In an attempt to finish some builds I am trying to finish one project per month this year, probably not going to happen, but it seems to have given me some momentum. February is this (I finished the Evans in early January so thought I'd get an early start):
This is only the second Cougar MTB I had ever seen, and after enjoying the other Cougar (http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=167553&highlight=
) I sort of had to have this one when it popped up in the WIW thread. It came fully built, rather untidy and covered in grime, some stripping, binning, cleaning and latterly some T-Cutting have brought it up well, the paint is missing in places and there are some gouges, but I'm not going to repaint as I like patina!
I am not all that keen on the red decals, and had thought of replacing them with black before it arrived, but as they are under the lacquer they shall stay, they have influenced a few other component choices too. My guess is 1992 as it has the braze-on at the rear of the seat tube for a front mech roller, pre-dating top pull front mechs, and the frame number has a 2 in it, Dolan are less than helpful with confirming this, but it's good enough for me.
Build will be Suntour XC Pro; Dia Compe SS5/987 brakes; Salsa stem; Mavic headset; True Temper bars; ODI grips; Turbo saddle; M231 hubs; Ritchey tyres; Zero skewers (new for 92!) and some other 92 bits and bobs. Wheels will get built next week and then I just need to source a front and rear mech and some other little bits and bobs.
Splash of red: