I came across this frame on ebay and kinda fell for it straight away. Unsurprisingly, it was outed on here and a couple of people also expressed an interest in it, so I was pleasantly surprised to win it for what I considered to be a very reasonable amount.
Having been rather busy with study, other projects and generally taking on more than I can get done, I feel ashamed that it was only tonight that I freed it from its Alivio groupset it had somehow got lumbered with.
I've not had a chance to start cleaning it, but I'm pleased with the overall condition of the frame. The paint is a bit dodgy in places, but hopefully not irredeemably, as it's a lovely metallic red. One thing I discovered, which is both a plus and a minus, is that the bottom bracket threads must have been damaged at some point, as the shell has been chamfered for a Mavic bottom bracket. The positive side of this is it means I also got a good condition Mavic bottom bracket into the bargain (along with all that dreamy Alivio).
Smooth as Mavic bottom brackets are, they're not particularly light, so I was surprised how light the frame and forks felt once it was stripped. A quick weighing confirmed this, with an indicated 2.74 kg for the frame and forks with the Ritchey headset and seat bolt.
I've really not given too much thought to build yet - I suspect silver parts might look best on it where possible and as a start I was picturing a set of Middleburn cranks, along with probably keeping the titanium stem and bars that came with it.
I apologise in advance, especially to other people who wanted to buy it, for how slow the build is likely to be. My long running Scapin build is testament to the fact my projects tend to not only be restricted by the limited budget I have, but also an unwillingness to compromise when I decide on how I want it to turn out.
If anyone has any information on it it would be gratefully received. I've not researched Aende or Alan Braithwaite/Derek Wood yet - if it is definitely made by Aende - other than reading one thread on a time trialling forum, where one person mentioned buying an mountain bike frame for his son, but that was the only ATB reference I've yet found.