Thank you all for you kind words, it has been a labour of love geting the parts sourced for this project, stripping and polishing the frame went on forever. I have some nice Judy SL's to go with the bike (thanks to Drapoon) so will fit these one day soon.
I purchased this bike in 1995 from Cambrian (UK distributors), I work for a company that supplied them with goods for another side of their business and got friendly with the guys which eventually ended up with them making me an offer, I could not refuse, to buy the bike. The bike they supplied was the original bike used by Steve Worland to do a review for MTB Pro magazine and also Chipps to ride the 3 peaks (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike & Snowdon). If anyone has got either magazine I would love a scan. The bike was originally supplied with rigid forks and brand new Manitou 4's as the Judy XC's fitted had blown a cartridge during the magazine tests.
This bike was used by me for over 4 years until I had to stop riding, on doctors orders, due to injury (not bike related). Together we have ridden the South Downs in 2 days, completed 50 mile off-road enduros, many races including NPS at masters level, plus many more adventures. I have tried to keep the restoration faithful to the original build where I can, some parts were replaced over those years and these are what you see in the pictures.
The bike is truly amazing to ride, so quick and light, a real thoroughbred race bike which is what they were designed to be. The Parkpre USA race team prefered these over the Titanium models because of the sharper handling and better power transmission. I hope to bring it along to some retro meets in the future to save any more embaressment having turned up with a fairly modern bike in the past.
Scan of MTB magazine review here http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=24178
I having problems taking a decent photo of the bike, the frame is so shiny!