I've been lurking from time to time, always digging into a possible Homegrown purchase but sadly it never happened. However, the wait is finally over and I am now the proud owner of a 2000 Homegrown Pro. I picked it up a couple days ago and had yesterday to dig through my spare part bins and mock up some components. Here is what I came up with... a rigid 96'er with a 1x8 drivetrain. I'm not a weight weenie especially being a bulky ex-rugby player but I am trying to build the lightest bike I've ever owned and that 2lbs 9ozs frame (if you believe the 2000 catalog) is an awesome starting point to a light weight build. The highlight of the build is the Rick Hunter SuperCrown 29'er/CX fork, it's an earlier SuperCrown and the filet brazing is beautifully done. The rest of the build consists mostly of PAUL, XTR, Thomson, and AC components. Hanging me up right now is needing to find an ICBM headset as my frame came with the "tomato" seat clamp but no headset. Thankfully my buddy who wrenches at my LBS thinks he has two and if so he'll sell me one (fingers crossed).
Anyway, just glad to finally call myself a proud owner! Thanks for all the insight along the way that you didn't know you provided, very helpful and much appreciated! Unfortunately, my mock up photos won't load so I'm able to share my Homegrown with you but I'll look into a url hosting site and work on getting them posted.