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Old 07-22-02, 07:04 PM   #1
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what is the best bike built for mountain touring

I.m looking for a dependable mountain bike that i can put panniers on. Most bikes are not made to carry loads
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Would you need a rigid fork, so you could use front panniers in addition to rear? Or would a suspension fork be acceptable?
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I think i would need a hardtail in back and suspenion in front but i might need panniers in front also
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Specialized rockhoppers and stumpjumbers are popular for rough trails. They seem to work well enough.

People like Bruce Gorden make 26" off-road touring bikes.
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Front racks and a front suspension fork... that's going to be tricky.

If you could do without front shocks, a bike like my 1989 Schwinn Sierra Comp would be a good pick as far as frames go. Thick, bombproof 4130 chromoly steel, very long wheelbase, and it could take front and rear racks. If you consider a bike from that era, do make sure it has 135mm rear-axle spacing. Then you could have a decent set of wheels built for it (DeoreLX + RhynoLite + DT 14ga perhaps) and pick up whatever other parts are called for. Just an idea.
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Another option is lose the panniers and get a single wheel trailer like the B.O.B.. The price is not too steep, I got mine new on Ebay for about $200, and you can use any bike you want, even a FS. And they tow pretty good.
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There is a company that specializes in pannier racks for suspension bike. I can't remember the name, but they have an ad in the back of BIKE magazine. I'll look tonight unless someone else has an issue handy!

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Load Llama racks work with suspension, but seem overly complex.
also Carradice took over the Limpet system which is suspension-compatable.
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