The Manitou I picked up was from Sshockwave, who also brought them in. The bike was sold by the original owner. He broke the stem, which was fairly typically. He threw away the rigid fork, which is a shame, when he updated to the prototype shock fork. It never came with Manitou hubs since those were used on the frames with the optional wide spacing. The bike I picked up is pretty standard for a Manitou, not asymmetrical, not wide spaced.
There was no standard kit for a Manitou. Everything was an option. I spoke with Doug about a bike in the late 80s and still have the price list and correspondance.
sugarcity was the importer going by the seatube decal
original owner was paul, who imported titus for a while.
Now that name does ring a bell. I'm quite sure that's who Tom mentioned.
Â£1500 for a full bike aint so bad I spose given how rare it is. going by the currant klein adroit forks making $1200 I'd guess those mani forks would make waay more than the mani frameset above actually sold for.
Yeah, it's a fair price. I agree, there's good value in the forks. Would like to know where the Manitou hubs and stem have gone though - all three came with a complete Manitou package.
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