Thanks for all the comments chaps
i can take no credit for this apart from scouring ebay like a sad 'un and spending 3 days polishing and cleaning
Mind if I hadn't had an original I wouldn't have known how fine they are, etc
The frame measures a 16" and abit centre to top tube and 17.75" to seat post. I reckon this is the 16" and my orignal was the 18". Top tube is 21.5" which is ok for me (my elite is 19" with 22" top tube). The seat post (original) is 225 long! so i will swap a 300 in for day to day.
Nearly all the chrome parts have some, mostly superfical, rust and quite a few of the chrome spokes have sufferred. The saddle is superb but faded brown from black. The white of the cranks and the stem has yellowed a bit but the frame paintwork / decals are amazing
Though not bad for 24+ years
It has a Harry Hall's sticker in near perfect nick too.
The plan is to strip / service the bike and replace only those parts that are corroded beyond salvage (washers and cage bolts primarily). Ti on a Courier
As Carl says a true icon of the day and it is dreadful that MF's are basically ignored because of their (much) later and ersatz (tesco) offerings.
This bike has a sloping top tube frame with 70/73 geo and whilst i accept this is partly due to the size, Araya did "deliberately" make two forms of mtb, sloping and flat TT, back in '87-8.
According to Araya data this is 420mm c/tt (which is 16.5") for their sloping frame design (or 18" kona sized!).
A Japanese made Tange Cro-mo frameset (wow! (assembled in taiwan mind)) with mid-range or better components (suntour / sugino / sansin co-op) but a 'british' company and they (he) ride(s) superbly. It has Sugino Cycloidal Rings (aka biopace) too.
and i love it (in case you haven't guessed).
and swaps for Kleins not welcomed
A few with an SLR
<nerd on>I could have sworn i bought mine in the fall of '87 but the paintwork was identical. So although my catalogue had the jam-jar graphics this is the one they were shifting.
Mine had the "fox-prints" in the seat stay tops - but this one doesn't - i recall mine also had the big rim hub - this has a muddy fox by sansin small hub.
Can't see the serial number yet (obscured by the BB 3-cable carrier)
but reckon this one is a true '88 and mine was a 87-8 or from a different factory.<nerd off>