I have an old MTB I picked up on Craigslist awhile back, and I haven't been using it as much as I like.
I'm pretty sure that its this old horse, the 1993 Giant ATX 780. I'd like some advice about what to do in the "is it worth my time and money" sense.
My original plan was to first replace the fork, and possibly rear wheel if I can find a disc fork that is compatible. I've been meaning to replace the stem for awhile now, because its the only thing that keeps the bike from fitting perfectly. Also, while I'm at it, I figure I should replace the shifters because the rear shifter sticks so bad that its almost unusable. Here are my impressions on these two main parts:
Fork: I'm pretty sure that I've got a 1" threaded headset, which doesn't seem to be an easy size to find from a cursory glance on ebay. My ideal fork has around 3" of travel and has disc tabs that are compatible with modern disc brakes, while still fitting my original frame.
Stem: There are a couple of great LBS's nearby that stock stems that will fit a threaded headset, so I'm not worried about finding an appropriate one.
Shifters: From another cursory glance on ebay, there seems to be no shortage of used or NOS 7-speed shifters that I could swap in pretty easily. If I can score a fork that lets me use disc brakes, I'll have to use the brake lever that comes with it for the front, which will rule out integrated brake/shifters. I've also thought about going to 8-speed (I'd just need a new cassette/chain right?), but then I'd have to replace more parts and spend more money.
If you have any advice, suggestions, or can help me sort out the compatibility issues here, don't hesitate to reply. Thank you.