...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models are things of beauty that can never be equalled let alone bettered, this one does nothing for me except as an historical reference point.
Really??? I think those early Mani FS bikes are/were cool, but in reality they were an inferior mechanical design that were further hindered by the material selection. So, pretty and shiny sure, but "unequalled"? nah
I did actually mean to look at
...let's face it, no-one buys a f'ugly bike just because of its mechanical superiority
Nor do I want to take anything away from your 'find...'
...I'm just at a loss why so many people adopt a 'Kings new clothes' point of view towards one bike and not another when there really isn't an awful lot of difference between them?
Hence my assertion that (for example
) as a museum exhibit, in context, I'd love to see it; but it's not something I would want for myself because it just doesn't appeal to me in that sense.