Thought I would solicit some advice on gf's impending bike purchase. After much intensive research, she still can't decide what category of bike she needs, given that she wants to do some commuting, some touring, yet be able to do off road (ie, medium grade mtb) when the occasion calls.
So, which would be worse: doing a tour (eg 200km over 3 days) on a mountain bike fitted with touring slicks (eg, marathon supremes), or going mountain biking and trying to keep up with others, on something like a kona sutra (or maybe even a flat bar road bike) with say 32mm knobby tyres. The biggest concern with touring is that she's not the strongest rider already, and most of our friends have recently bought surly lht's or kona sutras...
Totally subjective, I haven't given enough details for an accurate answer, but I'd love to hear your thoughts anyway. Assume the mountain bike has lockout suspension. For bonus points, what about a hybrid?