In the beginning of the 90's I really wanted to buy an MTB. I went through all the reviews, shops, magazines etc. It took more then a year to find my top bike. Somehow, I never came to really buying it (just for the record, I set my heart on a Cannondale M800).
In 1999 when I was working and had enough money, I passed a bikeshop and saw this Raleigh in the shop window. Entirely against my character, I just went in and bought it!! I have used it for periods to go to work, to ride local trails, to shop etc, but now it is my standard MTB for the tracks here. I have changed a lot of components over the years, so it is not really time correct, but I really have gotten attached to it! Recently I changed the fork, headset, stem and the handlebar after a crash were I broke the original SR Suntour forks. I think it is finished now. Nothing special, but anyway, here it is.