Thanks for the info Repacker. Yes, would make sense it's a 97 model with the bridge being that shape and not 96. I live about 15 miles from Specialized Headquarters where they did all of the engineering and prototyping of all the bikes so maybe a few customs made their way out of the factory or was ordered for a local team. Luckily I have parts that would match a 97 better than I have for a 96 so XTR and XT mix it is. Fork may be a problem, tough one to find that has all of the pieces to make it work again. I'm liking the green version as well so may go with that color unless I get more info on this one's heritage. I know an engineer who worked there for many years, retired now, if I can track him down it would be a big help.