Takes me back...
Hoping to do a resto much like that.. was it hard?
Hey thanks. It wasn't too hard, there was a lot of cleaning involved and then a lot of polishing but I definitely recommend autosol - it works miracles. I didn't do anything amazing to the bike like some other forum members.
The thing about Zaskars is its pretty easy to make them look good with little effort so whatever suits your time and budget should give you something you are happy with.
But the main thing about Zaskars is that they are a legendary ride so as for the restoration I didn't want to fork out a tonne of money like I know is possible on these rebuilds so I went for as simple and as close to original as possible so I could ride it.
I basically replaced the two bits on the bike that needed to be replaced (rear mech and shifter) and then just got it to a working state with cables and servicing. I want to ride the bike (for now) so I didn't do anything to the bike that I would regret getting dirty, except perhaps Gil M's decals which look amazing and I don't want to scratch up. I know that if I want to do a full mint up I can do that in future.
I actually rode it on the trails in the weekend. Things I noticed
- It is FAST. I was rolling a Maxxis Ardent front tyre and a ADvantage on the rear (I have a Crossmark for summer) which helped with the speed but it definitely goes.
- It throws you around a bit but is a fun ride. The narrow handlebars make it a bit jumpy and really responsive.
- You are quite far forward in a racing position which is pretty different to the upright style of modern day mountain bikes.
- Its old so you need to trust your riding, not the brakes and components.
- It climbs like a beast!
Unfortunately I was having some gear slipping issues while in the smallest ring which I need to get sorted. Think it might be the chain stretching and then getting put back on round the wrong way. I don't want to replace the cassette and chain.