceptionally well.
Likewise, Madame's very chuffed.
I do wonder if the OP's already sorted though. He's off soon! I know only too well the trouble with setting up a bike at the last minute. Urgh. Good luck Ericos!