February 17th 2016
I spotted this lovely old Stumpy while looking for a pair of BX23 wheels. It was advertised as ‘Mens bike’.
Bar the pedals and chainset, it looks to be completely original (as luck would have it, I have an XT M730 chainset at home).
Listed as both auction and But It Now, I chose to buy it. It’s too small for me but given its condition and completeness I couldn’t resist.
Also, there were 4 people watching it. I don’t know what they were waiting for – these complete bikes come up so rarely.
It needs plenty of tlc, but that’s to be expected. In fact, I’d be surprised if it didn’t. Upon closer inspection the original shifter levers have been replaced with modern Shimano units, and the original Ground Control Extreme tyres are pretty shagged. As is common, the seat post was also stuck. It’s now unstuck and has been replaced with a new old stock black Deore XT seat post.
Other new old stock components have been found (XT skewers, pedals etc) and I’ll get around to restoring it properly in the months ahead.