Can I get a folder for touring in S.E Asia under $1000?
I was initially dreaming of a Bike Friday (NWT or Air Glide), but I've woken up now (still a little hazy, considering the $1330 NWT still). I really can't be certain that I'll use my folder enough to spend that much money. I like to travel and I want a bike that can take a bit of abuse from the road. Suspension would be a great thing, but I don't know if it falls in my price range.
From looking at bikes from KHS, Dahon and others, I'm finding it easy to understand the componentry (I have gained some familiarity in this area), but determining which are good frames vs bad is still foreign to me.
Here are some other things I'd like (but willling to make sacrifices):
I prefer to lean forward a bit while riding.
I would like touring-style gearing if possible (as low/lower than 21 gear inches would be nice).
Not picky about STI vs bar ends, though I do like drops (not necessary though).
Would like to have v-brakes.
I'm leaving out the level of componentry out (Tiagra/105/Ultegra/etc) because I'm willing to upgrade in the future (though I'd like to get the best in this price range). In case I've stepped into possible mocking territory - please understand I'm just writing what I'd like to get (ideally). I understand things don't always go ideally.
Thanks in advance! To anyone taking a trip anytime soon: have fun!