Total newbie here.
I've been looking for a bike to use as a fire-road explorer and gravel grinder, as opposed to a true singletrack mountain bike. I'd like to put some tires with a very supple casing on it for a fast, plush ride. And I wouldn't mind something along the lines of a White Brothers Rock Solid fork to smooth out the gravel but also keep the weight down.
A few days ago, I was checking out an eBay listing for a 2007 Salsa Moto Rapido (http://www.ebay.com/itm/2007-Large-Sals ... 7675.l2557
). The seller told me that it weighted 19.6 lbs! I'm kind of kicking myself for not picking that up for just over $500.
So I guess now my question is - how reasonable is it to find a 20 lb bike for that kind of price? I like light bikes. I don't mind the V-brakes the Salsa had. I'm looking for something light, smooth, fast and comfortable. Was the weight for that Moto Rapido likely accurate?
Any help on where I should be looking, and what I should be looking for would be greatly appreciated.