I keep being drawn back to the first mbuk pic of "Joe Murray" riding his Explosif.
The spec of the bike hes riding...., it has an Xt component set,(not brakes) the wheels etc a different spec completely to whats was offered for sale to the public.
Even the forks, are not the Track two option, but instead project 2s...???
I had a lot of trouble with my early TBG kona explosif, i actually went through about 3 pairs of track two forks, due to the stantion leg constantly pushing its way up through the fork crown, a problem with the early forks i was told, and always replaced by the importer. (note the pic at the malverns shows the bike with a pair of the warranty forks in use, the legs being gold and not colour matched.)
I wonder if this is why the bike Joe is riding shows a project two fork...???
The suntour gear change on this bike was quite clunky, slow and ineffecient in its gear change in comparison to shimanos hyperglyde, and constantly gave me trouble, ( note: yet another snapped chain causing a disaster at the malverns).
Like a fool, i never thought to use a shimano hyperglyde cassette and chain with the suntour shifters and mech, as i have done now...! which makes the gear change perfect, and totally smooth, and precise, like shimano but with a more defined index click from the shifter.
The fact that Joe Murray has chosen to use his own choice of spec, predominantly shimano speaks volumes to me.
Oh if i knew then what i know now..!!!
What always did impress me...were the Scott Penderson designed self energising suntour rear brakes, . A great brake set IMO...