Questions from a returning newbie
I used to be into biking big time, but stopped about 8 years ago. I recently decided to get back into it, so I've been going through all my old parts and pieces and figuring out what I need to fix up my old bike versus buying a new bike. I want to keep my expenditures reasonable. I've been eyeing the Rockhopper Comp Disc, so I would want to build something comparable.
I've forgotten some of the terminology, so please forgive and correct.
I'm currently stripping the paint off my old aluminum frame ('96 Trek 6500). It had a REALLY bad paint touch up job, and it was just ugly. I'm planning to keep it unpainted (although I may to a clearcoat).
1. I have a solid steel fork. The fork is threaded (1 1/8"). Is it possible to buy new threaded suspension forks? If not, what do I need to do to use a threadless fork? Replace the headset?
2. I'm a clydesdale. Any particular recommendation on forks? Coming from a solid fork, is there any reason I wouldn't be happy with the $70 '04 Judy from Nashbar?
3. I have cantilever brakes. How can I determine whether or not I can put disc brakes on the rear?
4. I don't have my wheels any more. Any recommendations? Is ebay the way to go for wheels?
5. My drivetrain was set-up for 8 speed rear. Can I still get hubs/cogsets for this?
6. My components are LX/XT/XTR, but from about 10 years ago. Has the technology improved enough that it would be worth replacing these? Would today's Alivio be as good as 10 year old XT?
Thanks for any assistance!