Ok, rode it home across London last night, behaved pretty well. On first quick inspection, it needs a damn good clean.
BB turned smoothly, transmission needs a bit of fettling but basically ok, headset felt smooth. Couple of rusty bolts and fixings, there's even some travel left in the forks, and the stickers on the lowers aren't too badly scuffed. Front hub is some nasty new number, apparently the rim shredded through earlier this year. Would like to get a matching front wheel to the back, or at the very least build it back up with a matching LX hub.
The main issue is really with the paintwork. As you can see here, there is a strange 'marbling' markings under the lacquer. Anyone know what this is down to?
Apart from that its got a Ritchy comp stem, X-lite Xcountry risers in non-matching ano purple
Shimano Deore LX 'Mega 9' groupset, those servo-wave brake levers:
RS Judy XC 'Long Travel' (80mm) in farily ok condition:
Tange Infinity tubing:
Don't know how likely am I to find the old Suntour 9-speed gruppo to get it back to original condition?
Any advice from those more experienced gratefully received!