Having the Stumpjumper is great, but it is a pure XC bike, that I paid a fair bit of money for. When I was up at Glentress a few weeks ago I felt almost as if I was missing out enjoying some of the jumps etc as I didn't want to risk stacking it. So it crossed my mind to build something else...
I decided to look back at Enduro's as I really enjoyed the two I had, probably more the 2002 one. However they're really good at holding their money and I don't want to spend too much on this 'play' bike. Then Jay
put up an Orange AirO for sale. Job done
Waiting on the frame being delivered, but here's a pic from the ad:
Would love to strip and repaint it and fit new decals but need to resist and just go with it as it is.
Next was the forks. I initially thought to get some Tora's. Had some on my Mantra and couldn't really fault them. Had practically committed to some and then found some 2007 Marzocchi Z1's. I love Marzocchi forks, the 66's, Drop Off's and 44's I've had in the past have all been flawless, so thought the Z1's would be of similar quality. Picked these up for £20 more than the Tora's I was looking at, so not bad:
Also waiting on a headset from scant
to lace the two together, a FSA Pig.
I had bought some Hope/XM317 wheels for my Stumpy, but think these are now destined for the AirO as I'll need a 20mm front hub.
So that's really it for now. Got a few bits lying around that I can put on this to get it up and running for now and then may upgrade later. It'll be running 2x8 to start with and then I'll probably upgrade to 2x9 eventually. Trying to keep costs right down on this!
"The things you own, end up owning you."