Frame number is A603 02318 which makes it a March '96 made frame, but all the info from Anthony in the original thread suggest a '97 model so I'll rest on the fence on refer to it as a 96/97 P7 from now on.
I notice that the bike in the test, which is what I take to be a 96 model, has a canti bridge but similar decals to yours. Can you see in the photos whether the minor stickers, like the tubeset one on the seat tube, are the same as yours?
It's difficult to precisely make out, Anthony, but they both look to have the same 'Series 8 micro butted' seat tube decal (mines all but faded away...) The decals are of course different - BLOCK CAPS style in the mag and lower case style on mine (I prefer the block caps ones to be honest).
Looks to be a standard front mech clamp in the mag whereas mine requires an e-type mech. Also, as you say, no canti bridge on mine - meant for V's instead.
The head tube logos also seem to vary on the P7 - from an actual 'P7' type to an 'O' type.
Couple more questions:
Does requiring an E-type front mech restrict my options in choosing a mech? (in other words, are they as readily available?)
I'd prefer to run canti's given the choice - what are my options there? A canti bridge guide of some type?
Decal dilemma - keep the current style which is appropriate for a '96 model, or opt for the ones I slightly prefer - the 1995 ones?
EDIT: lacquer off now and polished with Autosol
and waxed with Turtle Wax
...and some very nice decals off Gil (quelle surprise...!
Decided to go for the 1995 "Block caps" ones in the end over the original ones simply as I prefer the look of them. '95 was the last year of great Orange decals in my 'umble opinion! Have the odd pang of guilt in not keeping the bike 'decal-correct' but when you think of P7's you think of these decals (...well I do!).
Oh, and continuing the citrus theme, I picked up my umpteenth Orange shirt today as well! Not particularly relevant to the build but here's a nice pic anyway... (if anyone has a 1995ish 'Planet' Orange jersey in a Large for sale, then let me know....)
1990 Ridgeback 704XT 1990 Raleigh Dyna-Tech Encounter (SWMBOs) 1992 Orange Aluminium 'O' 1992 Orange Prestige 1994 Orange Clockwork 1996 Orange P7