We finished our tour of the alps (Grand Route de Alps) http://www.grande-traversee-alpes.com/en/my-journey/by-road/the-great-alps-trail.html back in July. The trip was amazing and so were the bikes. We flew into Geneva, loaded the bikes with two panniers each and our seat bag containing water. It was incredible that two fully loaded panniers had no noticeable impact to the handling of the bike, they were rock solid and nimble. We probably had about 30-40 pounds of gear each in the bags.
We cycled 850 km and climbed 15-16 passes including the highest pass in Europe (50 km up) and several passes over 2000m. It was an unbelievable adventure and are already planning next years mountain trip (the Dolomites in italy). Have enclosed a few pictures:
Thanks for all the help, was a pleasure dealing with you.