Well, as usual I can't help but meddle with a bike, so from a fully functional ride I am now left with this...
It's not as bad as it looks though! I decided that this frame deserved better than the tired M739 kit which it came with, so I'm collecting a mix of modern-ish parts and some retro parts to build a bike that I am happy with.Parts thus far:
Forks: Fox F80 RLT (from a forum member, temporary until I get some RC38's fixed)
Headset: Cane Creek S8 (came with bike, and I'm impressed by it's construction)
Stem: Pace RC45 (came with bike)
Bars: Pace RC Sub130
Grips: WTB or Ritchey WCS
Brakes: Formula Oro K24 (will eventually change to modern Hope's)
Shifters: Shimano XTR M970
F/Mech: Shimano XTR M960
R/Mech: Shimano XTR M970
Chainset: FSA Carbon Pro
Seatpost: Thomson Elite 29.4 (I had to get the right size post, the shimmed USE post was bugging me)
Saddle: Selle Italia Flite (came with bike, old & battered but v.comfy!)
Pedals: Crank Bros Eggbeater 1 (went for the cheaper version as I've only ever used SPD's before
Wheels: Mavic XC717 silver on Chris King Discotech hubs (oldies but goldies
And that's where it's at right now, I took the frame to the LBS to have the non-drive side bottom bracket cup removed as it was seized solid and I was in danger of mashing up the cup beyond recovery, they also tapped and cleaned the threads.
Also had to replace the piston in the master cylinder on the front brake, having not worked on disc brakes much it was a daunting task but I found a great guide on the internet that made it easy.
Looks like it's going to be a pretty monochrome build, lots of silver, some black, and that's about it really