I am new here and although I am a lifelong rider/bike lover I have never ventured much into resto'/rebuild.
I currently ride a 2011 Claud B Cape Wrath as my everyday bike, I know it might divide opinion, and might be slightly on the heavy side but I really like it, unfortunately it spends most of its time on my road tires going to and from work, but hey ho. I do get to make it really filthy muddy every now and then.
Any how, more interestingly:
I have recently been given (by a complete stranger, bizarrely) a Saracen 'Forcetrax'.
I have been hammering the web to try and find out as much as possible about it with little to no luck. What I have found out is that it is probably a 1996 model and that it looks virtually identical to a 1996 Saracen Backtrax.
Anyhow, I think it looks pretty cool and have got a real itch to renovate and modify for the missus into a decent bike for doing cycle tracks and stuff with her and little one. (I have a Avenir Avon bike trailer for him, its absolutely wicked!)
So my question to you good folk is: What info can you provide me with on this bike?
Thanks in advance...
And any opinions on what I should do with it?
I was thinking:
Strip paint, respray in original colour or slightly more metallic.
Put some V brakes on from an old GT I've got sitting around.
Either re-spoke the wheels, or pop some new ones on, I've got some with Deore hubs and Mavic X-317 rims... (more inclined to re-spoke I think to keep it slightly more original).
New saddle and seat post.