Great bikes - still riding one regularly now. Has been through a load of changes in the 10+ years I've had it.
Started out totally shop spec - XT groupo, Zoom stem and bar, stupidly light skinny forks, XT hubs with Bonty rims and pinch puncture tastic Panaracer 1.5 inch tyres.
Then I started racing it and breaking bits - XT cranks replaced with Tioga revolvers (which are still going strong 10 years later), XT mechs replaced with XTR, Xlite ti bar and bar ends, Syncros stem, Manitou II forks.
Then it was neglected when I started work and sulked in various cupboards for a few years. Occasionaly brought out to hit some fav old rides in the Lakes or Wales. The Manitou's died a death on a ride in the Lakes so it returned to the cupboard for another year.
Finally got round to giving it some TLC earlier this year and probably committed a huge retro crime by getting it resprayed and fitting some RC-31s to replace the dead Manitous. Also fitted some funky carbon bars to match. Now its a superlightweight rigid ride again - a sort of 2006 update on the original.
So does it still count as retro?