I have some project 2’s off my old ’98 Lava Dome, found them last night so want to fit them to this as the current shocks are knackered. Would it be possible to do this. I’m a complete novice at this bike building stuff! I have a leisure lakes nearby, is the safe bet to take it to them?
Gears – Is it possible to change my thumb shifters (deore LX I think) to some rapid fire ones and then change the cables. Is it that simple?
I imagine that the Shockblades can't be repaired as you can't get replacement elastomers.
The easiest fix would be if your dad still has the original 1992 Project 2 that came with the bike. If that is lost then you could use the 98 P2, but it isn't totally simple, as it has an ahead steerer so you might need to replace the threaded headset and the quill stem with ahead items.
Another option would be to convert the 98 P2 to threaded. You don't say what size it is, but it looks from the photos as though the bike may be a size 16 with an 11cm head tube? In which case for a threaded fork it needs a c14cm steerer tube. As the 98 P2 has a steel steerer, it will take a thread, so it would just be a matter of getting a decent bike shop to cut the ahead steerer down to 14cm and cut a thread in it.
Whether Leisure Lakes is the kind of place to take it, I wouldn't know. I would think a small independent with a competent proprietor would be cheaper and do better work.
I should say that the 98 P2 is slightly longer than a 92 P2, so not a perfect match, but TBH you'd hardly notice it and you just want to get going. I think threading the 98 P2 may be the best option, and cheaper than replacing the headset and stem (unless of course the headset is shot anyway, in which case that changes the equation).
You should be able to replace the thumbies with 7-speed Rapidfire. Others will disagree with your move though - which is a good thing as you can sell the thumbies to them on this website. You can still buy the superb STX Rapidfire from Chain Reaction http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=38698
And as you say, why not replace the cables while you're about it?
If you have no tools, you'll need allen keys and a cable cutter to do the job. The cable cutter isn't cheap but it is essential. You will also need spray lube and a flat screwdriver to remove the grips, so you can take the shifters off the bars. And borrow somebody's hairspray while she's not looking to glue the grips back on again. The STX should come with instructions about how to set them up with the front and rear mechs. It isn't a doddle, but it isn't difficult either, so if you've got any enthusiasm for doing it, just go for it.