agreed - keep it original!! just need some xt shifters to go with it, as well as a short cage rear mech!!!
I'm trying to keep the cost relatively low this time around (I need to start small before moving onto the expensive builds - the wife'll kill me otherwise! She already thinks I slightly mental) so I'll probably stick with the LX shifter/lever combo that's on there and then maybe keep an eye out for some XT ones in the future. I haven't really got to the mechs yet but the same applies really - I'll change it if I have to...
This time out I thought I'd give the wheels a seeing to and was very pleased to find that the front hub had simply been over tightened and that the bearing and cones were all in great condition (not ruined as I feared). Some toothbrush and Gunk (great stuff but stinks to high heaven!) action brought it back to its shiney best, and the purple skewer gives it that 90s chic! The rear was a different matter. The bearings all need replacing and the cones could be better.
Most annoying though is that the freehub needs replacing - I only threw away an unused 7 speed freehub about a month ago thinking that I would never have a need for it! DAMN YOU RETROBIKE! So a new one was ordered (that's £20 I could have saved) and it's just arrived, meaning I can finish building up the rear wheel.
Next I thought I'd quickly whip out the bottom bracket. How wrong I was.
The teeth in the plastic non-drive side cup sheared off before it moved. Great.
After combining all the extender bars in my socket set I was able to make something that gave enough leverage to get the drive-side to unscrew. Once that was out it was time for some judicious use of a hacksaw blade to put a couple of cuts in the plastic cup (being careful to avoid cutting the actual bottom bracket threads) and then levering out the smaller section before doing the same with the larger bit.
Final order of the day was the cassette. I split it down into its constituent parts and it cleaned up a treat - it'll look great mounted back on the wheel!
So far all of the original components are in such good condition (with the exception of the bottom bracket, chain and cables) that they don't need replacing!
Any suggestions on some good 1.9(ish)" lightweight tyres? I'm thinking about some Panaracer Fire XCs.
'92 Marin Eldridge Grade
'92 Kona Fire Mountain (work in progress)
'99 Kona Cinder Cone (stolen twice, rescued twice)
'06 Orange 5 Pro XT (my main off-road squeeze)
'08 Specialized Rockhopper Disc (the wife's bike)