So glad I found this forum as I am beginning a project on my '91 Specialized Rockhopper. My first MTB from my younger days, so sentimental attachment, but the frame fits me perfect. It originally came with FS air/oil, but blew out the bladder &, in my ignorance, didn't realize it could be repaired at the time. So, had someone fashion this horrible rigid just so I could use for cummuter. Now that other more pressing issues have been resolved (like buying a house....with a workshop!), I can begin this project & would appreciate any advice you folks could offer...
1- have a Manitou 3 with 1/18" steerer tube...can it be replaced with a crown containing 1" steerer tube?
2- considering making this a one-speed for DH. Is this advisable? Or should I consider complete refurb with multi-speed?
3- Is there a possibility at all of making this disc brake by changing the wheels?
4- how available are shcoks with 1" steer tubes?
As you can see, I've got my work cut out for me just because of my ignorance. But this project is meant to serve 2-fold purpose: allow me to acquire knowledge on building/maintaining a bike as well as provide me with a sentimental bike I can be proud of...especially since I am living smack in the middle of some of the best MTB trails on east coast! Look forward to learning from you folks & thanks for providing this forum.