Wow! If my build made your day, you just made my year! Thanks for being so thorough on all your observations and comments on all of our builds. You are a real assett to this forum!
And I hope you have many rainy days this winter. The state of drought in California and Arizona (we spend our winters in Mesa) is astounding. The Colorado river situation is very scary for the South Western USA.
I'm not sure where you are located, but back in the early '90s, I wrote for a mountain bike magazine in the Midwest, and traveled to Long Beach to ride in the mountains around there, and return the Univega Alpina with the AMP fork (branded the Concept by Univega). I had the bike in Minnesota for a couple weeks for testing and reviewing, and then tagged along on a business trip my wife had in LB and rode the mountain trails just minutes outside the city. That bike had a great ride feel, steel frame and that short travel , parallelogram fork was plenty of suspension for those rocky singletrack trails.
If you decide to go with a rigid fork for a more vintage look on your build, I'd be VERY interested in the AMP fork!
Here are a couple vintage photos from that Fall of '94, on our farm in So Minnesota. My brother posing with the bike...
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