Right, so MM is on the horizon. It would be a bit of a shame to ride it on my Specialized Epic amongst teams of retro bikes, so I've decided to put together a budget retro bike for general use as well as for MM.
I was going to pick this up first time round, but had a change of heart. When it came back up for sale I couldn't pass on it. I think it'll be a 1997/8 Stumpjumper frame, but not 100% sure. Fairly sure it'll be a Stumpy frame with it having the gussets and the 'S' logo on the top tube one.
I think colour wise I'll paint it Red with White decals, think it's a great scheme to suit a Specialized.
I've got a shed full of bits and pieces, so the plan is to use as many parts as I can that I have 'in stock' to keep the costs down as low as possible. Just done a quick rummage through what I have and the spec is looking to be:
Frame: Specialized Aluminium
Stem: Specialized - Not sure whether to go O/S or normal.
Brake Levers: Chrome Avid SD 2.0
Shifters: SRAM X7 (9 speed)
Cranks: Specialized Strongarm (5 arm)
Wheels: Shimano LX (black) hubs on Silver Mavic 217 rims
So got a few bits to pick up, but there's plenty of time! Think the bike needs some Manitou forks on it which were specced on Stumpy's of this kind of age, maybe go Red again.
Good to have a project to play with and nice to have a goal race/ride for it down the line.
"The things you own, end up owning you."