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    Official Doug Bradbury Manitou Thread

    It seems like there isn't a consolidated DBM thread so I thought I'd take a crack at it.

    Here is my 1989 blue DMB. All original build, came with some original DB forks as well. PO was a childhood friend of Doug's and ordered the bike directly from Doug.



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    ... and here are some cool other photos I've collected












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    Some more



    A couple more blues ones, Doug says he only did 5-6 of them



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    ... a few more



    Here's a 1988 with roller cam mounts front and rear:



    and a 1990


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    First Gen Manitou-FS


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    double century, get in here!

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    An attempt at trying to show off some changes, evolution between the model years. Welds look just about the same, I think the only difference I can tell is that the 88 gusset (seen the same on 87s) is taller than the later years.

    Head tube gussets 1988:



    Head tube gussets 1989:



    Head tube gussets 1990 (lousy pic):


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    You lucky man, I dream about your bike for many, many years..

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    A couple pics of the 89 Brochure including some of Doug's hand made Buisness cards and a cool glossy of an early (87?) Manitou






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    Sadly, all of my Doug bikes still need work of some form or another. Here are some
    teaser shots.

    One of the questions I keep asking myself is why none of these bikes got serial numbers?!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMRTIN View Post
    A couple more blues ones, Doug says he only did 5-6 of them


    I nearly bought that frameset. when the seller brought it to me I noticed the massive crack in the seatcolar, that the seller hadnt.

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    I was going to post some pics I took, but you seem to have found them already. The Travis Brown pic is from Mont Ste Anne in about 1991, as is the bike with the front wheel missing.
    Show me your Toads. Old Brodies, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GonaSovereign View Post
    I was going to post some pics I took, but you seem to have found them already. The Travis Brown pic is from Mont Ste Anne in about 1991, as is the bike with the front wheel missing.
    Are those photos you took? If so then I'm sorry for not giving you credit, I just had them in my DBM library.

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    [QUOTE=scant;10275941]I nearly bought that frameset. when the seller brought it to me I noticed the massive crack in the seatcolar, that the seller hadnt.[/QUOTE

    Was this frame repaired by a German collector?

    It's such a nice one.

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    There's nothing wrong with crack repaired bikes! :|
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    [QUOTE=DoubleCentury;10276379]
    Quote Originally Posted by scant View Post
    I nearly bought that frameset. when the seller brought it to me I noticed the massive crack in the seatcolar, that the seller hadnt.[/QUOTE

    Was this frame repaired by a German collector?

    It's such a nice one.
    sharky bought it first. not sure where it went, or indeed if pete still has it?

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    Cracktastic!

    One hardtail, one FS:

    Seek: Koski Trailmaster. Breezer Series 2 or 3. Cunningham Racer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aemmer View Post
    Cracktastic!

    One hardtail, one FS:
    Those look like the 7005 Easton Variolite versions, post DB buyout right?

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    That seat tube makes my head spin.
    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleCentury View Post
    Sadly, all of my Doug bikes still need work of some form or another. Here are some
    teaser shots.

    One of the questions I keep asking myself is why none of these bikes got serial numbers?!?

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    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff View Post
    That seat tube makes my head spin.
    Yup. I think it started out as a pipe with a 1/2" wall thickness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aemmer View Post
    Cracktastic!

    One hardtail, one FS:

    Ohh, Ohh same Easton tube that the Alpinestar's..!?

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    and yeti arcs... all cracktastic
    All the gear and no idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mik_git View Post
    and yeti arcs... all cracktastic

    Sorry I forgot to mention the ARC's too

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    Fun lineup over the weekend

    Official Doug Bradbury Manitou Thread-dsc_1402-vi.jpg

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    Here's another Bradbury, little later version than the ones above.




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    Hell yes!
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    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    Digging that cockpit. Great spec. What are those shifter pods?
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    Here's another Bradbury, little later version than the ones above.



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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff View Post
    Digging that cockpit. Great spec. What are those shifter pods?
    Grafton. It's all Grafton'ed out.

    I want that seatpost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SMRTIN View Post
    Are those photos you took? If so then I'm sorry for not giving you credit, I just had them in my DBM library.
    No worries. I posted them up originally so people could see them. And now you know where where they were taken!

    The week after Mt Ste Anne I was at the Mt Snow race and chatted with Doug. It was just after he sold the fork design to Answer and the first batch was being distributed. He was willing to sell me one, but it was too expensive for this teenager at the time. His handmade forks had a cooler dropout design, but they didn't work as well.
    Show me your Toads. Old Brodies, too.

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    Official Doug Bradbury Manitou Thread-manitou-1997-dh-full-shot.jpgOfficial Doug Bradbury Manitou Thread-manitou-1997-coil.jpgOfficial Doug Bradbury Manitou Thread-manitou-dh-1997-king-ringle.jpgDont know if you guys are interested,but this is the last frame and fork,and infact full bike,that doug designed for answer !

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    Very cool.

    Year?
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    Cheers,

    Its a 1997 Answer manitou downhill,with king fork and prototype ringle front hub,araya 915dh rims,and it has a pro shift rear mech in black and red at the moment,i rode this all day at epping forest a couple of weeks ago and it works flawlessly,

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    1993 System FS

    It is with a heavy heart that I share this with you.

    Official Doug Bradbury Manitou Thread-10001522_10152393094148240_3858488635149118119_n.jpg

    My beloved 1993 System FS. I was tearing it down to clean and rebuild when I noticed this crack. I've been riding it for over 20 years, and I'm retiring it anyway, but dammit this breaks my heart.

    It was a very good run.

    :'(

    -c

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    93 System FS frame
    Mach 5 fork
    Manitou CNC stem
    Hyperlite bars
    XTR dérailleurs & V-Brakes
    XT brake levers
    Grip Shift X-Ray
    King "NoThreadSet"
    White Industries Ti BB
    Pulstar front / XT rear hubs
    Speed Springs

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    It held on for 2 decades. Yes not a bad run.
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    Official Doug Bradbury Manitou Thread-5707313352_f3dbc3df59_b.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy Wiley View Post
    It is with a heavy heart that I share this with you.
    I've been riding it for over 20 years, and I'm retiring it anyway, but dammit this breaks my heart.
    It was a very good run.
    Flat out amazing is lasted that long!

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    Proper DBM
    There we go. Rad bike.
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    I spent a summer tree-planting when I was 18 (1988) so I could afford to buy this:

    Official Doug Bradbury Manitou Thread-1988-manitou-rear-angle-front-porch.jpg

    Stupidly sold it long ago. Doug said it was the first Manitou ordered from Canada.

    Trying to track it down now, or at least find out when it shattered...

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamobius View Post
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    Stupidly sold it long ago. Doug said it was the first Manitou ordered from Canada.

    Trying to track it down now, or at least find out when it shattered...
    Yeah, too bad you sold it! Now go punch yourself. It looks wonderful btw. Stem, forks....geeeez!

    you have more pictures?

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    you have more pictures?
    Ditto!

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    Great thread bump, I love these old Manitou's. Anybody have the one that had the fork suspension in the rear? Post a photo up if you do. One of the more intriguing rear suspension designs of all time. Back in the day my local bike shop had one in the front window. I left more drool on that window they eventually moved it inside. I guess cleaning the window got to be quite the hassle.


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    these pics make me misty...

    Decades of regret have accumulated...

    I had given Doug Bradbury a spec'ed drawing of what I wanted, and we had agreed on the dimensions. When I received the frame I was pretty choked to discover that he had built it with his traditional tall head tube, I believe it was 7.5" (I had asked for a 5" head tube). I remember when I was ordering the frame having a phone conversation about that head tube, and Doug trying to convince me of the benefits of going taller, which was probably true for the riding he was doing in Colorado.
    But at the time all my buddies were riding small frames, we were into trials-type riding; crazy rock wall descents, hopping up unrideable lines, not cross country stuff. Keeping your seat lowered and your bars close to the front wheel were where it was at. So to me, the frame seemed huge, and I was irked that he changed my design. I ended up selling it two years later to a friend who was 6'2" or so.

    Obviously looking back I should have held on to it like grim death!
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    Awesome bike Shamobius. I think Doug did give you the short headtube version. Check out this early Manitou built specifically for trials,

    1986 Doug Bradbury Manitou - Vintage Mountain Bike Workshop

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    Yeah I'm sure he gave me what I wanted. It still seemed tall up front for crazy steep descents where you hung your ass over the seat until the tread tickled the spandex...

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    P.S. your website is what got me thinking about the old steed. Thanks for that! I am telling my old riding buddies about the site. We all rode Yeti, Klein, Fat Chance, Ritchey. Everyone trying to one-up the other in coolness...

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamobius View Post
    P.S. your website is what got me thinking about the old steed. Thanks for that! I am telling my old riding buddies about the site. We all rode Yeti, Klein, Fat Chance, Ritchey. Everyone trying to one-up the other in coolness...
    All his workshop elves have paid for themselves.

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    So, this happened today...

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    After a month of tracking its travels from owner to owner over the last 25 years I had this conversation this morning on facebook:

    "Hi Pete, not sure if we have crossed paths before, but I'm kind of on a wild goose chase here. Back in the day (1989 I believe) I bought a Manitou mountain bike direct from the builder and sold it later to my friend Paul. He said that he gave it to a guy named Pete (neighbour of Ian) to find a fork for. Just wondering if you possibly be the same Pete...?
    Looking for my dear old bike, Shamus

    Unbelievably, yes I have the bike!

    you are joking me!?!? Is it still in one piece?

    I told Paul, probably 15 years ago that the forks need replacing as they are unsafe to ride

    which forks are on it, or did you replace them?

    As it is a 1" headset with huge steer tube, the fork options were limited, so I never switched them out

    Right on

    Then the bike sat in my attic
    and sat and sat

    Are you in Victoria?

    yes I am!

    Let's meet up, what's your day looking like today?

    anytime, anyplace!

    Haha

    Pete you have blown my mind today…"

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    Pete you are the man!

    Re-united with a long lost friend...
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    Wow!

    I wonder if the original stem broke; most did.

    And at some point it looks like it got new Manitou graphics, but lost most of those.

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