I built this up for a 3 day - 180 mile road tour. Some hills, but nothing extreme. I had set up another MTB, but couldn't get the panniers far enough back to not hit my heels. This bike has two more inches of chainstay to play with.
I have a lighting system to be installed and the grips were not on for the picture.
It is now 7 speed - 12-28 with a 48-39-28 chainrings. I upgraded to an XT v-brake and put more modern wheels/tires on. It now sits with 26 x 1.5 semi-slicks.
I'll be carrying around 30lbs of gear. Is there anything wrong with this set up that would make the riding portion of the trip unnecessarily uncomfortable?