Cheers for that, read it in depth and it's helped a lot, think I'm going to oil and lube everything now I've got an idea what I'm doing and possibly new pads instead of the 2 year old at the very least, if not original pads.
So today I've done a lot, inspired by a trip to MetaMatt (who btw didn't get old skool builds when I met him has now got 2 old steel bikes
nice ones at that
) I've bought a set of slx and ayura (Sp) wheels, swapped the freehub body to one that'll fit a 9 speed cassette on (didn't tell me that did you matt?
) as well as the chain off another bike and a shifter I had stockpiled.
So it's now running cantis, 3x9 (possibly 2x9 soon.......), and maxis minion dh tyres (inspired by that - a classic bike for everyday Marin with it's aggressive tyres on)
Looks good, feels good, going to see how it rides tomorrow and will try to get some snaps to