Want to get an old 1990's steel framed no-suspension MTB. Stip it down, and then build it up with the best quality components, racks and a pair of good quality handbuilt wheels. I am hoping to end up with a bomb-proof tourer suitable for spending a year-or-so touring south america. If anyone can suggest a wheel builder, a good source of old MTB's (which to look for.) trek cannondale specialized rockhoppers dawes giant marin are all supposed to be pretty reputable, so I am looking out for something. Also seen a few Claud Butler Silver Ridge are they any good? I'm trawling ebay but is there anywhere else good to look? Please offer advice and tips on any aspect of my plan, but especially what old bike would be good and what I should do to it once I have it.