Iâ€™ve always admired Ned Overendâ€™s bikes. They were never quite as flashy as Tomacâ€™s or Herboldâ€™s, but from a racerâ€™s perspective, they were always specâ€™d with enough care to make them stand out. Something uniquely cool about themâ€¦ built for speed is what comes to mind. I visit the display at MBS in Durango almost daily, and although I could be bullied into owning any or all of them, Nedâ€™s 1992 Team M2 is the only one that really interests me. Serious stuff considering it hangs next to his 1993 Ti/Carbon Ultimate.
For the most part this is an exact replica of Nedâ€™s 1992 Specialized M2 Team. Iâ€™ve consulted a few people on this, and I know there were different specs for the team bikes in late 1991 and early 92. The team began using Control Tech, which is shown on Osguthorpeâ€™s bike in the 25th Anniversary Stumpjumper book, but then switched to Zoom, most likely because of sponsorship. Ned says the bike at MBS was likely his build for worlds that year. He is nearly certain the team did not begin using a Sugino disc until late 92, and full-time in 1993.
The only original picture I can find on the net is here: http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j52/a ... CN1220.jpg
The real deal: http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j52/a ... m2team.jpg
Frame: 1992 Specialized M2 Team - 18â€