Before anyone starts up .. yes yes, discs are better, I ride discs normally.... BUT
I'm looking at doing a bike tour/holiday around SE asia for 2-3 months and I'm trying to imagine the best build for such an endeavor .. Thinking - steel frame, rigid fork, rack mounts, V-brakes .. All nice and simple & easy to fix/replace should a problem arise.
Loooads of steel HTs around but none with v-bosses and rack mounts that I can find .... I may look at a Curtis Custom Build but they don't come cheap.