I agree that the decals look like authentic 97 decals, but I've never heard of a Nunu before 99 and the frame is from 98 or later, as 97 Konas had downtube rear mech cabling. It's probably a 98 frame as it has no gusset nor replaceable hanger, which they had by 99 (although not in the catalogue for some reason). I think the fork is a 99, but it could be 2000, I'm not an expert.
To be honest, I'm slightly suspicious of it - and if it were a US-built and painted frame, I'd expect there to be a sticker staying so
No worries, I'm suspicious too - but got it dirt cheap so no worries!
So they S&B scheme was for the Us-built ones.. that makes sense
I have a couple of close-up shots and it seems that it has a replaceable der. hanger. Most likely it was painted at the dealership or something.. Btw, the sticker on the seattube also says double butted alu, and the 99-onwards nunus were normal 7005.
Hopefully things will get clearer once I see the frame.. Even though it isn't a full blown custom hot, the stars and bars will be rescurrected as the we both love the scheme and it is the original paint of this particular bike
...and I'll probably never have enough funds to justify a S&B hot