I have been wanting to convert my Giant Revel 2 into a touring machine and now I have completed the build-up. I put continental-travel-contact-tire-26-x-1.75, Octagon adjustable stem, 44mm road bars and Shimano components (had to remove both the Sram derailleurs cause they did not function with the Shimano Shifters), Topeak rack and trunk bag. I have other cyclist looking at my machine with a mixture of wonder, curiosity, and repulsion. I love her. Now let's get to putting the miles in. I am going to plan my first mini tour in October. Kinda hot here in Arizona right now. Reading this forum has turned me onto the idea. So I blame my creation on those that post here!