I have come to the conclusion that I really like the handling and ride of this bike. Maybe it's because it's a large frame and I usually ride smaller ones, or maybe it's just got the S factor, I don't know. Anyway, here is my dilemma. The way it's geared now, it's slightly too low for pure road and tootling to Chester or commuting and geared way too high for my local gloopy mud trails, don't like having an SS geared too low because you look and feel a twerp riding to your local trail and it takes forever. So the conclusion is I want to gear it and put this SS stuff back on the Parkpre when it's fixed.
I will use Deore thumbies and probably Deore front and rear mechs, but my dilemma is on the cranks. Think they need to be 110bcd rings, but all i have is some middleburn cranks (the early ones), initially I thought the tapered cranks (getting narrower toward the pedal end) would suit the Q21 forks as they taper too, then I thought would it be too much bling for a deore equipped Tufftrax? (Deore was the OE spec for '92)
Or should I just keep it SS? Or 1x8?