Thanks for your really complete reply, Cyfa.
As you say, no brake mounts. I hadn't heard of the adaptor until you mentioned it. Will research it a bit further, and will post a pic of my dropouts - at least would be good to know what my options are. That said, I'm not wildly phased by a V brake on the rear. It's nice to have the extra stopping power up front, though.
I think you're right. I don't think the forks are bad enough to change. I really like them, except for it all looks a bit crazy - they ride fine, except for maybe being a little soft.
I'm certain there weren't any spacers in the spring stack but am off to consult the service document again. I didn't totally understand previously whether the idea was they were 'trapped' within the spring stack, or whether they were 'loose' and separate. Will check.
I suppose the only remaining thing is how much I'm worried about the oil leak. Maybe be a spare set of 'spares' forks would be a good idea.
The bad news is some of my remaining budget has to go on cheap bits on a second bike. LOL! I couldn't resist it!
But more news anon. And the new bike doesn't need too much. It does, though, unfortunately need some forks, which kind of basically means the Judys are staying for the forseeable future
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