just finished this bike. will be a gift for a friend who helped me a lot recently and rides an absolute piece of shit. couldn't stand it.
took the trekking bars and the trekking suspension off, put on a rigid fork and the drops, sourced a pair of rsx shifters (the wheels will only take a 7sp cassette), new tires, mini-v brakes and voila.
i hope it gets the @vp1337 seal of approval.. (sorry, don't have a 'before' pic) :)