I decided earlier this year to refurbish my existing bike, rather than buy a new frame. What with this summer's good weather, I didn't get around to it until a few weeks ago - and here's the result...
Bike before (earlier pic is with DT forks):
Headbadge from Geoff Moorhouse, on right (first cast of a smaller size, following feedback from others that the last one was too big):
Back from Argos, who were first choice due to being close to where I live:
Fitting the headcups with an eBay-sourced £4 tool - worked fine:
The finished article:
White is hardly original, but it's a non-Cotic colour, tough and looks ace in the flesh - a lot better than my lousy camera shows.
Current build is as a winter singlespeed, weighing just under 22lb. Adding XT/R gears takes it to just over 24lb. Forks are 2010 Fox 32 RLCs, but bought in 2013 and now wearing 2012/13 decals.
If nothing else, I hope it inspires a few more custom builds because it's really great to own a bike that you know is a one off!