JeRkY, honestly speaking I don't know the full history of the CR-7 production. Althought the info re CR-7 I can find on the net doen't cover all the detail, the picture on this brochure shows;
1) The head tube seems to be not the 1 1/4 evolution size (from the proportions in the image)
2) The selection of main components are Suntour XC (US production models are either with Shimano or CR-7s from Far East Asia I saw many CR-7 with Suntour but this type of black-out finish Suntours)
3) The frame colour Grey/Black - although a magazine article ( http://www.retrobike.co.uk/gallery2/mai ... emId=67077
) mentions this frame colour, I haven't managed to find CR-7 with this colour on the net after looking through about image of 30 different CR-7s.
4) In the same article, it features a CR-7 in Fisher Wroks Team frame colouring (Yellow, Red and Black). It is most probably one of the first batch of production CR-7 or last part of pre-production unit. This tricolor CR-7 has canti brake at the rear on seat stays. This is the same as all the CR-7 images I ve seen on the net. However, the grey CR-7 on the brochure has U brake (or center pull I don't know what is the exact name) on chain stay, which seems to be common to other earlier Fisher models.
::EDIT:: As you see OM FLyer's post below,
(1) Grey CR-7 is actually production model.
(2) Early production model came with XC.
(3) This CR-7 is production model
(4) Eearly production model came with Ubrake on chain stay.
I am thinking and guessing based on the limited info on the net so I might be wrong, please correct me if you know the correct answer, thats would be really helpful.
I still don't know if this colour was actually in mass production or not so if anybody knows about it, please let me know, too.
As you can see, there seems to be some difference between grey CR-7 and the one I have (head tube dia., brake location, bottle cage etc). But my project is on a budget, I am not going to reproduce all of these. That's beyond the scope of my project. I just want to sniff the taste of this grey CR-7 with some manageable alternation, such as parts selection and colouring hence the word 'Fusion' in this thread title