I am looking to make a tour from Portugal to Turkey and so I am in need of a bike as my mountain bike just won't cut it! I am looking for a mountain touring bike because I love to go off road and don't want to be limited to highways. The following features are what I have gathered to fit my cycling style best. The ability to have front and rear racks, the ability to mount fenders, a non-disc braking system, multiple speed, 29 inch wheel, hardtail. I'm willing to sacrifice some of these features if the bike is of durable construction. Price range I'm looking at is 0-1500 USD. Any help at all would be appreciated!
most production 700c/29r mtn bikes are disc , most bikes built up from retail frame with retail parts will exceed $1500. What is your existing bike, does it have parts that can be transferred to a new frame?