The Sahara is an '88, it was intended to be my first MTB after saving for 8 months but I ended up with a Raleigh Maverick GT. The Sahara was sold in Halfords of all places and wasn't a standard Peugeot catalogue bike. It was also higher up the range than the US Express (and it's UK equivalent) as it had 18 gears and Alloy Rims with Q/R.
I think the US Express is equivalent to the UK Alpina (which was again sold in Halfords and Catalogues not Cycle Shops) which had a similar HLE frame, but the Lee-Chi brake levers, crowned forks, friction (racthet) shifters, steel rims and 15 gears. it was one up from the Ranger and if your folks got you one over the Raleigh Mustang you'd done well!
The Alpina was Metallic Grey.
Thanks Carl! I think you're spot on! You are right about the components! So you think it's from 1988 as well?
Reckon so, I think Tourney came along in '89 towards the end anyway and low end Shimano SIS and these bikes with ratchet friction shifters and Sachs mechs started to change to the big S never to be seen again.
I know pete hates bikes like this but they were ridden by me and my friends and thrashed to within an inch of their lives daily and usually never let us down. They bring back great memories.