In the last 2 weeks I've been getting 3 PMs from people asking if I abandonned the project and would like to sell them the frame. So it's about time I posted an update.
I got sidetracked by the purchase and overhaul of that 503, but now I'm back on track.
- New (2011 model) Tora TK with poplock
- New CK Devolution headset ( 1 1/4 to 1 1/8 inch )
- As-new X-Lite Angelo stem
- NOS Club Roost top cap because I don't like the look of the CK one.
- NOS Club Roost riser bar (the silver one)
- As-new Club Roost riser bar (the blue one)
- New Alexrims DX32 rims
I haven't figured out which handlebar to use. I guess the bike itself will decide that once I start to build it.
The fork will need to be lowered by 50mm, but that won't be as easy as I thought.
I'm therefore thinking about purchasing a second-hand (or NOS) V-brake compatible Reba and turning the 2 of them into a single franken-fork.
I said earlier that I was planning on a full XTR set, but it'll probably be an XT-XTR mix.
The black XT cranks will suit the bike better than the XTR. Also the XT cassette will last a lot longer.
As for the rims, they are indeed wide. 39mm to be precise.
It'll be a tight fit, as the Maguras weren't designed with these rims in mind. I might have to make custom adapters for them.
I probably won't be posting any updates before January, mainly because my next purchase will be a set of CK hubs. Those things don't come cheap
The frame will also be painted in January ... if I can find a paintshop where they can get the old painted-on decals off without resorting to sandblasting. The frame walls are a bit too thin for that.