Hello experts here is a tough question for you. I have a Team Marin Mountain Bike with Xt/Xtr components but and here is the catch I bought this bike in 1992! I haven't used it too much though and it is still in good conditions. I toured Provence in the summer with 2 rear panniers and it handled well in all conditions.
What I want to find out is if the frame itself is appropriate for a full loaded tour as I am planning to take a longer trip with front and rear panniers. The steel frame is a Tange Ultrastrong prestige and although generally MTB frames are as tough as one can get this one was a competition level bike so the frame is built in such a way that thickness is variable depending on how much stress each part gets while riding. Obviously this doesn't take into account touring and weights from panniers.
Any thoughts about this being reliable. XTR gears and components are a treat and the frame is very long perfect for panniers.