Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: northern Deep South
Bikes: Fuji Touring, Novara Randonee
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Check out Adventure Cycling's touring bike buyer's guide. I once sat down and came up with about two dozen possible models.
I'm not sure you're going to save a whole lot of weight over your LHT, though. Since you want to ride gravel comfortably, your wheels and tires will end up wide, rugged, and heavy. Same with the fork. You might save a pound on the frame. Most other components can save you a few grams, at $$/gm. I'd be surprised if you saved more than 5-6 pounds for the full bike, including racks, over the LHT.