I'm not sure how many people in the UK/Europe know about Vicious. They are made in New Paltz, NY (about an hour and a half drive north from NYC). They are some of the best currently made steel hardtails available imho. The Metal Guru is the 26" triple butted racing bike.
I found this on a classified site and thought it would have been snapped up immediately. There wasn't even any grease on the cassette. He said he rode it about 50 miles after building it up 3-4 years ago, then it sat in his house. There is only one tiny nick in the paint other wise this could easily be mistaken for a brand new bike, and it was even my size!
Ignore the mud in the photos, I went out and got it the day after I got this bike. Unfortnately it didn't come with it, I had to supply my own.
Frame: Vicious Cycles Metal Guru made from Ritchey Logic WCS by Dedacciai
Fork: 2004 Marzocchi Bomber MX Comp ETA
Headset: Can Creek C2
Stem: Thomson Elite
Handlebar: Race Face Air Alloy riser
Brakes: Avid Single digit 7 v's
Brake Pads: Avid
Brake Levers: Avid
Shifters: Sram X.7 trigger
Front Derailleur: Shimano XT
Rear Derailleur: Sram X.7
Cranks: Race Face Evolve XC
Chainrings: Race Face Evolve
Pedals: Crank bros.
Wheels: Mavic Cross Roc UST tubeless
Saddle: Serfas Stinger Ti