Curse you all ... now I'm interested in it again and throwing money at it ...
I did some more searching and EBC has a model of brake shoes that might fit, so I just ordered a pair of those. Fingers crossed.
Also, after a long conversation with one of the mechanics at my nearest LBS (to decide if it's worth keeping or if I should just sell it), he and his boss had a look at it and decided that the problem isn't as much in the rear as I thought it was. Of the 4cm misalignment, they reckon 3cm is in the front.
They may be right ...
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The above pics don't reveal much IMO. However the one below does.
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It's clear that the front wheel and seat tube are not at the same angle. Not even close in fact.
According to my mechanic, the bend in the fork is the culprit here. it's too weak to take the stress of serious off-roading. A few hard landings will make it bend inwards, which is exactly how it's pointing.
I think I'm going to try the bike with a regular fork first, to see just how much that improves things. Then I can make up my mind on how to proceed.
I could sell it, put a regular fork on it or get this one straightened out and hope for the best. Perhaps I could bring it into the 21st century by putting a Lefty on it.
Or maybe I could trick my mind into remembering which of our French members knew Michel Laïti himself and perhaps get in touch with him to try and score a new fork.
So all in all, it's not for sale just yet.
First task is to find a cheap threaded 1" fork with a 135mm steerer length (thread included). That's going to be a fun task. threadless won't do, I'm not going to be buying and swapping headsets just for a quick test.
So here we go again ...