This frame is really pretty special if the catalog is to be believed. Designed by Mark DiNucci, the frame is ostensibly Tange Prestige Superlight, but there's no tubing decal on it. I'd guess this is because DiNucci asked for so much customization in the tubes, that it wasn't a stock Prestige Superlight set anymore? The colour is burgundy fading to purple, which I never would have known if I hadn't read it in the catalog. I didn't even see it outside on an overcast day when I picked it up. I think you'd have to be in full sun to see it.
Overall the frame just has a 'don't attract attention' vibe, and I just can't say that I like it. It sparks no joy for me.
And that's kinda it for the good. This thing is really rough.
The bad? Nicks and scrapes like I've rarely seen on a frame. One dent on the chainstay, but otherwise terrible. The highly sought after Avid Tri-Align brakes are all broken. Maybe they have some value for parts, but I bet the broken plates are the parts people want. The wheels, while straight, are an XTR hub (I think) on a Mavic 238 rim on the front, and a crappy bolt-on freewheel hub on a no-name rim on the back - the kind of thing I'd expect to see on a $40 Walmart bike. The XTR hub is toast - you can feel the cones are pitted badly.
The XTR derailleur has one of the pins pushed out of the body of the derailleur. I've never seen this before, hopefully I can push it back in.
It's rare, so I think it would do relatively well on eBay, even in its crappy condition. And even though I don't care much about it, it is a special frame. There's one on eBay right now in similar shape, listed for nearly CDN$500 - which is insane. I'd be pretty darn happy with $200.
On the other hand, I could build it up to a more-or-less XT level and redo the paint and decals. I've been wanting to find a project to repaint for a while. However, I can't find that S-Works decal on the headtube and seattube. So, given that it is rare and special, I would like to maintain that even though I don't really like it. Plus, I just don't see the average buyer here would see it as much more than a Stumpjumper. Technically, it's not a Stumpjumper - it's better.
I bought it to flip, so may as well maximize my return right? I think parting it out is the best way to do that. Drop me a note if you're interested.