Finally thought I'd get round to posting a few pics of my old FSR on here, prompted by popping into my LBS with it a couple of weeks ago (a rare outing for it) and one of their staff commenting on how good its condition was for its age.
I've had it since new, first reading about it in MountainBike Action magazine (they'd made it their 'Bike of the Year '97') and then bought it from Leisure Lakes in Daventry after seeing one on their stand at Bike '97 and giving it a test ride.
I've upgraded bits and pieces of it over the years, hence the specs list below:
Frame: 1997 Specialized Ground Control FSR Comp ('Cosmic' colorway (black/dark green/aubergine depending on the light direction)) - Size M.
Fork: 2000 Rock Shox SID 100 dual air (originally RockShox XC LT (80mm))
Rear shock: 1999 Rock Shox SID dual air with BETD shock linkage (the shock was bought second-hand from Leisure Lakes in Daventry) (Originally shock was a Fox Vanilla RX coilover)
Headset: 1 1/8" WTB New Paradigm GreaseGuard headset
Stem: RaceFace 'System' stem
Handlebar: O'Neal/Azonic double-wall riser bar
Brakes: Hope Mini disks (Originally Shimano XT)
Brake Pads: Hope
Brake Cables: Hope Hydro
Brake Levers: Hope Mini
Misc: '99 Specialized 'shark fin' disk brake adaptor (though the packaging says 'A-Z adaptor' - is there a difference?)
'97-'98 MountainSpeed needle roller bearing kit (replacing all of the plastic PU bushes)
Shifters: SL-M750 XT shifters (changed at the time the Hope disks were fitted)
Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT FD-M750 35.0mm – might still the the original item?!?
Rear Derailleur: '97 Shimano XTR RD-M950 SGS – deffo. the original, and still going strong!
Derailleur Cables: maybe GoreTex (can't remember)
Cassette: Shimano CS-M750 Type aQ (11-32T)
Chain: SRAM PC59
Cranks: 1998 Specialized S-works - I bought from a little cycle shop on a long weekend in Las Vegas!
Crank Bolts: original frame items
Chainrings: Specialized (22, 32, 42) - I think?!? Came with the crank arms from Las Vegas (baby!)
Chainring bolts: Came with the cranks/rings.
Bottom Bracket: XTR (I think?!? Bought one 2nd-hand off of a local shop rider, which I think I fitted it to this bike - haven't had it out in a while)
Pedals: Shimano PD-M747 peddles (with Altec aluminium collars instead of the grey plastic ones)
Hub Skewers: Shimano XT
Rims: Mavic X317 disk specific
Hubs: Hope XC front & rear
Nipples: DT (silver)
Spokes: DT DoubleButted (black)
Tyres: Panaracer Fire XC pro
Tubes: Some make of blue latex tube
Saddle: 1997 Flite Titanium
Seatpost: Ritchey alloy 30.9mm (more for vanity as that's my name)
Seatpost Binder: original Specialized alloy item
Original 1997 specs from Bikepedia: http://tinyurl.com/36y25e5
I still have the original seat stays, front fork and rear shock, though everything else I took off it went onto another frame which I later sold on to a mate (1994 Specialized S-works Stumpjumper FSR)
An early y2k photo with some upgrades (Shimano carbon fibre v-brake boosters, Mavic 217/XT wheels, Azonic riser bar, etc)
As it is today
More pictures of it are on Flickr here: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjuv3JW8
as well as pix of my daily commuter ('96 Gary Fisher Montare) and my current project bike (Klein Pulse Pro)