Seems maybe they imported various different frames without them necessarily being all the same.
Back in '88 I bought a second hand Ridgeback which was supposed to have been an '84 model. Strangely, even though the components were in unused condition, the frame had been resprayed by the LBS; it was badged as 531 and was TIG welded, or so I always thought...but someone on here recently said that 531 couldn't be welded -so perhaps it was (lumpy) micro-fillet brazed?
LBS must have taken creative liberties with the decalshttp://www.bretonbikes.com/reynolds.htm
It's not that it physically *can't* be welded - it's composition and properties in combination make it VERY unsuited to being TIGed - Impractical as an assembly technique
That does seem the most likely answer. Odd thing is, from what I remembered from the Freewheel mag that model should have been spec'd with 531 + the shop confirmed they'd done the respray and presumably sourced the decal.
I kind of hated that bike to be honest. Along with a Dawes Ranger, and Muddy Fox Mogadon it put me off MTBs in the late '80s. I'd been yearning for one for years and like many had bodged knobbly tired 'trackers' from road bike, cycle speedway and motor bike bits. When MTB's arrived it was the most magical news imaginable!
Unfortunately the first ride was a bit of a rude awakening; I had a 7 mile road cycle to the parents where I planned to have a bash at this off-road time trial we used to do on our trackers a few years earlier - our very own Repack! (..but flat, slow and with only ever a couple of coughing, spluttering finishers) Anyway, the journey there was so shockingly hard work that I was rendered semi-comatose on arrival.
After riding light-ish bikes including the trackers, the whole experience was deeply dissapointing and the bike was resigned to the shed whilst I went to college, during which time it was sold.
I'm embarrassed to admit that I actually much preferred the more lively ride of a CX bike with Cow horn bars to those early Brit bikes, and it forged an aversion/predudice that I'm only just beginning to question.