I still really like this bike so decided to give it a few upgrades, although most bits have come along at rock bottom prices.
The bike got its new stem and some decals last year before being put away for Winter. Today I've pulled the bike out into the sunlight to throw on the rest of the bits that I've gathered together & earmarked for it. The mechs have been replaced with XT, M735 front and M739 rear. I'd like to get a matching M735 for the rear but I'll wait for one at the right price. Ebay provided a cheap Hope seatclamp as well as the new chainrings for peanuts. I couldn't believe it when the Middleburn plus middle and granny turned up for £6 BIN with free postage.
So that's all for now, this bike is currently my number one choice for the Forest of Dean next month but things can change