I have an old titanium Merlin mtb frame from 1991, the top tube length is 21.5"cc and the size is 17.5"cc. Its a beautiful frame that's hardly been ridden, and i was lucky enough to get it very cheap (about £50!). After riding across France last year with a friend - and having an amazing time - I've decided i would like to build this frame up as a touring bike, but I don't know too much about touring sizing and set up.
The problem I have is that this frame is really a little small for me. i'm about 6"1' and have quite a long back and shorter legs (inside leg roughly 33"). So is there anyway that i could build this frame up to be a comfortable and efficient ride?
I did have a set of flat bars on there with mtb rapid fire shifters, but was was considering swapping to road bars , or possibly turning a set of road bars upside down and cutting them off, then switching to STI road shifters. I thought this would give me some added length.
what is your ultimate goal here? converting to a road style front end?
i've done that with a mountain bike with some success. though, i switched to 'alternative' style mountain bars because i couldn't get the fit right with drop bars. i'm using titec h-bars with bar end shifters and mountain derailleurs, disc brakes and mountain brake levers. just more comfortable to me.
have you thought about 'alternative' style mountain bars to give you multiple hand positions without have to change over so many parts?
i'd recommend that and some nice 26" schwalbe marathon tires.