So here's the thing...
I've always loved Bontragers. When I first really got in to mountain biking there was just something about them that i loved. The problem was - they really didn't fit. I didn't discover Bontrager until the Privateers were the norm rather than the exception, and the XL's just didn't fit my 6'2 height. And believe me - I tried. I've owned two at one point or another, and both times it only led to frustration and sadness. Recently I came across a XXl Race locally here in Dallas that needed a little bit of love and attention. With the help of a local Powder Coat Guy and Gill (who is AMAZING!) on the decals - this is where I am at this point.
I will never be have the money or patience to restore something to spec - and I tend to like bright colors. For the purists - please forgive. For those who appreciate a little creativity - enjoy. I'll update as I go along. Not sure if I will single speed it or 1x9 it. I will probably find a true 1" stem at some point, but for now the Thomson will have to do. It will be a more modern build, obviously.
I totally screwed up the top sticker, but I really think I like it without it. It has a more minimalist look.