Clyde Opinions on Suntour Fork, or frameset purchase
I am considering getting a new frame to replace that of my heavily modified CCM Torino 76, which I believe has a serious corrosion issues - I already brazed a patch over a split in the DS seatsaty, and the other day I noticed the NDS chainstay has a 7" long line of rust showing through the paint that I believe to be the seam of the tube.
THe LBS in the next town has a 23" (XXL) 2011 Specialized Rockhopper Comp with sliding rear dropouts and a SR Suntour XCR fork and basic Tektro hydraulic disk brakes for a good price, and I think this would make the perfect platform for my Alfine 8 drivetrain. THe Rockhopper comes with (I think) Alivio components, which are not bad, but I wouldn't trust the Specialized brand freehub so I would likely never use the bike in its stock configuration.
But my main concern is the Suntour fork. I weigh ~260 lbs right now (dropping weight since I changed my diet to deal with my type II diabetes diagnosis) and I ride technical singletrack pretty often, and I would likely want to use the new bike for that purpose as well.
The other option would be a Surly Ogre frameset and the balance of parts would come out of my fairly extensive half-built bike collection. A couple of parts I would still have to buy. This option would leave me with a rigid drop bar adventure mtb, which could nicely compliment my fleet that already includes a front suspension Ti mtb.
I probably have a few months or more before the Torino 76 bites the dust completely, (and I may just wind up fixing whatever goes wrong if and when that happens), but do any of you have any opinons on the Suntour fork and its suitability for an aggressive clyde in real off-roa conditions? What about the Surly frame?
Any and all opinons welcome.