I have a couple vintage/classic/old MTB questions: The first has to do with what models to keep my eyes out for. When I bought my touring bike, I narrowed down the field to mid-80s sport tourers like the Schwinn Voyageur, Miyata 1000, Trek 520, etc., and am very pleased with my '88 Voyageur rebuild. So, now that I am thinking about getting an old mtb to play with (I have a FS bike already), I'm not sure where the best values/quality lie. I have a thing for triple-triangle GTs, since that was my first MTB back in 1991, though I can't recall the model (it was lower end, like the outpost maybe?). I figure the Trek 900 series is good, along with the old stumpjumpers, the mid-and upper GTs, and some Cannondales, I believe. What else makes a good choice? I'm fine with buying one with a regular fork and adding shocks and a different headset if needed.
Second question is what you think is better--a mint '93 Karakoram with no mods in Ferrari red, or a '98 Tequesta in greyish geeen with Manitous up front (not sure of the model or if original)? I know the Kara' had better spec'd components, but having shocks changes the balance. I'm not sure how much, though.