Hiya mate - thanks for your input...
Dude, if you knew the hours I've binted away on Bikepedia trying to place the damned thing. It ain't there, or on the Giant archives - though I have realised that, like the true muppet that I am, I didn't include a close up of the frame decal, which says World Cup Team.
I don't think it's the ATX which I had think had disk mounts - there's certainly no mention of ATX anywhere.
So is it possible its the 'team issue' bike - that is, not on general sale?
Spacers - don't know. What would they look like?
You're right the J2s came in 80/100/120 - I don't really know how to 'measure' travel, but if the moveable fork inner travelled 125mm into the down section, there would be about 35mm of visible stanchion left. This doesn't sound outrageous to me - it just looks so so wrong to me.
I could change the spring stack to 80mm but the parts are long since unavailable, I guess? And I was coming to think that maybe it wasn't worth it - maybe 'better forks' is the answer? But maybe not..?
M absolute budget for the rest of the bike for the foreseeable future is £100. I could blow the lot on forks (SIDs? Flexy? My missus has the new ones on her 2010 Giant X1 Anthem, but I gather that avoided the old issues?). That said, all I've done so far is transport the junk parts from her knackered old Diamondback, so the spec is all Acera, etc.
The front chainrings are missing about 5% of their teeth - they would stand replacing, and I have visions of changing it to 9 speed, though I can hardly say it's essential.
The bars DEF need changing - I love the look of flat bars, but the seat post is already past its extension and is a tiny bit too short for me (on the road - off-road, the bike's perfect => 17.5", and I'm 5' 10").
I can change little
things in the future - a tenner here, a tenner there - but my absurdly over budget wedding
in a month's time means I've gotta be realistic about this bike, which - hand on heart - started out as a cheap replacement for a crap bike with the hope that it would be marginally less crap, and is becoming an obsession!!
So part of the tough job for me is prioritising my remaining £100 - where would I see most bang per buck. Didn't say I have a front wheel with disc brake on the way (outside of £100), and know that I have to stick with V brake out back as there are no disc brake mounts...