Was it the chaps at Avon Valley Cycles in Bath who did them?
It was indeed. I was considering buying one when I lived in Bath in 2000 - I might even have a brochure kicking around somewhere. I was told that LA Cycles of Coventry did the framebuilding.
There were a couple of models - one was called the Caribou Taiga
, another the Vamoose
- but they were flexible with custom options. A guy in the local CTC ordered one with sliding dropouts and a Rohloff hub.
My Kona Kilauea has Caribou paint: I bought it from Gary Cooper at AVC, where it had served as a Rohloff demonstrator.
Incidentally, AVC has changed hands since those days. I ran into Richard Grigsby (who was in partnership with Gary) at the recent Bristol Bespoked show. They sold the shop to concentrate on Cyclescheme.
Calmes dans le demi-jour
Que les branches hautes font,
Pénétrons bien notre amour
De ce silence profond.