I had one of these frames a few years ago but never built it up so sold it and have kicked myself ever since. Recently my retro juice's have been running dry due to having owned all the bikes I wanted that I could afford or not having the funds for something really special. I'd also found that I hardly ever rode retro anymore and always seemed to grab the 5 so it was time for a change of direction and decided I needed some modern hard tail in my life.
Simple choice really as I decided it had to be a totally different beast compared to the 5 (or I'd still just use that
) so short travel was the order of the day. Add to this that the orange/white fade is my all time favourite paint job I found myself hunting for a 2007. Not as easy as you'd think as they were limited to 200 and most owners seem to love them but then, as if by magic, number 003/200 showed up on Gumtree. Better still it lived in Nottingham and I was due to go there to see family in the coming weeks. Pictures were not the best and the price was on the high side imo (and the seller refused to budge
) but I thought it'd be rude not to at least have a look whilst in town. A retro clearout took place to raise funds 'just in case' I decided to buy. One thing led to another and before long I was heading back up the A1 with a grubby but tidy bike.
Seller said it'd never been off road and I believe him as it's in great condition. Here's a few pictures of it as purchased, complete with 5 years worth of Nottingham commuter grime. It's clean now and some amber walled Charge splashbacks are due any day so I'll post up some better pictures soon.
I'm half thinking of chucking some Deore thumbies and DX mechs at it but we'll see. It's the basic S model so some parts will defo have to go. Won't be spending too much on retro for a while because this deserves some upgrades