Thinking I might paint this white. I like red and white, plus it saves me the chore of polishing it and will cover any welding. What do you think folks?
Big thanks to Mattbrown for this frame. It came to me with a couple of hairline cracks, one under the downtube and one very slight one behind the seat tube in the pivot area. I cleaned these up so that I could see the extent to them and, for the moment at least, i'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt. I'll do a couple of mild/medium rides and dust them when I get home to see if they have worsened. Any sign of further cracking and the Tig set will come out to play
The rear shock came less its spring and top cap. Karma was surely shining on me as an appropriate lenght and weight spring and top cap was sourced from a Scott octane shock which i'd taken a punt on for possible spares using the art of guesstimation.
I'm putting off any serious polishing until i'm sure i'm not going to need to weld it.
Assuming no other gremlins come light this will be my bike for MM this year.