i had a bit of a fiddle last night and the result is this...
the forks are a mix of judy sl, xc and xe and i am amazed that i managed to get them back together again.
i wanted to use the sl lowers but i had to use the xe damper unit and the bolt was too big to go throught he hole in the sl leg and i didnt really want to start drilling.
brakes are some trusty shimano v's, nothing fancy but they work well.
swapped the wheels and tyres so i'm now running mavic crosslands. the reason for this is that i plan to use a sprocket bolted onto the disc rotor mounting to make it a fixed wheel after the drop outs have been replaced. i will be using it with a freewheel as well so i needed a disc hub with a rim brake rim. these fit the bill perfectly and were an ebay bargain so i am happy.
i expected them to be a lot lighter than the ritchey/dx/kenda tyre set up but they are only about 50 grammes less.
tyres are probably not staying, sounds like i'm being a tart but i'm really not keen on how they look.
took a complete link out of the chain and corrected the chainline when i swapped the wheels. i think there is just enough tension to run it without the tensioner but i'm leaving it on for now - better safe than sorry.
tomorrow will be the decider if it gets chopped or not. i'm liking the ride for the few miles i've done but i just want to be certain before i render it worthless. assuming it is a keeper, my plans are...
fit the surly drop outs, remove unnecessary cable stops.
repaint. thinking a gulf blue frame/orange fork at the minute but subject to change
paint race face turbine cranks to match or contrast forks
sort out fixed sprocket and decide on a gear ratio
service judy sl damper so i can put the sl legs back on
source some bling v brakes. i'd love the kcnc ones but my mrs would kill me!
possibly swap the risers for my syntace 9 decree carbon bars
paint the stem black to match seatpost
swap tyres for ??
your thoughts and criticisms are most welcome