After 3 years this thing is finally done. I am completely happy with it. Lots of things went wrong but it came together as I had envisioned. As we know, these were only available as a frame and I wanted to give it the credit and respect it deserved by doing a clean, comprehensive build. For components, I wanted to nod to the innovative boutique builders of the time, namely white industries, who, similarly to ibis, thought outside the box to come up with a better mousetrap. The LMDS system perfectly suits the frame I think, as the twin cables reinforce the twin tubes. The bike is also a bit of a love letter to the Rock Shox Judy..
I rode it briefly today and it definitely does have a magic carpet ride to it!
Headset: Chris King
Stem: Ibis Titanium
Handlebar: Ibis Titanium
Grips: Grip Shift
Brakes: Avid Arch Supreme
Brake Levers: Paul
Shifters: White Industries LMDS
Front Derailleur: M950 XTR
Rear Derailleur: White Industries LMDS
Cassette: M950 XTR
Crank Bolts: ActionTec Titanium
Chainrings: ActionTec Titanium
Chainring bolts: ActionTec Titanium
Bottom Bracket: UN-91
Pedals: Crank Bros
Hub Skewers: Control Tech Titanium
Rims: Campagnolo Atek Polished 32hole
Hubs: White Industries
Spokes: DT Swiss
Tyres: Ritchey megabite Zmax 1.9
Fork: Rock Shox Judy with Paul Crown, Dengler Brace, Risse Racing Damper, Ti Hardware. Custom Painted Legs
Saddle: Flite Titanium
Seatpost Binder: Titanium
I have searched for this bike for years. Several mediums have come up, but I (a giant) needed a large. Also, I wanted one with the v brake bosses still intact as I intend to do a period correct build.
The bike has many issues but none a big deal for me...cracked Chris King hub bearing, leaky fox 5R, mismatched shifters, mismatched brakes..SUPER lame fork...but that will all be addressed.
This winter I will send out the frame to Steve Potts for a refinish and new decals, (NO disc tab) and build it up with mostly nos or close 950 XTR, 1998 SID, etc. Ill keep the Chris King Hubs and get a matching avid arch for the front...It will be sick.