Although it pains me to put any bike up against a Jellybean (even though should have Mag 21s right, kids?!), in the interests of global retro unity I persuaded Mike at Black Mountain Cycles to let me enter one of his awesome personal collection of bikes into our humble BOTM - he was a little bemused to say the least - probably at my sacriligious selection, but hey ho... I got to choose!
This beautifully understated and rare '89 (if I remember correctly) Mantis Valkyrie by Richard Cunningham moved to Germany from whence Mike rescued it and is a bike I've always wanted to ride - one day, c'mon Mike
, I might even own one...
PS. If you're a Mantis or elevated fan like me, there's more detail here:
STATUS: PENDING - 1995 Fat Chance Buck Shaver : 1997 Ballistic '917' : 1997 Ibis Alibi : 1988 Overbury's Pioneer : 1995 Specialised M2 : 1991 Nishiki Alien SP : 1997 ProFlex 857 : 1992 Mantis ProFloater : 1991 Kona Explosive : 1989 MS Racing CR1 : 1990 Marin Team Titanium : 1991 SCOTT Super Evo Pro : 1984 Bob Jackson ATB : 1993 Orange Vit T2 :