I couldn't live with a frame that's just too big for me. So sadly I have moved the frame on to a new (and very happy) owner. I thoroughly enjoyed the process of renovating and updating this old frame.
So onto a new renovation project.......!
Fortunately I found a 18" '96 Lava Dome which had already had disk tabs added. The tabs arent as pretty as the fillet brazed one on my 19" but I'm working on making them a bit more pleasing to the eye. The new frame still had its canti mounts too so they are gone. I just need to finish smoothing the welds and then it'll be going off for a re-spray. Oh, I want to have some proper hose guides too. might have a bash at brazing myself.
Some pics to follow..
Not only is the frame 1" lower and 1/2" shorter but the geometry seems slightly different too. By holding the 18" up against the 19" it looks like the headtube is slightly steeper which is great as I have 80mm travel forks. Also the BB seems a tad further forward (and lower) and the chainstays a touch longer. Think this is a 'Mountain shock' version.
No idea if the new frame is lighter but it should be at least 1/4lb less and I can loose a bit of steerer tube too for a few more grams saved. Apart from the rough condition I'm really happy with it.
At the moment I'm still thinking White but might do something different with the forks. The spay job was crap on the forks and has already started chipping around the dropouts. They didn't strip the old paint before re-spraying them. The idea I have in mind is 99 style decals done in a pastel blue to match the frame decals. For the frame its going to be 96 Kilauea decals with the 97 blue colour rather than grey.
I'm hoping to add more Rasta detail to the bike too. Just little subtle things like bolts and stuff.
I also got a new 160mm 5 bolt rotor for the front brake. Now the front and rear match
Did a 'mock up' of how the bike might look in 18" using cut and paste in MS paint (ignore the seatstays!