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    Gary Fisher Procaliber from LBC

    Well, just picked up my first Gary Fisher. My local mom and pop bike shop had. Any ideas of the year? It looks to have the wrong fork. All XT. It's it's pretty decent shape. I'm stoked about it! It needs a bit of work but I was looking for a new project and I don't mind putting a little into this one.










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    It's a 1991. That fork is a replacement. Originally came with a rigid fork in yellow.

    I have an '86 Procaliber. One of my favourite vintage bikes to ride.

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    Yep, you have a 1991 Procaliber there. It originally came with a Suntour XC Pro/XC Comp mix. So not only is the fork not original, but the mishmash of Shimano parts are too- the XT derailleur, the LX front derailleur and brakes, and whatever the Rapidfire Plus shifters are. Looks like the crankset is still the original Suntour. No matter what you decide to do with it, it should be a fun ride. I like Tange Prestige tubing.

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    Good looking bike.

    I think you meant LBS, but when I read LBC the first thing that popped in my mind was "I just hit the east side of the LBC, on a mission tryin to find Mr. Warren G...."

    I know, scary flashback from the days of my youth when I actually listened to crap (sorry rap).

    Back on topic, looks like a fun restore, pic of it done or it didn't happen!

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    Sorry, I had just been listing to Gin and Juice, but the version by The Gourds. Great version btw.

    So I have a really non original bike. Great.

    Yea the shifter are LX, front derailer and brakes are as well. RD is XT.

    Oh well, I'll have fun with it.

    Anyone know where I can either get an OG fork or a rebuild kit for the Manitou?

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    FWIW, the front wheel and hub are original. The rear is a VooDoo rim with LX hub.

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    I actually traded my clean old 1992 Rockhopper even for it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Drummerboy1975 View Post
    Anyone know where I can either get an OG fork or a rebuild kit for the Manitou?
    You'll be needing a 1-1/4" (Evolution) fork for it. If you camp out on ebay and watch they do come up from time to time.

    No idea about Manitou elastomers, but I'm pretty sure I've seen some discussion of sources for them in threads here.
    Don't call it a gooseneck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drummerboy1975 View Post
    I actually traded my clean old 1992 Rockhopper even for it.

    Quality wise the Rockhopper is a better bike. I know all too well since i had that exact bike you pictured, and also built a gazillion RH's back then.

    The one nice thing about this bike are the original Sugino XP cranks. But even those break, I did mine one day just JRA'ing down a street in Davis, Ca.

    Biggest thing to look out for on this frame is the seat tube juncture. Mine was atrocious. On the inside of the seat tube it had a collar, on the inside. The end result is that there isn't enough area of circumference to hold the post unless you tighten the QR so hard that you can't drop the post smoothly when coming to steep drops. Add to the fact that it wasn't round and it was a mess, to put it lightly.

    I had the IRD suspension fork, it was sweet. The rigid fork this bike came with was great also, I did love Evolution handling and still believe in it.

    I am sure you will have fun riding it! Congrats!
    Good friction shifting is getting hard to find nowadays....

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    Thanks Unicrown Junkie, now I want much Rockhopper back.

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    If both bikes had their original parts, I take the Fisher in a second. But they are different sizes--which one fits you?
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    The Fisher

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    Then you made the right choice! Good luck with the rebuild.
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    Don't call it a gooseneck.

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    Although now that I look at it, you might actually get some pointers on the original build from that link even if you don't have $25k to buy it for parts.
    Don't call it a gooseneck.

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    Elastomers can be had at;
    Suspension Fork Parts eStore - (Powered by CubeCart)

    Or, you can also just porder bulk elastomer rod from grangier and make your own.
    It is also an easy conversion to install coil springs in place of the elastomers.

    The early manitou forks are lightweight and at least period correct (if non-original) to your bike but if you want to ride it hard, a modern fork would be a huge upgrade as far as suspension.

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    Post info everyone, thank you.

    Yea whats you with that 25,000 Procaliber? Does it has DNA from Gary Fisher's mass on the saddle or what?

    Anyway, I'm torn on weather to rebuild the Manitou or search for the OG fork.

    I did some more cleaning and wrenching on it. The saddle will be changing as well. I need a cassette as well. What came on these?



    It also came with a period correct "Bad Boy" sticker on the TT as well they I'll probably be leaving on it.


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    Front wheel and hub.




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    The sticker is sweet. I support your decision to leave it there.
    Don't call it a gooseneck.

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    nice ride...i put one of these together for my road rides (got cheap on fleabay)....so far its a nice ride, i need to put on a shorter stem though...i still cant get used to these old looong stems since i've been riding shorty's for so long.
    good luck with the build.

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    Cool man, got any pics?

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    Chain, gears, and Crank Brothers peddles installed. Now I just need to rebuild the fork with new elastomers and I'll be tearing up the trails.


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    Well, went back to my LBS and got my Rockhopper back. The GF was just too large once I got it built. So I brought it and played around with different wheel and tire combos.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Drummerboy1975 View Post
    The GF was just too large
    Hee hee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drummerboy1975 View Post
    Well, went back to my LBS and got my Rockhopper back.
    What? You're not going to put it up for a group vote? Pfffft.
    Don't call it a gooseneck.

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