Please find my mint 97 Cindercone pics attached following full rebuild. All original paint.
I purchased her a few months ago from Chayanderson on here (top bloke) and must say she was in great shape but just needed a few tweeks to bring her back up to the mark.
In addition to a full nut by nut stripdown and rebuild I did this:
1/replace Kona Race Lite bars with more comfortable Amoeba risers
2/replace standard Avid V brakes with better quality period Shimano XT M739 V brakes and LX levers
3/new inner and outer cables fitted
4/standard silver mounting bolts replaced with matt black ones
5/standard tyres replaced with Charge Splashback 2.1 skinwalls
6/Indy XC forks replaced with Judy SL's which were professionally repainted and fully stripped and rebult (with a little help on here from GT Steve - top bloke!)inc addition of new Kronos springs from USA (elastomers are shite!) and recond alloy damper (replacing leaking plastic one). New fork decals also added.
7/Worn middle ring replaced with a new gold Vuelta 32T alloy replacement (v light and high quality feel, off Ebay!)
8/chain and cassette replaced with modern SRAM parts
9/original pedals replaced with modern Shimano M520 SPD's
10/STX RC long cage r/mech replaced with period XT M739 med cage
11/hubs rebuilt and bearings replaced
12/headset replaced with modern Cane Creek S2 (lovely quality feel)
As you can see I not gone for a full out and out purist build with some consumables being replaced with more superior quality modern parts in subtle areas with a view of function over fashion if it improves the ride with little visual impact. Any origonal parts removed have been retained in storage.
Now the dilemma!
She is soooooo clean and not yet ridden that I dont know whether to ride her or hide her!
Garage Queen or Fun Machine?
I know Cindercones arent exacty rare exotica but frightened to get this minter dirty!
I have modern bikes to hit the big trails with and would only use her in dry weather (what's that!) so will ponder this decision over weekend.