Been farting around with this for ages and it still needs some vital parts but since I'm actually riding it I suppose I should pop it up for criticism (positive and negative)
First off it's a bit of a mystery as the 1998 is chromed in all the photos I've seen and this one is brushed steel with a 97 serial number. But there doesn't appear to have been a Total in 97.
Frame is Tange DB tubing and super thin tubes throughout, especially the stays.
Luckily it still has the odd Sunn "bubble" top tube stickers, a little bit of peeling but nothing too bad. I need a set of Sunn decals for the downtube but I think I might like it without them.
Here it is before most parts are fitted
Wheels on giving a better idea of the final look
All XT parts, nice. Lovely almost NOS levers from good old Retrobike
And Cranks pretending to be XT
Actually LX from the same year
Almost there, just needing cabled up and chain.
As it stands now
It is still not ready.
Parts to be changed are,
Forks to be changed for Pace RC36 when I get the cash.
I've got a pair of XT739 hubs and Mavic 517 Citron rims to get built up.
Time pedals to go back on to replace the DBR that are just on to get me riding.
Salsa Ala Carte Sunn Total
Salsa Moto Rapido Klein Pulse