Originally Posted by HillRider
Any significant rust or dents? Is the alignment good? Any of the threads (bb, derailleur hanger, brake mounting studs, etc.) damaged? Does it fit you well?.
Frame is in good condition with the usual cosmetic scratches and paint rub from cables, threads are good and frame appears and feel aligned.
The frame fits me perfectly and is quite an old fashioned steep xc bike. That is sort of where the problem is, over the years the trend has definitely been to move towards much more relaxed geometries with wider bars and shorter stems.
In some ways turning this bike into a singlespeed towpath and light trail bike would be perfect as it's quite a steep frame with quite a bit of seat to bar drop. In other ways it's completely not what I want as I'd quite light to start riding more technical trails where a relaxed frame and a more upright position would be useful.
It's feels like I should build this bike into a singlespeed and then save up for a more aggressive bike to accompany it. How I would get this past my wife is another matter, she's resigned to me spending £200 fixing it up but I don't think I could get £150 + £650 as a 'no problem honey' buying decision.
There may be a ray of hope as someone in my club has some 8/9 spd kit they might be able to give me or let me have for cheap, so I could do an interim build using secondhand parts and then get a fancy mtb next year. Although I was hoping to pick up an audax bike so that my 'cross bike could be returned to 'cross duties.