Had exactly that bike and put Marzocchi Z3’s on it in blue. Set it off a treat
That sounds like a nice bike! Would you be able to post up a couple of photos?I have a 96 stamped Zaskar frame but they are meant for sale the following year so I consider mine a 97.I have full m950 with 97 Z2 Bams,Azonic World Force bars,Cattlehead stem and its a peach,a keeper.
A medium or long cage depending upon what cassette you run - e.g. 11-28 should be fine with a medium.For an 8 speed set up, as it is currently, do I need a long cage or short cage rear mech?
also, what diameter front DR does the 96 Zaskar use?
From research I think I need a 73mm BB shell and a 107 mm spindle, unless anyone knows any different?
do the XT/XTR BB’s usually Come with the axle, or is it a case of me buying a BB then sourcing the correct sized axle.
Many thanks for the reply Ishaw. I was under the impression that with a little adjustment of the mech’s you can run a 9 speed set up with an 8 speed cassette. However I am very much out of the loop on all this!You won't be able to run 9sp shifters with 8sp cassette, but all you'll need to do is swap out the cassette for a 9sp one and you'll be good to go.
If you need one, I have a few, not m952 though, but top end sram.
Pricing on m95x stuff is pretty strong, especially if in good condition. Cranks upwards of £100 if little to no heel rub, bbs 50 ish or more, brakes 75, levers upwards from 50. Sunset rims are pretty sought after so command a hefty price if little brake wear, hubs can go for 100 plus a pair.
It is the best retro xtr in my opinion.
Nothing wrong with not going period correct in my book, use m952 on most of my retro builds. Vs just work better and have cleaner lines than cantis, though you do end up with unused canti mounts on frames and forks. No biggie, but some will disagree I'm sure.
Your build plan sounds great if you can get it all for a decent price.