I didn't realise until reading their site that those elevated chainstay frames were sold under the Scott brand in Europe. I remember them from then and the Alpine Stars HT, with an unfounded uncertainty of elevated chainstay's, which was probably more to do with aesthetics. Although now, they don't look so bad to me.
Yep, expensive! Beautiful too. Proportions, even on the 29, straight tubes, exquisite welds, cowled drop-outs, interesting pivot-less suspension, tuned and built to order. I find that amazing!
Gold would be way too heavy.
La Ruta with a Lefty! Now we are talking!! I like your style DanW - in fact, it was your pic I think in the head badge thread that alerted me to Funk and then saw a La Ruta for sale on the US ebay.
Let me know when you get one please!!