Very cool bike! I can confirm that the stars and bars on my '96 Hot are indeed painted. It looks like white was shot on the front part of the frame and then the stars and bars were masked. After that the blue/red fade was applied and then the masking was removed to reveal the stars and bars.
Phew, good to hear they didn't scrimp; I'd be gutted if they'd applied them as decals. BTW your Hot is the nuts.
Stuff to note:
It has a US BMX BB shell. DMR do adapters so you can fit a square taper or outboard BB.
Basically, there are few cassette hubs in the spacing you need. And screw-on hubs don't give much option to tweak rear chainline. So you need to do your homework.
Rear ends on non-disk Humus were 110mm, 112mm, and 120mm. All are variations on old-school track or BMX spacing. My A'ha is 112mm with a perfect "track standard" 42mm chainline. This limits your rear hub choices to BMX, track or older dirt jump bikes (DJ bikes now all seem to use 135mm disk hubs). So the options are somewhat limited unless you go upmarket to Phil Wood, Campagnolo Pista, Profile BMX (drool) etc. Or put a screw-on freewheel on a narrow old road hub. Maybe Surly or On-One do one? Alternatively, go to Alans BMX: He has some old-school BMX hubs that will do the job and look the business.
The curved top tube is a lot thicker walled than the Humu. Combined with the gas-pipe rear end and the big BB shell, it's no lightweight.
Yes, stars and bars are presumably decals, but are under the clear coat.
Kanerdog has the most awesome A'ha ever:viewtopic.php?f=6&t=18821
This is proper good advice, many thanks indeed. Kanerdog's is cool...apart from the paint but that's just me preference.
I've got the BB, cranks and chainring so no worries there.
I have the rear hub which I will service and defo keep.
I'm now thinking I build up the wheels (not by me cause I'd like them to be round
). Question is, what rims should I use? Can I use "normal" period Mavic rims or do I need to have something specific for the hub? I also have a spare 97 Kona front hub (called the 999 in the catalogues) I assume I could use that if I find the right "pair" of rims.
Looking into the catalogue, it had Sun AT18's, 32 hole. Could I use some nice Mavic 221 / 220's like I have on the Explosif and Manomano?