I Swear everytime I see that black 'O' I love it more and more! Those skinny top and down tubes and that seemly rare 17" size... So nice, not to take it away from the orange and white 'O' but that black 'O' is a cut above... bloody awesome!
Is the 17" a rare size?.... my Oct '91 ( brought from Cyclerelic ) is also a 17" frame. No top mounted cabling or replaceable mech hanger like the orange/white one though. Do you reckon orange tried this for a bit then reverted back to a more conventional set-up?
Unless your orange/white one had already previously been painted with newer decals, in its black guise it looks later then 91.. more like the decal sets that were kicking about in 94? That might account for the different cable routing and mech hangers..? But if it is a 91 I wouldn't be suprised if orange were moving the routing round and experimenting a bit. After all 16 revisions of the clockwork in 6-7 years.. whats that all about?
I've seen a few 'O's kicking about but very few in 17".. my size!
When all said and done, if you ever feel like moving to the darkside.. theres a P7 here waiting for swapsies
(Not for a moment that I think you would entertain the though of dirty steel..
Plenty of Oranges in the shed..