Well I've tried the Starship with a 100mm stem and some old Easton Monkey bars and it felt better but shockingly I cannot bond with it
I think the problem is that back in the day this was such a dream bike that I think I somehow expect it to be 4 times better than the £600 bikes I was riding. It's certainly not twice as good as my Rockhopper even though it weighs less. Rear tyre clearance ain't upto North Yorkshire mud standards either.
It's also a step too far for me in terms of technology, as to this day I have not had a bike with suspension forks (luddite), let alone a bouncy arse.
I also don't want to damage it with my lardy 6'3" frame knowing that it's Easton 7005 stuff. I rode a Kona Kula made of, I think Easton 7005, with Mazz forks of a similar vintage to this about 9 years ago and the headtube cracked on that.
I suspect it is a 1996 build, this is an assumption as the frame number starts 96 1070.
Think I'll ask Father in law if he wants me to sell it on his behalf