First post, been lurking for a few days and decided it's time to break cover.
I've decided to restore my 1996 Zaskar to a state where I'm not ashamed or making excuses for it, having had it festering in the garage for a good few years (perhaps 2001-ish).
It's built from the ashes of my 1995 Marin Bear Valley SE, which met its end wrapped around a tree in the summer of 1996, and is a mixture of nice bits (Pace MXCD, XT V brakes) and whatever I didn't manage to break/wear-out from the Marin's original componentry. A bit of a mongrel then.
It's always been a workhorse of a bike to me, and I've never been overly precious about it, which will continue post-restoration.
With that in mind I had intended to upgrade to a modern tranmission (shifters, mechs, chainset, wheels - the lot), but then stumbled upon this site and I'm no longer so sure...
As a 16 year old I never had the cash for the shiny bits I really admired on other people's Zaskars, and seeing some people's projects here has got me hankering after Race Face cranks, Ringle stems etc.
Anyhow, here's some pictures of it in its current state - I'd welcome any recommendations or opinions on the advantages/drawbacks of the older tranmissions (prob XT level to be in keeping with the frame?), and any thoughts on a colour scheme. I've seen a similar frame with purple anodised bits that looked really nice (apologies, can't find the thread now) and might be leaning towards that right now...