A busy year since finishing this bike, but I was never really happy with it for various reasons. I considered a strip and sell off, but kept hanging on to it just in case I changed my mind.
After a long think, I decided to remove the forks and replace them with some freshly rebuilt Pace RC36 Evo's which I had lying around as spares actually. I'm still playing around with the stack heights on the fork column, as I'm starting to prefer a higher bar than previously.
Then I ditched the 2nd set of Hope XC4's which were practically NOS, but I just couldn't love them. I decided to run V brakes, combined shifters and ceramic rims with XTR hubs.
I quickly compiled the parts needed through here and ebay and set about the rebuild, including new DT db spokes and alloy nipples. As I was working on the bike I switched the tired bearings in the Action Tec BB as these were covered in what looked like dried Lucozade! Also up for a check were all the frame and shock bolts.
The weight has come down to just under 25lbs which is good, but I reckon another 1lb could be found if I was ever fussed. The suspension actually makes it feel lighter anyway. I swear that the wheels are heavier than the Hope disc ones that were on it, as the weight was at 24.6lbs before I changed the wheels over!
I will be giving a full thrashing test in Gisburn next weekend, and can't wait.
1990 Marin Team Titanium, 1991 Marin Team Titanium, 1993 Marin Team Titanium, 1994 Marin Titanium FRS, 1995 Marin Team Titanium, 1995 Marin Eldridge Grade, 1996 Marin Team Titanium, 1998 Marin DH FRS, 1999 Marin Team Titanium, 1999 Marin Mt. Vision Pro, 2000 Marin East Peak, 2002 Marin Mount Vision
1988 Concorde Colombo, 1997 Colnago Master Olympic, 2005 Look KG481-SL, 2009 Look 586
WANTED: Marin Titanium - pre 1990, 1996 FRS, 2007 25th anniversary