After a 5 year hiatus from riding, I decided to start again (I should have alot more free time over the summer than what I have had since college) So I pulled my bike out of storage and gave it a full tune up.
To give you an idea of the age of my bike, it is an AMP B-3, which I believe was discontinued around '98, with shimano xt components from '97. Anyways, while giving it a tune-up, I noticed a couple of things. The barrel adjuster on my rear deraileur is stripped, and I will probably be getting a new fork for it unless I can find parts to rebuild my Mozo Pro-W.
So my questions are this: If I recall correctly, Shimano switched to a 9 speed rear hub sometime after I purchased my bike. From my understanding, I should be able to put on a new deraileur designed for 9speed hubs without too much problems. But I am worried that the pullies may be too thin for an 8 speed chain. I was wondering what I would possible have for problems when trying to put a new one on.
Secondly, I am completely out of touch with what is on the market now. What are some good 3.5" to 4" forks that would be recommended? I generally won't be taking any drops more than 3 feet, and I only weigh 135 lbs. But I do want quality, and don't want to get something that will perform worse than my old fork (which I loved).
Thanks for any help you can provide me.
Edit: also, what things should I look for that may have coroded/worn out from sitting in a storage unit for 5 years? I think I checked everything out, but I'm not positive.
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