Thanks chaps, both comments are greatly appreciated, especially from the joint maestro's.
Adrian: I NEVER alter frames, it is an absolute no-no to me which started when I began customising motorbikes, sometimes based on original older frames.
In the case of the DB, it was easy to work around the canti hangar, especially as I chose to use the Direct Curve v-brakes.
As for the Concorde, it is SRAM Force, with Rival shifters as I got sick of being outbid by nuppence on Force levers.
Today's ride was a bit of a last minute thing when we found that me oss had lost a shoe. So instead of four legs, I chose two wheels.
Carl: I cannot say how at home I immediately felt on the DB. There is no shock from the back end, the Pace forks suit the front, it climbs, it brakes, it tracks perfectly and you only have to think about taking a certain line, and you're on it.
I fancy the rest of the stable are going to gather dust for a while, even my beloved Yates 853 (too modern for this bit of the forum).
No wonder the DB is considered to be the best (British) mtb, it really is something special.... but then you already know that
Next trip will most likely be to the FoD, where I am meeting a man about something.... erm modern that you won't approve of
"Try not to punch any clowns"