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    The Road Was Long And Hard: Mantis Valkyrie Unearthed

    The time line on this pushes the two year mark I think. No easy item to free from it's very unmotivated and reluctant owner. On top of that, the original fork was sold off and sent away from it's matching frame. After a great deal of seed planting and coaxing...here she is.
    And, by way of miracle, the owner of the fork was willing to help me set the fork back in place with its frame, reunited again. For this I am especially grateful. A huge debt of gratitude to SS for the fork, and to my riding buddy SH for helping me free the frame from a life of neglect.

    A quick note about the frame. It was cracked and has since been repaired...the spray paint not all that close of a match. Normal trail wear to the paint, decals are all in good shape. Not sure it this one will get a respray. If/when I get replacement decals...then she'll go in for a respray in the same day-glo green. I haven't figured out a parts spec for it yet either. I'm just glad to have it in my hot little hands. This one is a keeper.



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    damn! congratulations on your hard work and persistance. i'll definitely be looking forward to the results.

    honestly, i had forgotten that bike even exixted, but as soon as i saw the pics, the memories came rushing back. e-stay bikes seem to be bashed all the time, but i still love them. outstanding!

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    Very nice. Good job on aquiring that frame. Stamina pays off.
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    Congrats!

    Nice find! Is that a Salsa stem on there? Long bugger! What? 140mm?

    Have fun with your project, I'll be looking forward to your follow ups!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    Nice find! Is that a Salsa stem on there? Long bugger! What? 140mm?
    Yeah, that stem looks way too long for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssmike
    Yeah, that stem looks way too long for you
    Thats exactly what Ive been trying to tell him.

    He needs a Mantis stem on there.

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    Mantis

    More compliments Eric!!
    I love Mantis and Valkyrie for me is the best Mantis frame.
    How do you build it?
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    That's one of the few manti I ever lusted after. Maybe I'll have to build myself a replica one day...

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    Nice score Eric ! I'm not a fan of elavated chainstay bikes but I think I could give this one some love Can't wait to see it when its built

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    Are you sure you are going to keep it? You keep posting pictures of awesome bikes that have passed through your hands!

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    That stem is a 145mm.

    It is slightly longer than what I tend to use, but not too crazy. It'd fit you good Mike...but FB...if it doesn't fit me, I'm sure it don't fit you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by alasa
    More compliments Eric!!
    I love Mantis and Valkyrie for me is the best Mantis frame.
    How do you build it?
    Ciao
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    Hey Andrea. I know you were sniffing close to this one. Sorry about that...too much time and effort invested to let it slip away.

    The build will most likely be all M730/M732 XT and whatever gaudy top end anodized part at the time would be correct.
    The rear brake is an IRD....so I regret selling off my single pair of anodized purple Graftons for the canti mounts up front.

    This guy is currently last in line for the resto, however.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bushpig
    Are you sure you are going to keep it? You keep posting pictures of awesome bikes that have passed through your hands!
    Yeah, that Ritchey P-series thread is depressing.

    I have a fair amount of turn over due to space issues (which I know you know about! ).

    I build a bike, ride it a bunch, and if it really doesn't do it for me...I have no problems letting it go.


    There are some frames/bikes that do not get sold for any reason, and I think this is one of them.
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    such a cool frame.. and i bet a yellow judy would fit it just fine. 145 mm is too much stem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1
    such a cool frame.. and i bet a yellow judy would fit it just fine. 145 mm is too much stem.
    BLASPHEMY. Keep squisher forks as far as possible from that bike.

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    I had a non elevated Valkyrie and I remember the welds on the junction of the top tube and head tube being cleaner than that. My fork was filet brazed as well. Are you sure that fork is original? It is a beautiful bike don't get me wrong. Something just doesn't look right
    You wouldn't be in so much pain if you didn't ride like a dork!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CPATCRASH
    I had a non elevated Valkyrie and I remember the welds on the junction of the top tube and head tube being cleaner than that. My fork was filet brazed as well. Are you sure that fork is original? It is a beautiful bike don't get me wrong. Something just doesn't look right
    I think it's fine. I can't see much detail of the ht/tt junction in Rumpfy's picture, but I've never seen a Valkyrie that didn't have 'unfinished' (non filed) fillets. See attached pic. Also, most if not all Mantis forks were welded as opposed to brazed -- I have the Valkyrie/X frame prototype which was RC's personal bike and even that fork is welded.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    That stem is a 145mm.

    It is slightly longer than what I tend to use, but not too crazy. It'd fit you good Mike...but FB...if it doesn't fit me, I'm sure it don't fit you!
    Hey I rode many miles o trails with a 150 stem back in the short top tube days.

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    Now I remember!

    Quote Originally Posted by mwr
    I think it's fine. I can't see much detail of the ht/tt junction in Rumpfy's picture, but I've never seen a Valkyrie that didn't have 'unfinished' (non filed) fillets. See attached pic. Also, most if not all Mantis forks were welded as opposed to brazed -- I have the Valkyrie/X frame prototype which was RC's personal bike and even that fork is welded.
    The people that painted my bike filled everything in. The fork was brased though. I bought it new in late 1988.
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    You wouldn't be in so much pain if you didn't ride like a dork!

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    Hi Eric,
    I have pretty finish my Mantis collection!!
    I need only a Low chainstay Valkyrie,
    but I think it's very very hard to find!!

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    Partially Brazed

    Some of the forks had the dropouts brazed in and the brake bosses brazed on. The blades on all of them were welded to the crown/steerer junction. You can see ripples where the paint didn't go evenly over the weld bead just below the headset.
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    my eyes!

    Both, bootiful bikes. I was always captivated with this design.

    Nice score Rumphy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by logbiter
    my eyes!

    Both, bootiful bikes. I was always captivated with this design.

    Nice score Rumphy!
    Thanks LB!

    It's ugly and beautiful at the same time. And heavy as hell!
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