One of these has been on the list for ages.
Top of the range in 1990, zolatone paint, oversize tange prestige, O/S spinner forks, deore XT, pink(8)) - great stuff!
As I have found out for the past 3 years they are rare as hens teeth.
Now I have 2. One in 17.5" (came free attached to some PACE RC30s) and one in 19".
The 19" is complete with most of the original group set, forks and bars (uncut
) - the 17.5" has had what can best be described as a hard life and has a very stuck seat post.
The zolatone paint is both an iconic feature of these bikes and a restorers nightmare - it is prone to surface rust and you can't find it anywhere to do a respray and stickers don't stick to it very well.
Needles to say both of mine have 'issues' in the paint dept - the 19" has surface rust on just about every tube - the 17.5 I think is in better condition but has suffered the indignity of a rattle can spray job on top of the zolatone
Going to concentrate on 19" for now and keep the 17.5" as a spare or in case the 19" is too big (anyone got any tips for removing rattle can and keeping zolatone?)
The plan is to get it as near as catalogue spec as I can. I have most things - some NOS rm17s, a pair of Marin Rockstar Tyres all the XT stuff etc.
I do need a stem, saddle and seat post. The last two are going to be a real pain in the butt to find so for now I have an Avocet R1 (very similar shape to the original Marin one) and a black American Classic seat post - very similar in looks to the micro adjust OE one but better in just about every way
The paint on the forks and bars has had some heavy knocks (it is really thick!) so when I get a stem all three will be off to Argos to get a new flouro pink coate of paint
I am going to gently remove the rust from the frame, do some local touch ups to try and retain the zolatone for authenticity.
Frames, forks, bars stripped and cleaned: