So, I've been busy and the Hustler is now wearing a few new bits, with some more to come.
- I scored a pair of Fox F32 RLCs for the princely sum of £97
, so the RC40s have been sold.
- The RP3 rear shock (180 x 45) has been replaced by a slightly longer RP23 (190 x 54), so the rear travel has been increased.
- The disc rotors have been changed to some Alligator Windcutters (see the pic below).
I had to get an adaptor for the forks so that I could use my IS mount brakes. My first port of call was Evans Cycles in Cardiff, who managed to sell me the wrong adaptor, despite me showing them a photo of the caliper and showing them the actual fork I wanted to mount it to. But the less said about those glorified sales reps the better.
I've now sourced the correct adaptor from CRC (getting an adaptor to fit an IS caliper to a post mount fork isn't easy!). The only trade-off was that the adaptor required me to get a 20mm larger disc rotor. So now I'll be running a 203 front, 160 rear. I bought a pair of Windcutter rotors so that they matched
I'm toying with the idea of having the frame soda blasted, re-decaled and clear laquered. I wouldn't mind doing the same with the fork lowers & crown but can't be doing with the faff of taking them apart and putting them back together again!
Here are a couple of pictures of the bike as it is for now. I'm waiting on the new rotors to arrive, as well as the brake adaptor. As you can see, the longer rear shock has hardly made a difference to the angles
Sorry about the picture quality - I had to compress them quite a bit!