So he is finally coming to a natural peak....almost all things have been changed since the beginning of the thread.
He is now like so:
Not so retro now with Reba Race 100mm (and ghetto sprayed white-used to be ugly black), Nobby Nic 2.25 front, Ralph 2.25 back, Cane Creek S3 headset, monkey lite 640mm carbon bars, 70mm stem, modern XTR shifter but with original STX RC rear mech, as it just works beautifully ....Avid SD7 levers but with old diacomp brakes and SRAM 970 cassette.
The last thing now is he's going to get some Hope Bulb hubs in a wheel rebuild by Cannondale King, as to make him pick up in a snappy manner and sound like a fishing reel and then he's at his peak I reckon. Rides so so sweetly!!
I have little experience to compare properly, but if any on you know this 98 Nitanium Rockhopper frame (mine in 17") and could compare it to a modern frame in ride quality that would be ace. I mean, I love the way it rides with the 100mm. Loves it! Like it was made for it. Obviously wasn't but you know........I wonder how much magic I could gain riding say a Cotic Bfe with a 100mm in comparison?? Any ideas? Anyway, I'll ride this thing this year regardless I reckon, as it's just too sweet...