Hi joined a couple of days ago, just found this intro thread.
I've just come back to biking after a 5 year break, my nickel P7 was nicked from my back garden, along with my wife's Pulse, and I didn't have the money to replace it. None of the affordable bikes appealed that much.
In '93 we opened a motorbike shop and as we were near the start of a trail that lead to Box Hill we sold a few mid and upper range mountain bikes as a sort of sideline.
First decent bike was a 93 (I think) Mongoose Amplifier with a set of incredible leading link forks(AMP forks, the frame wasn't badged as a Mongoose, just said Amplifier), then a Merlin Ti frame with all sorts of goodies. My wife had an Attitude (don't they all), then the Pulse (Sea and Sky), proper Klein stuff.
Went through a few tasty bits and pieces, all demo bikes you understand, and ended up with my 'bike for life', the P7. There are flashier, lighter, stiffer, stronger, etc etc etc, but it suited me.
Project 2 forks (tried bouncy forks, didn't like them), White Industry hubs, single cross laced on the front, Royce bb, grey Flite Ti seat, Umma Gummas, a set of bars picked up at Harrogate trade show, aluminium with a carbon lining, Ultegra rear mech, XTR shifters, Middleburn cranks with silver, blue and purple rings, bar ends were a matt titanium stubby, grey Onza Ules grips, grey XTR cable outers. It was very grey. Except for the blue and purple. Very tasteful. Honestly!! Can't remember the levers, poss Dia Compe. (having found various levers on a website I'm pretty sure they were PC 8s). Something like that. The shifters hung from X-Lite brackets.
Anyway, I only mention this because I now have another P7, very reasonable from eBay, and I will be working to reproduce the bike just described. Is that sad?
So if anyone has any of those bits laying around, especially the seat, drop me a line. I have a box of goodies from the mid 90s, new old stock, which I will list shortly. Probably not for sale, bartering is more what I had in mind.
I'll try to keep future posts shorter. Promise