Just brought my IF Crown Jewel back from maintenance at the IF dealer here in SATX. My mechanic tells me they had to replace the original Ultegra bottom bracket. That part lasted me since I purchased the bike roughly 28500 miles ago.
Now I’m looking at what to do as the rest of the Ultegra gruppo wears out. One option is to get a fresh paint job and rebuild the bike from the frame up.
How much life do you think is left in my 9 1/2 year old steel frame?
Neat story on a neat bike…dedicated to Dad. Just my 2 cents, (and I tend to keep most everything, hardly get rid of anything) I would send the frame back for a repaint. Contact IF. If they can’t do it, they will recommend someone that can replicate there work to a T. I sent back my ’05 SS MTB for a repaint 2.5 years ago, and I love it just as much, if not more than I did when I got it new. It will make you feel like you have a new bike, especially if you are buying a new grouppo for it. Yeah, your CJ might not have a tapered head tube or whatever else is ‘new’, but you will feel good in your soul riding what you had made for you and your father for years to come. I expect to have my IF’s until the day I die. I turn 39 on Sunday, so they should hopefully be around for at least that many more years!
Send it back! Update it with fresh paint and maybe the new script font decal?
Lots of life left I’d say! I just finished updating my ’04 Ti Deluxe:
Fall 2016 spec:
Paint from the paintgun of Chris Rowe still looks as good now as it did then. This bike has done Transalp point to points and raced in the Cape Epic and various 24hr enduros. It still sucks up the punishment from the local trail centre. I love it.