I've got a Fuji Monterey, it's to top of the "comfort bike line". I thinking of doing components swapping to change it over more to a "hardtail" MTB as it reminds me a lot of my old Raleigh Mt. Crestted Butte MTB I had back in the early to mid-1980's.
Is there any reason I can't do this from the "frame strength" aspect? I'll be changing the articulated stem for a solid MTB stem, dropping from a 28 tooth small chainwheel to a 24 tooth, changing to a more mountain bike style pedal and going from a 50mm to 100mm front suspension fork. I run 26x1.9 MTB tires on the rims and been following the mnt. bike riders in my local club on lot's of trails without seeing any serious damage to the rims or hubs. The bike has a 9 speed cluster, with triple chainwheel set up, currently 48/38/28 but I've found I really need lower gearing for some of the steeper hills.
LOL, except for telling me I'm "NUTS", is there anything else you'd change over, I'm more of a cross-country type rider, not interested in being able to thrash downhill, thanks all ideas, suggestions, even constructive critisisums are welcome!!