mike you will appreciate or hate that I took these pics with HDR, no epic landscape but doesn't that Trek just pop?!
After cleaning it up and giving it some thought I have my plan at least for version 1.0 and based on what I've come up with I think it removes the eventual need for a 2.0, I think the end product will actually be pretty awesome and hopefully very rideable. I will be retiring the Redline for the season and stealing a few parts that are due for replacement anyway. The cranks/BB/pedals will come over (with a newer/used chainring I found in the shed). That BB is pretty whupped but will work just fine for this ride. I'm also stealing the stem because I want to use the old aluminum flat bars from the Redline from before my carbon upgrade and I need the oversize clamp diameter. I would just use the bars it came with but Naro, in true mid/late 90's form, rode his bars incredibly narrow (PUN INTENDED).
For some reason the rear canti studs and brakes were missing when I got the bike but luckily when you work on bikes long enough you amass tons of random tidbits that you keep in a bin. Including a few sets of canti studs and heaps of old V-brakes. Only real thing left was some sort of tensioner. Designs have evolved quite a bit from when I first converted and I had to do some tech vs. cost balancing.
I was very intrigued by the Yess ETR/V but the price point was just a tad too high and it actually seems a bit overbuilt for what I really need. But that vid demonstrating how it works with actual current full suspension designs is pretty impressive. I wanted to stay away from any spring actuated stuff because those never seem to hold up and almost always end in zipties. So I went with one of the simpler designs that I could find at a pretty reasonable price somewhat locally.
DMR STS (Simple Tension Seeker)
Slap it on, dial it in and then tighten it down. Changing rear flats will not be enjoyable but I really don't flat that often (knock on internet wood). Should have it in about a week and then the bike will be ready to ride for anything I get in before the real snow starts to fly. Showing up at the Turkey Burner on this thing could be real funny and if/when I do the winter race at Fort Rock this could actually be a good implement for that. Gina wants to call it 'HoneyBee', thoughts?