It's been a while since I've updated this thread, but there were a few developments worth sharing with others. I couldn't love any of the forks available from '99, as quite simply they weren't up to the job of matching the back end. After much searching and researching, I decided that some later World Cup SID's were the way to go. These are the ones with the Ti canti mounts, and the one piece carbon steerer/crown. They are stupidly light, and plush. The front and rear balance in weight and feel is now matched perfectly.
I was never really happy with the over engineered (heavy) Thomson stem either, so a Syntace F99 was fitted instead. 99 by name, and 99g by nature!
The bike has been used extensively off road, and I've not ridden a hardtail for over a year now because every time it go to pick a bike it's always this that gets the vote.
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