Sorry, but I don't get it
Why is this bike an any more likely candidate for BoTY than the Cleland featured earlier this year that so polarised popular opinion?
why you believe what one or two people say?
Perhaps because I have a mind of my own and have never 'followed the herd...'
...and whilst I think the full suss. Manitou/Marin models are things of beauty that can never be equalled let alone bettered, this one does nothing for me except as an historical reference point.
Surely, if someone is remotely interested in mountain biking then all bikes are equally cool or equally naff?
I`d be interested to view this bike in a cycle museum display, in context with the others of the time, but I wouldn't be remotely interested in owning/riding it...
...which is just my
opinion, and in no way detracts from the OP's joy at finding his Holy Grail
at long last; there are just aspects of this scene I doubt I'll ever fully understand!