The parts on that bike you bought are awful.
Somehow only few people realize that this bike was the alternative to the Specialized Stumpjumper back in the days. Racy geometry and all, this bike was called "the legendary 89 Scott Boulder" by the german "Bike" magazine in some article, published in 1991.
Now, how many Stumpjumpers are here in this forum, and how many 1989 Scott Boulders?
Personally, I don´t like the Boulders from 1990 onwards...
You're right - this bike was awful when I see it 1st time But - paradoxically - it was good for it! It was used by 55 years old man, once maybe twice a week, but only when weather was good That's why frame is in good condition
I didn't knew about comparing this bike to Stumpjumpers, but true is that younger models had worse tubes and equimpment (89 Tange Infinity BD, Deore I, 90+ Tange MTB DB, Deore LX) Do You have maybe scan of this article?
Mayba you can send me some detailed pics of the decals, so that I can make repros
with pleasure - just let me know which graphics You'll need!
BTW - I see in picture from 1992, that You need cable hanger for front brake My Scott stem have this part integrated (it's oryginal stem from this bike, last owner gave me also stem and rigid fork) And in Yours cable stoppers for derauilers in lower main tube have diffrent shape as mine, and they are mounted in different places