I'm still thinking it was produced in 95-96 due to the canti stop. Could have been sold later but I don't think it would have been produeced any later than that.
I'm not so sure. I have here the November 97 MBR with a Merlin advert with pictures of the then-new Rock Lobster Expert models (i.e., the first ones in Fuji Stoutlite and 7005, before the Tig Team models came out in 1998). The Experts definitely first came out in 1997 and they have canti bridges.
At that point, there was still a demand for cantis, even though the great majority were won over by the multiple advantages of Vs. And not just the 'you'll never get me up in one of those things' brigade. Quite a few people still believed that well set up cantis and strong fingers were better than over-fierce Vs.