I'll need to dig this one back out.
The frame is just a couple of months away from turning 10 years old.
It has seen way more punishment than love over the last couple of years. I really need to take better care of her.
The question is how, though. The first thing I need to change is the fork. This one is dead. Can't blame it after 7 or 8 years that included bashing it down Downhill tracks, which clearly was not it's intended use. The rear has 120mm of travel. The Vanilla has 125 and that worked fine.
The frame is not exactly light and so it wouldn't make sense to try and turn this into a race steed, especially since I don't race. It really should be more of a trail bike.
I was looking at the Fox TALAS
that can be adjusted between 140 and 110mm, so 15 more and 15 less than the current one. IMO that makes sense.
Unfortunatly it's sorta expensive and won't work with my current wheelset.
With a new wheelset I'd have to decide if I wanted to keep regular derailleurs or put in a Rohloff speedhub. The frame has cable routing for both. That would put me about where a nice complete bike starts. Finding a deal on a fork seems pretty much impossible, too, since nowadays everything seems to have a tapererd steerer.
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