Thanks for all the responses! For sure, MTB bikes - and old MTB bikes - probably are not the sexiest on WW. But alas...
Spent no more than 30 minutes cleaning the Homegrown. Turns out, it's in great shape. Took it for a quick 30 minute test spin in the backyard gnarly singletrack and it performed great... a testament to the Gore Ride-on (Light?) cables.
I also did a little research on this bike... the anodized gold seems to be the most popular color.. Homegrowns prior to 2000 were actually manufactured at the Yeti plant (the sparkle colored versions). Starting in 2000 and then in 2001, it was a Schwinn plant, using their new N'Lightened ALU material.
Sadly, just 1 year later, Schwinn/GT/Questor were in financial hardship but still produced fantastic high-end Made In The USA bicycles, sold to Pacific Cycles. Suddenly every GT and Schwinn was available at Wal-mart and other department stores. I purchased 4 sets of derailleur hangers on the news.
@victorduraace, No official weight yet. I'm guessing 21lbs. I'll have exact weights soon.
@frankie, the "Pro" version was the step below, with lower components and instead of anodized frame was painted orange.... The Hugi's were superfast with greenlites if the terrain was mild, which wasn't often around here. I was super happy to find a vast stash of both road and MTB greenlites in the basement.
@5shot, yes, the chain will most likely need to be replaced.
@victorduraace, I'm not an expert on the wheels or the tires. From the photos, you can see they are Bontranger X-Lite Tubeless, perhaps from 2003 era. The tires are "Revolt Super X Tubeless" which are still getting good reviews on MTBR.
The 2000 model was one of the first with an integrated headset called "ICBM" (Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile)... I'm not sure what the bike industry acronym for this is "Integrated... Chamber... Bearing... I don't know) ... But in 2000, weapons of mass destruction is always funny, right?
Fork is a 2000 SID SL with 80mm travel;
Wheels were in great condition. I didn't even clean them much since they were clearly 'good to go':
Rear brake track.. is spider approved:
BB area. Disregard the marks on the crankarms... simply mud from the test ride and the questionable area where some ancient electrical tape is covering up a secondary water cage bolt hole (WW points?). The Moccasin shoes visible in the photo are my dads that I borrowed for the photo shoot. Dogs keep stealing mine. Don't judge.
Stay tuned for legitimate off-road testing