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You certainly can use a mountain bike for touring, and many people have done so. They have suitable gearing for climbing and are generally stout enough to support the weight and abuse of loaded touring (caveats below). However it is worth noting the differences between a mountain bike and a touring bike, and consider these factors for your trip: MTB frames ...
At a glance, comparing the Salsa Fargo and Kona Explosif, the Salsa's bottom bracket is lower than the Konas. The Salsa's BB position is more like a road bike. Thus if I were to hazard a guess, the Kona is purpose designed for severe off roading to clear rocks, logs and all. The Salsa on the other hand doesn't need to worry about such severity and can offer ...
Aside from touring specific braze-ons (rackss, fenders, spokes, pump, etc), the short answer is that adventure touring bikes are going to be more well suited as an all around machine where as an MTB has a narrower performance mark. The long answer is frame geometry. Briefly looking at the geometry of some of the bikes you listed shows the Kona having ...
I know people that have done extensive touring on a mounting bike. You have a sturdy stable frame and gear ratios for climbing. Look for a steel frame that has lugs for racks. And a solid fork over suspension. The disadvantage is not quite as efficient. And the single hand position is more fatiguing.
A touring bike and a cyclosross are similar but this is where you going to find a differences. A cyclocross bike is is not going to be designed to hold a kick stand. Weight, clearance, and collect mud. They are going to open that space up between the tire and cross bar to avoid problems with mud.
You probably can't get a safe mount for that type of kickstand on that bike (and likely not any kickstand - the space is just too small). In general, kickstands on good new frames (even touring frames like the Surly LHT) are tricky since they stress the frame in ways the manufacturer did not intend. See this page from Surly, for example. You may want to ...
I've put up an extensive article on the subject here - http://www.bretonbikes.com/generalarticles/700cvs26inch.html It's typically opinionated and I don't expect everyone to agree, but it is written from huge (unique?) experience and I hope will encourage people to at least think about the subject
Are there ever! I'm totally evangelizing for the adventure cycling association in my answer here, but check this out: Adventure Cycling Route Network. They have a lot of road tours but they do mountain tours as well. You want the extreme of extreme backcountry mountain bike tours? How does 4418km of trail riding along the continental divide sound? Check ...
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