Good story street, blast from the past!
Funny you say that my mate had contacts at Orange as they were on my doorstep pretty much.
I asked for a frame and forks, my mate got given one legitimately!
and kept it for himself then!
So then I had to go to his contact, who could get me one. in satin matt black and temporarily without stickers. it may of been a seconds frame he got legit for me, as i had to touch it up with car paint (thats what they used). it was crazy going to his house, like going to a dealer or summat! cos of no stickers i never knew if it was a clockwork or prestige beauty light bike though once built up with teh bits off my GT and a few custom bits. so i slapped on some prestige stickers, as did my mate on his
what a great XC bike that was, had to sell in the end, needed money for motor bike and a BMX
At the same time the insurance claim culture was coming in, wasn't really impressed with teh greedy guts doing that one