Older Steel Frame Mountain Bikes for Touring and Commuting
Found the Cannondale F1000 with Fatty Head Shock suspension fork for $75. One of the integrated brake shifters had failed which was easily repairable. Here's some information regarding the Head Shock fork from every bike folk's old friend Sheldon Brown.
Regarding the Diamond Back Ascent EX series of frames I have since picked up another one that has mounting for third bottle cage under down tube with longer chain stays and top tube perfect as a mountain touring bike. Very interesting and unique design for a 26" wheel frame and looking forward to doing something with it. Anyhow, thought I would share some of these cool old funky mountain bike projects for those who appreciate this sort of thing.