Once upon a time, this particular ride was my very first full suspension bike and the love of my life. Shortly after I got her she got a new rear triangle, new wheels, and disc brakes. After several very happy and confidence inspiring years, I upgraded to a 2001 Cannondale Jekyll for added help on the climbs. The disc brakes and wheels were swapped between the bikes and the Super V was delivered to the youngest son with the understanding that he would take care of it.
The years went by, stuff happened, and we were told to come repossess the bike this summer. When I saw her again for the first time, I almost cried! My stealthy paint job was trashed, the rear shock was shot, all the cables were frozen, the bottom bracket was crunchy, there was damage to the frame, and she looked like CRAP! The following pics show just some of the damage that has been wrought on my "beastie".
Fortunately, we have a previously rebuilt shock that will fit it and I had disc rims (Mavic 117) and hubs (XT) to build up. Hubby found some Shimano mechanical disc brakes with Avid levers and an XT crank with 175mm arms as the one on it currently are 180mm. I ordered Jagwire cables and housings (still waiting on the shift kit). Here's the shiny new bits and the wheels I built.
I started the tear-down/clean-up process this week:
After today's work:
Yucky, yucky bottom bracket....ewwwwwww.
The derailleurs cleaned up really nicely with some scrubbing. A quick lube job means they're functioning perfectly.
The only things left still to be removed are the pivot bearings in the swing arm and the 1.5 to 1 1/8 adapters and headset cups in the frame. Since we don't have bearing or headset removal tools, I let hubby deal with these rather than risk trashing the bearings and cups.
Now I have some choices to make and would like some input: do I try to preserve most of the original paint, do I have it repainted to replicate the original look, or do I get a custom paint job? I'm considering getting the custom paint to match this (black frame, flames on downtube to bottom bracket, green swing arm):
What would the biker Bears do?
My next conundrum concerns the drivetrain: keep the original SRAM Attack grip shifters and XT rear derailleur, or switch to SRAM X.5 triggers with an X.7 rear? (This just happens to be what we have hanging out as extra parts right now).
Let me know what you think!
I'll update the story and pics as the summer and rebuild progresses.