Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Binghamton, NY
Bikes: 2008 Surly Long Haul Trucker, 1999 Jamis Exile
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It depends on the bikes and your purposes.
I have a 93 Giant Rincon (rigid mtb) that I love. The main differences I see between it and my LHT (26" wheel size) is the components (15 yr difference), shorter chainstays (by about an inch), 3rd water bottle mount, and flat handlebars. It has eyelets both front and rear for both racks and fenders and gearing more like a road bike.
I used to commute on it for years and found it very comfortable.
I also have a 99 Jamis exile (hardtail) which is different from both of them. It has a suspension fork, single eyelet in the rear, and mountain bike gearing.
Basically if I am going to commute on roads or go distances I would go with the Giant. If I were to actually go mountain biking I would go with the Jamis.