yeah it was expensive. frame alone was £1800. the complete bike at retail prices works out about £2k more. got a good deal on a few bits, so i think it stands me in at just over £3k.
its heavy compared to most, but not excessively. its not that much heavier than my stiffee tbh. once it gets rolling, you dont notice the weight. its still nimble, especially with the smaller frame size. it also climbs really well.
like you say though, you dont see many of them about on the trails, which is a shame.
Not a shame in my eyes, I love rare bikes, ps. love your stiffee, looks mega fun!!!
My next bike will be one of these, but probably a more xc version.
Raleigh Team Banana, Falcon Team Banana, Giant Stonebreaker ,GT Avalanche
Saracen Kili Racer, 96 Cona Cinder Cone
Giant XC4,Marin Rock Springs
Focus Raven Pro, Trek Remedy 66
Spec Stumpjumper Elite (shame on me!)
09 Orange 5 SE, Ragley Ti