I decided that as it rides more like a light nimble steel frame, I would highlight its characteristics with thinner tyres and even lighter components. This will become a really fast cross country bike, that will stay away from trail parks! I have sold the Titanium Titec stem, and thrown away the Mongo headset. The stem is currently using a Titec alloy job, until I can find a Ti one I like, and I've put a logoless King headset in place.
Looking around it though, there are 33 bolts that can put upgraded to Ti or alloy, which I will get around to.
After the destruction of the Mavic rim, I managed to source another in Germany, that actually came with a Pace hub. I pondered with the idea of sending the wheel to the wheelbuilders for its new rim, but never got around to it. I guess it wasn't a priority as I had a spare set of ceramic rims on Hope hubs to be getting on with.
The more I thought about sending wheels to someone else, the more it made me want to have a go myself.
I followed some simple rules and had a go...
Damaged rim detail
I split the new rim from its snowflaked build into a Pace hub, and taped it to the old.
Started with the non-drive side, as it would be easier for the drive side spokes to came over later, due to the angle. I had to replace a couple of alloy nipples as they were wasted. I oiled every nipple, and seat, as I went along.
Once all the spokes were brought over and tensioned, I needed a jig!
A little logical thinking and I went in search of an idle Marin Mount Vision rear end...
I had to use lightbulb box lids cut into arrows and sellotaped on for guidance. Worked a treat.
Once back on the bike, it needed a little pulling over to the drive side, and it was done. All in, it took about an hour and a bit. I have put Continental Cross Country 1.5's on now, so should be rapid. I will post a picture of its new guise fairly soon, but understand the stem is temporary.
I was so pleased with my first step towards wheel building. I am going to get a proper jig and build some wheels from scratch now.
Everybody should try it!
Up in Gisburn forest before the changes in tyres and stem...
1990 Marin Team Titanium, 1991 Marin Team Titanium, 1993 Marin Team Titanium, 1994 Marin Titanium FRS, 1995 Marin Team Titanium, 1995 Marin Eldridge Grade, 1996 Marin Team Titanium, 1998 Marin DH FRS, 1999 Marin Team Titanium, 1999 Marin Mt. Vision Pro, 2000 Marin East Peak, 2002 Marin Mount Vision
1988 Concorde Colombo, 1997 Colnago Master Olympic, 2005 Look KG481-SL, 2009 Look 586
WANTED: Marin Titanium - pre 1990, 1996 FRS, 2007 25th anniversary