This is my first post. I found this website a few days ago after trolling the net trying to decide what to do with my 1995 Diamond Back Axis TT. I feel like I might be starting a renaissance in mountain biking and wanted to either breath life back into my Axis or perhaps just buy a new bike (if you'll pardon me!). Though I've been road riding for the last 13 years (no racing in the last six years (kids)) my origins are firmly rooted in mountain biking.
I have to say this website and forum is fantastic. I've had many a nostalgic moment browsing around here. None more so that when I found the 1991 Specialised catalogue, I must have poured over that one for weeks and weeks prior to buying my Stumpy.
I did my first race on that bike (didn't finish
), after going away and getting a bit fitter I started to do OK. I then bought a 93? Axis (steel frame, dark green), after a couple fairly good seasons on that one I bought a 1995 Diamond Back Axis TT (bought reduced in late 96). I loved that bike, it was so light and rode really well. I had my best results on that before drifting over to road racing.
Anyway I've never updated the bike significantly since and though I raced it a couple times in the last 10 tens years its essentially not be used much, save for a couple of excursions onto Exmoor and Dartmoor in the pre kids era.
So I went out to the garage last week and thought I'd start to pep up the TT a bit. It was then I discovered how badly deteriorated the parts had become. It needs a complete refit. Feeling a bit fed up I stripped down the frame with a view selling it and getting a new bike. Then I found this forum. I've seen a couple of really nice rebuilds posted on here, and I'm confused as to what I should do now. A large part of me wants to keep the bike as it represents the best of my 'glory days', and I think I'll struggle to get a bike that's as good a quality and as light for what I can afford these days.