Cheers for the replies and advice peeps, it's much appreciated as whilst i've often wasted an evening speccing up my own dream-machine tourer and planning my isle-hopping route up the west coast to start with (to iron out any bugs obviously) before i say "bye" to everyone and head off into the wide blue yonder (we can dream eh?) i'll admit to never having actually rode any tourers nor have experience of a Rohloff hub system. I'll sit down after tea and start to do some proper research into a few suitable frame and build options for the customer.
I popped out on my fungrel (my ugly fungrel below but very rideable) this afternoon as it was a stunning day here in Galloway, It's now got schwalbe Kojak 1.35 tyres rather than the skinny fat-boys as fitted below and i realised that i need a do it all cross/tourer type bike myself never mind speccing one up for a customer, Out round the coastline and rough paths then up through the galloway hills on singletrack moorland roads and a 10mile linking section of forestry road (bit rough for slicks but nae punctures- phew, followed by a few singletrack paths to end up on the 15mile return journey so a 52mile round trip this afternoon in blazing sunshine and i now realise that i have no genuine use for a full sus bike later on this year, i planned to buy one of cy's new short travel Cotic Rocket's when they come out but i doubt i'd use it that much as i have a cracking TI cove Hummer hardtail specced up to the hilt that does me fine so i made a firm decision when out n' about this afternoon , and that decision included a build of my own tourer/cross that can handle wherever i choose to go whether that be a multi week trip or just a long day out n' about exploring whatever i come across.
A Ti framed tourer or shand custom perhaps with a rohloff, i'm mentally building it in my head as i type