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    Old broken Manitou bike...

    Ok, I am posting this for my bummed out brother.

    He has this old early~mid 90s era FS Manitou bike that broke. It's the model that looks like it has a fork on the back for suspension. The arch part broke; cracked straight through on both sides. Does anyone here have a lead to someone that has these old parts? Yea, I know, good luck. Bro has already bought a Trek EX8 and is happy with it, but he would like to get the old girl running again. He loves that old bike.

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    At this point the best plan is to hang it on the wall or find some other way to make art of it.
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    Dun. it's done
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    mine did that years ago (not to a failure point), emailed manitou, they said, no fixing... still rode a bit for a year or more... but now the head tube is gone too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mik_git
    ... but now the head tube is gone too...

    Hey, I have one of those too we out to start a "show your crack" thread.






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    Quote Originally Posted by Tzvia
    The arch part broke; cracked straight through on both sides.
    strange, never heard these crack on a manitou. you should find replacement on ebay as there were many aftermarket break arches for manitou forks. they should fit. or you could take the brake arches of a similar manitou fs frame. good luck!

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    oH! OP do oyu mean the brake arch broke, or the rear fork crown? mine the crown has cracked...

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    Those bikes are made of cheese................
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    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff

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    Amazed the headtube didn't crack first.

    I think those Answer Manitous have the #1 failure rate. 80-90% of them have broken. I made that number up, but it couldn't be too far off.
    Non-broken examples tend to go for a lot...and even then, they'll surely break.

    If he wants another one badly enough...timing, patience, money. He's going to have to work for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mechagouki
    Those bikes are made of cheese................
    It wasn't just any cheese. It was a high tech aluminum/cheddar alloy with small amounts of emmental for strength. MUCH better than the cast iron/queso alloy bolts on my old '79Bultaco Frontera 250. Thumbs Up!
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    LOL his frame did brake at the headtube, and Manitou replaced it over a decade ago. The part that broke is the rear crown, clean through on both sides, and yea it's toast. Just thought I would ask. It was a beautiful bike, back in the purple anno days (but all his small bits and the Joysticks were blue). Time to strip what is useful from it (if anything) and recycle... :-(

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tzvia
    LOL his frame did brake at the headtube, and Manitou replaced it over a decade ago. The part that broke is the rear crown, clean through on both sides, and yea it's toast. Just thought I would ask. It was a beautiful bike, back in the purple anno days (but all his small bits and the Joysticks were blue). Time to strip what is useful from it (if anything) and recycle... :-(
    in the german vrc forum some guy is selling the marin version of that crown.
    http://www.mtb-news.de/forum/showthread.php?t=436581

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    Since most of the ones that failed cracked at the headtube, you would think he should be able to put the parts of two failed frames together. The main frame is usually what goes so replacing it would be a PITA. Finding a donor frame for parts of the suspension should be fairly easy if you are willing to wait a while.

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    I wonder...

    I have a 96 Manitou HT that is still ridden, although not nearly as much as it used to be, that has no cracks. In the years I've had it my weight ranged from 140 - 160 lbs. It's ridden aggressively, typical hardpack XC terrain.

    Ever since I first built it, I've been using a headset reducer to 1 1/8. Do you think the reducer has somehow lessened the load on the headtube, or am I just lucky to have one that hasn't cracked?

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