To be honest Gio, it came to a collective decision in the end, as did most of the spec choice to be fair,
after speaking to a lot of people, no one could give me a definitve answer to a build spec sheet.
Ideally we needed Jim for this, but despite multiple attempts at trying to contact him, i am ashamed to say all my attempts failed.
So to enable the build to complete, a collective opinion on the spec was reached, from peoples memories, photos and pictures from magazines.
As with all PRO/AM racers, specs change quickly, it wears out, it breaks etc..., so we went with the information we have.
the build spec in the non disc wheel pics, are mainly Shimano deore XT, with mavic 231 rims, tioga finishing kit, flite saddle, ODI attack grips, onza bar ends etc, with the Panaracer Smoke and Dart tyre combination.
the disc wheel build, is all but the same, but using Specialized BX23 rims, with black Shimano Deore XT hubs, Grafton cranks with Tioga chainrings, to complement the Tioga finishing kit, and Grafton Brakes.
It was decided that "At best Guess" the tyres would have been either Panaracer Smoke and Dart, and/or Tioga Mud Dawgs....which are pictured mounted to the disc wheel option.
I still have a niggle in me that said, Specialized Ground controls were used, but others disagreed and left me the minority opinion, and with little else to go on, i ran with the general collective opinion.
The collective is what this forum is all about. Picking at peoples memories and knowledge. For what its worth I think you've done a spot on job with the spec mate, it couldn't be any better. At least the tyres are simple to change out if you ever do hear back from Jim.
Good luck for BOTM, not that you'll need it!
thanks G, to be quite frank, some parts of this build, left me guessing and quite anxious at times, excited then disappointed then excitement agian.
As sentimental as i do get over a bike, this was even a new experience on me.
I think the whole Jason Mcroy story, is quite amazing in itself. the more i have learned the more i was inspired by it.
The frame itself, is quite different to everything else i have. which intregued me to be honest.
at this level and weight, nearly everything i have, ridden, or seen from a U.K framebuilder of the early 90"s has been fillet brazed or mini fillet brazed, or lugged.
Apart from the very trick seatpost clamping arrangement, its T.I.G welded, and of its time the newest Columbus tubing to come to market.
I have seen the Columbus genius tubes used on Bikes before, but not to this degree(certainly not on a mountain bike anyway), the differential tubing is very cool, But sadly a bugger to photograph.
It is very Svelte, especially at the rear, (i still cant get over the seatstays).
To have a frame that seemed to take a similar approach to the American designs, much more like Salsa and FatChance for example, than say a Roberts or a Yates that we have all grown to love and appreciate.
It really is a break from tradtion in my eyes considering when it was built, given it was a handbuilt frame From a little Known Builder From the North of England, all these ingrediants made it Quite unique in my eyes.
If i could ask Jason McRoy one Question, it would be ........
" how did your Hardisty compare to your Salsa "
As for BoTM, im really chuffed to have got it finished to be honest, the list of entries is like a whos whos of Quality English Frame Builders and companies,
To be able to have a Small bike shop Name like Hardisty added To that list, for me is enough.
But to have been able to add it, on His anniversary, and perhaps gain a little more worthy credit to the Frame builder by being amongst names like Roberts, Pace, Zinn, Lloyd, just makes it that little bit extra special.
Win or Loose, its there,
and lets face it, it wouldnt be, if it wasnt for this site, and all its contributing members.
That for me is enough...............................................