....January 2000 from Evans Cycles (Waterloo) after I snapped a chainstay on my old steel GT commuter.
.... Nobody in the shop knew much about it, a few assistants argued over whether it was a Trials frame or a 'Trails' frame(?!) and the shop mechanic just grunted at me when I asked what size BB I should buy to go with it.
Obviously bought from the Waterloo road store and not the excellent Waterloo cut branch where I was working at the time! Good times, good lads as well. Being surrounded by bike porn all day was a tortuous and expensive habit though. Bikes we had(mainly road at the cut branch) that I lusted after we're in no particular order...
Cannondale r5000 Sacco team colours
As above but orange black with a very early campagnolo electronic group?! Some bloke came in one day who wanted a commuting bike- tried to sell him a badboy but he choose aforementioned £3.5k cannondale with a £10 cable lock to match!
Kona kula's- ended up buying a pahoehoe-still got it
Cannondale badboys(new concept at the time and looked cool)
Trek oclv us postal team colours-ahead of its time whatever you think of trek.
Occasionally we had to deliver bikes between stores which lead to a flat out no holes barred race flat out down the cut onto Waterloo road on an unfamiliar and usually wrong sized bike. That was how I found out the limits of grip with slick road tyres and disc brakes on a badboy. Think the record was about 45 secs door to door-if only we had strava back then!