The Blue and Gold/Yellow 8900 was the year before (1998) and I rode one before buying this one - stu_mcp will remember this as it was spanner-boys
Due to my history of breaking OCLV's I didn't buy the first year and got the shop to speak to Trek UK before I bought this. I wanted to be sure Trek knew why I was concerned and that I would not be happy if it broke, they still agree'd to sell me it (was that you stu?). Their faith in the frame was well placed, it's had a hammering and I was amased to discover it weighs less than 3-1/2 lbs!!!
I loved that chocolate brown colour of the 970 but the geometry was very different on the steel frames - much shorter top tube, more like a Bonty which I could never get on with. The geometry on the 8900 is exactly the same as on the OCLV's I loved, but could not have
Stu, I don't think it's possible to bend a carbon seatpost???
Stu - do you remember refusing to sell me a Pace after that demo day up at Kirkhill