10 years or so ago I used to ride a fully rigid Orange P7 with flat bars and bar-ends. It had old-skool geometry with a 120mm stem and long top-tube, and it usually had 1.9" tyres on it. Weighed about 23lbs. The riding position was good for climbing and eating up the miles. Of course, it was rubbish off-road compared to my modern Orange 5, I can do far more on that than I could on the P7 but it got me thinking...
I'd go on long rides down here in the Valleys to pick up certain trails that looked good on the map, but since I didn't have a car and I lived in Cardiff, there was always loads of road in the rides - say 20 out of a 40 mile ride. I don't think I'd do a ride like that on my Orange 5 as the shorter more upright position and big tyres etc make it a chore.
So I was thinking - one could build up a kind of hybrid MTB (but not a hybrid bike) that was still a proper off-roader but make it long, steep angles, flat bars, lockout forks and put say 1.9 semi-slicks or small-tread tyres (Racing Ralphs say) to help it eat up those miles.
What are people's thoughts? To be honest if I still had the P7 I'd be converting it for that purpose now, but it got pinched