I'm spending a little time and money "reinventing" an old frame that I've had since 1991. It is a Schwinn High Plains mtn bike that I have owned since new. It was originally a 3x7 speed and has a 1" steer tube. Over the years I swapped out parts, tried it as a single-speed, etc. Now I'm building it out as a light, 26" touring bike.
Rear frame spacing is 126mm (7 speed) so I had to build a new set of 26" wheels. I found some used Shimano 600EX (pre-Ultegra) hubs and laced those to 26" hoops I picked up.
Drivetrain is now a mix of STX-RC (rear der.), Deore LX (front der.), Sugino (triple crankset), and Ultegra (bar end shifters). It's back to being 3x7 (48/36/26T and 11-28T). The original Shimano 200GS parts were junk.
Braking is Avid Single Digit V's and Tektro levers.
Rear rack is Topeak that pairs with a Topeak bag and the front is a cheap Nashbar $10 rack.
So far I'm pleased with the result. My only question is with the fork, headset and stem. Currently it has a Tange rigid fork, cheap threadless Aheadset, and a cheap threadless stem. The bike originally came with a threaded fork and associated parts. I'm considering going back to the original fork due to the better color match and the extra attachment points for rack and fenders. I just don't know if it is a wise decision? I originally went threadless to run a suspension fork (when I was younger and less knowledgeable).
So these are my options:
- Keep the threadless setup, paint fork to match the frame and live with only 1 attachment point per leg
- Switch back to the original threaded fork with 2 attachment points per leg, buy a new threaded headset and quill stem
Am I better off with the threadless setup I have or would a threaded configuration along with the added eyelets be worth the swap? Just looking for comments!