Project Dormouse is alive and well and complete to the baseline stage. This is the point at which the bike is configured as a flat bar MTB (this is the configuration that I am most familiar with) so as to evaluate the rigid fork in place of the usual Marzocchi XC suspension fork. The "Dirty Roadie" configuration will grow from this starting point. That will consist of drop bars, road controls, a compact double and much lighter tires that compromise serious dirt handling for improvements on asphault.
The bike weighs 25lbs at this point. Those are very heavy (by my standards) dirt tires and it is possible that the final bike will come in at 23lbs. The gearing is a 26, 36, 48 triple in fromt with an 11/32 cassette in the back. The control group is SRAM X.9 with Avid BB7 disc brakes. If I were still building bikes for customers, this would be (with the suspension fork) the baseline standard bike
With the rigid fork, the nose of the bike has been lowered about 3cm which tightens up the handling of the bike and makes it feel a little more like a road bike on asphault. It also requires the high angle stem seen here to get the bars back up to a comfortable height for this old body.
Now to go ride it for a while and see how much the rigid fork gives up on dirt to get the compromise handling improvement on the pavement.