MTB vs. LHT
I'm still trying to figure out what bike to get for an upcoming Great Divide trip and for other all-around touring. I'd been thinking of getting a Surly LHT built up though it would seem that I need a 56cm frame, not letting me run mountain bike tires. I could fit some 44mm knobbies on there, though, and it has all the rack mounts I would ever need. No suspension, of course. Then there is a nice mountain bike I've been offered which is a Litespeed Ocoee with all top-of-the-line components (XTR, etc). It's similar price-wise (used) to a brand new Surly. I'm a little worried, though, that the ultra-light components on the Litespeed, such as the Rockshox "Sid" fork and Mavic 517 wheels wouldn't be up to carrying extra weight, and if the titanium might be too flexy for the extra load, but I don't really know about all of this being a relative newby myself. It's a beautifull bike, though, and would likely be better suited for the Great Divide route. I could use a little advice from you more knowledgable folks out there... Thanks.