96 Zaskar - at last!

Hi all,

I was asked earlier this year by the Mrs what I would like for my 40th, my reply of a Zaskar frame didn’t go down too well considering at the time I had half a dozen bikes in the garage.
Anyway, after explaining that I always wanted one when younger but could never afford one, it just seemed an ideal time to scratch the itch.
So in May this year I received the frame which just brought so many memories flooding back from my early years, I was ecstatic!

Unfortunately I had other “projects” that I was in the middle of and I was still trying to source parts while ensuring it was a “self financing” build, which, so far other than the frame itself, it is. I don’t know how long that will last for though to be honest!

So, this is the frame. Overall good condition and polished quite well. It’s a 96, the decals are rough which I’m not bothered about as I’m changing them for new ones.

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I had a un71 bottom bracket in great condition which is buttery smooth and the right size. Also an FSA orbit headset. The saddle was sourced off another GT as was the seatpost - the post will be changed at some point.

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Also as part of this “self financing” the wheels are mavic 317 rims on xt 737 hubs that have come up really well.
Really lucked out coming across a few pairs of nos megabites and finally get to put them on a build.
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Now, I’m at a stage of the build which I understand will be controversial. I have some Rockshox Recon forks that are in good shape and are real plush. I have wound them up to the lowest setting of 85mm travel to keep them similar to other forks of late 90’s. I know that the axle to crown measurement will be longer than normal but I quite like the look.
I am in a dilemma though and want opinions, do I stick with these or go with a set of mag 21’s which are in great shape?
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Opinions please….even if they are harsh!

thanks!
 
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