With the Plasma, Sachs threw everything into their attempt to break into the US market. It was fiendishly high-tech, with a wacky cable routing, hollow aluminium hanger bolt, extensive use of composites, astoundingly light weight and plentiful stainless steel fittings - all very classy. The adjustment screws could even be turned with an allen key.
All of this has much in common with the SRAM ESP 9.0SL, and I often wondered if SRAM and Sachs worked together, even before SRAM bought Sachs’ bicycle parts business (also in 1997).
Like the ESP 9.0SL, I always had the feeling that the plastic Plasma might explode at any moment - but I have no evidence that they actually did so.
This example has its aluminium parts badly painted with white enamel. Mystifyingly, I have seen this on a number of examples - was it a fashion amongst Plasma owners to deface them in this way?