Always wanted one of these BITD , funds wouldn't stretch so I made do with a Black MsIsle. That though was cruely stolen on Christmas Eve 2000.
Anyhow, been thinking about my MsIsle recently and decided to look for the Bike I dreamed of, and lo and behold it appeared on the Bay almost immediately.
Its in good cosmetic order, and seemed to be pretty much the original spec, bar a few parts. Namely the Thomson post, and odd LX & XT shifters.
Friction Addiction Grip
Manitou Xvert E
Lx M570 Groupset ( one XT shifter & m750 r/mech are additions )
WTB wheelset & Tyres
Shockwave 165 x 38 shock
Angry Orange saddle.
Tyres are OE spec, WTB Velociraptors and could be originals.
All the bearings are a little dry, suggesting lots of cleaning but no real servicing.
Forks need a little top up, though oil is clean, and bushes have some slight play, though a stripdown and rebuild may sort this.
DB Spokes are loose, but rims are good,so after a service/some tlc she should be good to go.
There is not much info on the web about these.
The frames are numbered and rumour says less than 1000 produced...( most likely means they were rubbish and quickly replaced...!!! )
Mine is 0218
Was sold by Swinnerton Cycles, incidently where my original MsIsle came from.
The UFOs previous owner bought it from a guy in Plymouth about 3 or so years ago.
Not sure whether to keep her as is, upgrade to M750 or go the whole hog and add Discs and more modern suspension.