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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.
I guess the equation is extra lbs and tech V's age
I got a 2004 Saracen Killi frame (new, old stock), the magnesium one, in 2006 for £40. That was 2.9Lbs. That was a good starting point, I'm sure you can find simliar.
The bits are out there, just takes a bit of effort to find on fleabay sometimes.
The only way you're going to get a 20 pound bike for $1000 is by buying something used or being extremely patient and searching for deals. A scandium frame is a good place to start. The Salsa is nice because you can use V's or discs. My frame was $600 and the fork was $90. Both were new. You can find them for half that used.
You might also want to check out some cross bikes or even one of those Chinese carbon mtn. frames.
eBay open mold frame $310 1300grams
eBay carbon fork $80 600grams
SRAM x7 shifter
SRAM red cassette
SRAM force rear der
SRAM carbon crank XO
Circus monkey hubs built to remerix tubular rims tufo xc2 tires
Aest levers to bengal mechanic calipers
Basic alloy and TI bolt tuning.
You get the idea. If you are patient and check eBay for used deals it is possible.
So just those two pieces alone I've spent more money on heavier parts.
You have to be patient, look for deals and piece a it together or find someone desperate selling their used bike.
2001 Cannondale Bad Boy Ultra(sz S)
Super Fatty Ultra Headshok 80mm
Cannondale Si 115mm stem
Schmolke TLO Carbon 25.4mm x 610 bar
Ritchey WCS Carbon Superlogic seatpost
Fizik Gobi XM saddle
FSA Energy 46-36 Cyclocross crankset 170mm
Shimano XTR BB-9700 bottom bracket
Shimano Dura Ace CS-7700 11-27 cassette(modified)
Crank Brothers Candy 4ti pedals
Magura Marta SL brakes/Magura Storm SL 160mm rotors
SRAM X0 9-speed twist shifters
SRAM X0 9-speed rear derailleur
SRAM Rival 10-speed front derailleur
SRAM PC-1091R Hollowpin chain
Asian-made 38mm deep carbon 700c disc wheelset
Continental Ultra Race 700c x 25 tires
Continental Ultra Race 700c tubes
Total Cost = $1900USD(photos soon!)
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