I'm planning to update my old hardtail frame (~late 90's S-works Team M2 Hardtail) to something newer (and better fitting). It's always been just a hair too small for me and now I'm in a financial position to fix that.
I was thinking of an S-works Epic frame or an M4 Stumpjumper frame (both on E-bay). My components are all equivalent to a year 1999 S-works hardtail ... XTR brakes, shifters, derailleurs. I have no complaints about my drivetrain, even my fork... my main motive here is getting a bike that fits me better.
So it would be economical of me to simply purchase a frame and transplant everything over, right? Is there anything (compatibilities) that I'll need to watch out for? I have the XTR Backfire derailleur... will this be a problem? Also on the newer bikes, especially the Epic, it seems like there are no provisions for V-brakes... looks like there is a braze-on but no drop-out? Is there a screw-in dropout that I can buy for this?
Have fork lengths stayed the same length over the years? Reason I ask is because I don't want screwy geometry with the new frame. If the fork is too long or short, I might end up on my head.
Anyway, I'm still not sure if I want to get full suspension yet. Last weekend I went MTB'ing and everyone on Squishies was huffing and puffing and I was just flying past them. I think it had a lot to do with a hardtail being way easier to climb with.
Anyway, please let me know if there are any compatibility issues I might be facing taking a bike that's 10 years old and swapping all the components onto a newer frame....