So, after toying with the idea of buying a chaparral frame and building it into an all-mountain machine, I realized that funds won't allow for a 900 dollar frame plus the build. So instead, I'm assembling a rat-bike with parts I have lying around/parts I'll buy. Here's the spec, any advice would be most appreciated:
Frame: 2004 Cannondale F300
Crankset: RaceFace Evolve DH X-Type 22/32/44
Pedals: Generic big platforms
Bars: Old Salsa Cro-Moto Risers, steel
Stem: Short, sturdy, Planet X
Fork: 2003 (I think) Marz DJ III
Fr. Wheel: Big Fat Mammoth rim with 2.7 rubber
R. Wheel: Generic crappy wheel on IRC Kujo rubber for now
Shifters: SRAM attack triggers
Rear D: Shimano LX
Front D: LX
Grips: ODI Lock On type grips
Brakes: Avid BB7s
This is what I have laying around plus a bunch of stuff I'm ordering from pricepoint. My goal is a durable, un-fancy, somewhat cheap, do-all hardtail. I don't care if it's ugly (it will be) and I don't care if it's heavy (it will be). I care that it's fun to ride and lasts well. Anyone have opinions on this spec?
Also: will a 130 mm fork kill that frame? It came with a 100 mm Judy, so I know the DJ is violating the holy 20 mm rule, but I figured the 1.5 headtube would cover that extra 10 mm.
As always, your thoughts and opinions would be most appreciated! Thanks!