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    1987 Mantis Valkyrie

    All this blah, blah, blah... what's vintage, why vintage, stop yelling at the newbs... jeebus... so here's a cool old bike to look at... Many of you have already seen it, some here have even owned it, but I figured I'd share it again anyways.
























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    Another lovely bike on my "want" list.
    Looks like a "tad" too big for me, though.

    Nice one MK.
    Wanted: more of the same ... but different

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    Thank you SMRTIN

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    A picture of a vintage bike! Clear photos that show the details! So clear and comprehensive that they act not only as eye candy but as reference material.

    It's a FESTIVUS MIRACLE!

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    Beautiful.
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    Period correct and ridden top end vintage mtb. It's a delight.
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    That's one of the best looking Mantis frames ever. I prefer this to the e-stay version. Very classy.
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    Martin,

    as much as you occasionally annoy me...I have to admit, that's a beauty...thanks for sharing.


    Was admiring the pics again and reveling in the details...noticed a few things:

    *if you ignore the cross members, it's very Phoenix-esque.

    *why did they put fender/rack mounts on such a sexy machine...can't imagine someone cluttering up the lines with fenders or a rack.

    *what is the other rear brake guide braze on for?



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    Occasionally?? I need to step up my game...

    You mean that if you add cross members to a Phoenix it would like Valkyrieish??

    Always wondered about the rack mounts myself, kinda lazy to leave them on like that if you ask me

    The bike is meant for a u-brake, so when I first set things up I ran the cable on one side only (would have been better with a TC instead of an RC). I have since adjusted the brake cable routing to use both guides:


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    Quote Originally Posted by SMRTIN View Post
    Occasionally?? I need to step up my game...

    You mean that if you add cross members to a Phoenix it would like Valkyrieish??

    Always wondered about the rack mounts myself, kinda lazy to leave them on like that if you ask me

    The bike is meant for a u-brake, so when I first set things up I ran the cable on one side only (would have been better with a TC instead of an RC). I have since adjusted the brake cable routing to use both guides:




    In order....


    *Haha...maybe you could repaint the Potts?


    *yup


    *complete agreement, uh, oh.


    *perfect explanation...thanks...do you notice a difference in feel either way?




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    Funniest compliment ever.
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    Definitely feels better with the new routing, but I still would like to try a softer cable to use for the cross routing as this feels a bit tough.

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    Nice looking bike!

    Was on FFB's site, and noticed they has one for sale. Bit too much dough for me right now, but cool to see none the less.

    So, without sounding newbish, and with knowledge it was built by someone who knew what they were doing, why are the head tube brazes so lumpy compared to say, a Ritchey? Just a hard area to get smoothed down so why bother?

    Color me curious is all.
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    RC didn't file the fillet brazing on these frames, so that's why they look like that. At least that's to the best of my knowledge.

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    1987 Mantis Valkyrie

    Cool bike, it's from the same year as me!

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