heres how it started... (not my pic)
the picture really doesnt do how bad a condition the paint work was in... it was AWFUL! really flaky and shoddy stickers peeling off..
and the second i unwrapped it.. the shock leaked oil EVERYWHERE!
I had the frame soda blasted.. but due to the AWFUL blue paint on the rear triangle it was going to be too many £££ to get that blasted off too.. so i did that myself with some paint stripper..
took soooooooo long to fully clean up..
Then i hand polished the rear... and got the front triangle powder coated in satin black..
Brand new bearing / axle kit as they where shot too..
the seat stay brace was pretty knackered as well... so i made a new one of those out of a sheet of Aluminium i had..
i originally built up the bike for me to ride... with some Z1's an 80mm stem and triple chainrings up front (and it had an RP23 on it at that time)
blurriest picture ever!
but after my other half rode it... it quickly became her bike..! as it was like.. 'riding on a cloud' compared to her old Stumpjumper Hardtail!
i rode it a couple more times..
Test ride with a Marzocchi Roco Shock.. (didnt work.. damping all wrong!)
Test ride in the snow with the 80mm Bombers from my Rockhopper.. (works really well with 80mm forks!)
and here it is being ridden in its current guise..
The fork is an 80mm 1996 Judy DH.. but only has internals in one leg.. a Medium Kronos spring and a New Judy Damping cartridge ..
the other leg is empty apart from a cutdown dummy leg (to save weight) that just acts as a top out bumper on that side
works really well for the light rider!
The X-Fusion shock works really well with the frame too as it has a quite light compression damping tune, which is essential on this frame due to its low leverage ratio.. and the air spring is great too as it allows the low spring weight required for a lighter rider.. as well as being adjustable should i ever want to put the Z1's and longer stem back on and ride it myself!