blackbike wrote:As an owner of good quality MTBs and tourers I would never choose to tour on an MTB.
Serious off-road stuff aside, I'd say that a good tourer is nearly as good off road as an MTB, and much better on-road.
I'd agree with you for modern MTB frames which are incredibly adapted to heavy-duty off-roading. However early 90's MTB frames are pretty similar to tourers with the exception of wheel size. If you are shorter then the 26" wheel actually allows a better-proportioned frame. Most road frames for me at 170cm have either extreme reach or toe overlap.
The main benefit of the older MTB frame as a tourer is the ability to take any tyre from 25mm all the way up to 58mm, depending on terrain.