Sweet - following this. +1 for avid v brakes. I don't think you'll need to do any frame spacing, imagine this is 135mm already which means you can go to up to 10 speed maybe even 11? I've got a worn 8 speed chain and cassette you can have for free when you collect the quill adapter if you want, just to get it rolling.
I might be wrong, but this looks like a 1 1/8th steerer? My 950 from the same year is 1 1/8th.
They have the same underlying white paint and black splatter, just the decals are different.