Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: NYC, NY
Bikes: Modified Davinci (single speed) and custom Gunnar Rock Tour
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Comfort is always an issue, whether it's a short ride or longer ride. 800KM isn't that far but it's a good distance (3-10 days depending on daily mileage).
I haven't looked into bikes that are from the European market (where in Europe are you exactly) but I understand that Thorn and Roberts are both well-known and well-made touring bikes. You may want to look at a hybrid bike (takes the toughness of a MTB and turns it into a touring bike).
As far as "light" goes, well, that depends on how you define "light". To me a bike that's around 20-30lbs is fine. Unless you're racing, there isn't really a huge need for a super light bike. Additionally how are you going to bring your "gear" with you (clothes, personal items, etc.) and where are you staying (camping, B&B, inns, motels, hotels, etc.)? Will you be travelling alone, with a group, with a support vehicle (aka SAG vehicle), etc.?