No option for cheaper sea shipping ?
How set are you on that exact bike ? If you want to mod and customise it a bit you could get this one for around half what you're talkinghttp://www.bikeexchange.com.au/bicycles ... /102065987
Same bike just different forks and bars and a different colour. Shipping to tassy would be under $200 so even after repainint it and buying the other bits you'd have to come out in front.
You could also customise it exactly to your tastes too.
Willow wrote:plans are for front and rear discs, so need some mounts for calipers, re-lace both wheels and a new hub (disc compliant) on front.
Got any mates in the US ?
If you're going to put the HS on the back and relace the front too it sounds like you could do away the wheels alltogether (have you checked the rear is 36 hole?)
If not I'd hunt for someone to pull it down for you - remove the forks and tyres (lay them wrapped along side the frame) and send it off in a more compact, lighter box.
You could sell the 3 speed and recoup some of the costs too.