OK, here's the deal:
My steel frame's off to a framebuilder for its second respray and to have a brake-lever induced dent taken out of the top tube. While it's away, I want to look at upgrading some bits and pieces.
Current spec is:
1998 Manitou SXR 70mm travel fork (upgrade from rigid)
2005 XT / Mavic XC717 non disc wheels
1996 8 speed XT STIs
1996 LX front, XT rear mechs
1998 Strongarm S Works chainset (42/32/22)
1998 XT V brakes
1998 A1 120mm stem
2001 Easton EA70 flat bar
2002 USE XCR Shockpost
1996 Flite saddle
1998 M636 platform SPuDs
As the frame's canti only, I don't plan to move to discs. I'm also happy with 8 speed, as by the time I get to the big 28 cog, it's almost time to get off and walk anyway. However, a 44 tooth chainring would be nice but the Strongarm takes Sugino rings (which are upside down and as soft as putty). I'd also like a light, plush fork with lockout. I'm not getting younger or lighter so a wider and more upright cockpit position would be nice. Also, while it's not a problem generally, the Flite is becoming a pain in the bum on day rides. I don't know whether this is due to the fact that it's wearing out or the fact that I'm 28 pounds heavier than when I bought it. (I have my suspicions). Breaking my ribs last year has persuaded me to use flat pedals rather than SPuDs on trails that I'm unfamiliar with.
What I'm thinking of is:
RockShox Reba Team, converted to 85mm travel
FSA V Drive MegaoExo chainset
New XT mechs
RaceFace Deus 110mm stem
RaceFace Deus XC riser bar
Flite Gel saddle
DMR V12 pedals
The fork I've chosen because of the 458mm axle to crown height. Only the SID comes shorter in this category and that's too flexy for my 80kg heft. Also, it means that I can convert it back to 100mm if I swap it to another frame for any reason.
I can buy the FSA chainset for roughly the same price as a new set of rings and a bootom bracket.
I'm hoping that the front mech can be tweaked enough to handle an 8 speed setup.
The 120mm stem was always a bit stretched so I'm hoping that a 110mm and a riser should be enough. Or should I go for a 100mm?
Anyone got any thoughts? I must admit that sometimes I've wondered whether it would have been better to go retro and and stich the rigids back on! I must admit that a new bike wouldn't be that more expensive but then a) it wouldn't be bespoke and b) I'd miss that frame!
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