Last summer I rebuilt my '99 Obed to race the Grand Raid Cristalp
in the Swiss Alps, which I had done for the first time ten years before with the very same bike. Well the frame at least, but I aimed to build as close to the original as I could with the parts I had on hand.
Here's what it looked like in August 1999 (next to my mate's 98 Zaskar LE):
And August 2009:
I had a great race with no mechanical issues whatsoever (except the rear Crossmax rim packing up before the race, forcing me to borrow a heavy replacement). The flimsy Sids were a handful though, especially on the crazy 10km last downhill. I could have done with a lockout too, and discs.
So for this year I decided to keep the same bike, since it's the best handling frame I've owned, but to rebuild it with modern parts I had on my full-susser. I have to say it doesn't look half as good as with the retro parts (I've kept a few though), but it's what it takes if I want to stand a chance to beat last year's time of 7h29.
I had the travel of the forks reduced from the original 100mm to 80, I haven't ridden the bike yet (cables missing as you can see), but will have by tomorrow. I hope the handling isn't affected too much. Despite the added weight from the forks and front disc, overall the weight is pretty much the same, with lighter wheels and groupset. I will probably fit a Ritchey carbon post I have, and maybe (sacrilege) replace the Ringlé stem to save some 90gm, if I can find a suitable 25.4mm stem (Rotor seems hard to find ..).
Frame: Litespeed Obed 16.5 1999
Bottle cage: King ti
Fork: Fox RL 80 2008
Headset: new King sotto voce
Stem: Ringlé Zooka 105mm
Handlebar: Easton Monkeylite
Grips: Ergon race
Barends: Post Moderne
Brakes: XTR (front disc M970 / rear VM950)
Brake Levers: XTR
Shifters: XTR M970
Front Derailleur: XTR M970
Rear Derailleur: XTR M970 Shadow
Cassette: XTR M970 12/32
Cranks: XTR M970 170mm
Bottom Bracket: XTR M970
Hub Skewers: Tune
Rims: Stans 355
Hubs: XTR M970
Nipples: DT alloy
Tyres: Schwalbe Nobby Nic / Racing Ralph ~ Conti Race King SS
Saddle: Flite Evo 3 - bit battered, needs some gluing ..
Seatpost: Syncros ti 27.2
Seatpost binder: Hope
Weight: +/- 9.5kg