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Old 03-13-06, 11:37 AM   #1
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Touring vs. Mtn Bike frame

Othere than places to attach bags what is the difference in a mtn bike frame vs touring frame for building a touring bike. I have the mtn bike frame and was wanting to do a build for touring.
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Old 03-13-06, 03:27 PM   #2
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Othere than places to attach bags what is the difference in a mtn bike frame vs touring frame for building a touring bike. I have the mtn bike frame and was wanting to do a build for touring.
weight, strength, durability, wheel width, tire weight. I tour on a converted mountain bike and love it! I use a nonstandard(from a touring point of view) tire as well! 26X1.95 Geax Evolution. It's a heavy tire, but virtually indestructible! I have yet to have a flat since I made the switch!
Drawbacks: If you use flatbars, even with bar ends you run into two problems.
1) Hand position, or the limited number of them
2) Aerodynamics, but this can be addressed with aerobars added to the flats. You will experience other problems with the aero's though, less control, etc, so it's a tradeoff!

I'd recommend a rigid fork, weight issues there, rigid steel fork is a lot lighter!

If you use a mountainbike frame I'd strongly recommend a 90's model mountainbike! here's mine, from my last ride! Pardon the pic resolution, it's from a cellphone camera! I also included a clear copy. It's a cheap frame, but I've put several thousand miles on this frankenstein and I'm pretty happy with it!
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Tom hit the nail on the head, an mtb frame is strong, as are the 26" wheels. I did a recent build with an early 90's Trek 970 that came with excellent lugged frame and components. In those years they tended to have a fairly long wheelbase and chainstays which provided plenty of clearance for panniers and stable handling. You may need to work on the riding position and bar height to get comfortable.
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