fwaaaaaaah! I wasn't expecting such a quick reply. Thanks guys :)
@cbass: I came across your bike the other week on velospace when I was deciding on buying my frame. seeing your build helped me make my mind up. even as a beater... looks sharp!
how did you go with the wheel spacing? Did you bend your frame out or just squeeze your novatech hubs in?
I'm also having a hard time getting a stem in there. I've managed a bit... but its a really tight fit.
@fff: i'm reading everywhere that some shims would be needed to get a tighter fit. i'd rather keep the original forks... but if the head set doesn't come good, then i'll have look into this option.
i'm gonna try and spend a bit of time and try build the bike up as best I can. if anyone has any other pointers.. they'd be much appreciated :)