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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 10:48 pm 
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gripping story, bike is fantastic and the video is brilliant! :!: :idea:


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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 10:51 pm 
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ridevintagemtb wrote:
Lot of kind comments so far, thanks. Someone asked how it rode. Lets just say not great and leave it at that. Lot of mechanical issues with this bike. Some lowlights:

- Amazingly the shock held air for 20 years. Getting more in proved to be a wicked PITA and involved the help of Risse (nice guys). If anyone ever needs help with these needle valve ports, I can help.

- The fork is the best version of a Manitou I've ever ridden and it still sucks. I'm amazed that no one died racing one (that I can think of). I'm more amazed anyone BITD would have paid for one of these over a RockShox air fork.

- There's a downhill switchback scene in that video that's the second take after the first took the life of the first Ringle hub.

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Ultimately it's a cool bike, but 'vintage full suspension' provides more frustration than performance benefit. Anyone saying differing isn't pushing the bike hard enough.


That was me and thank you for the reply! My o my...so it wasn't the deformaties that caused issues moreover the components of the era. Whatever next? Modern kit better than the stuff we love? ;-)


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:27 am 
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Not many mtb collectors who can track down, rebuild, photograph, video, and ride a bike at the level Ameybrook does.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 8:15 am 
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Great bike, incredible work, brilliant post = pure class! :cool:


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:15 am 
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Love the video, good to see it rip ;)


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:35 am 
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benbonty wrote:
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Let Missy ride this thing again. :)


Now that WOULD be cool.... perhaps an interview and ride feature for the site!
Isn't she still doing time?


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:03 pm 
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mattr wrote:
benbonty wrote:
juice wrote:
Let Missy ride this thing again. :)


Now that WOULD be cool.... perhaps an interview and ride feature for the site!
Isn't she still doing time?


Nope, she's out and happily riding her Foes at Whistler :)


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:04 pm 
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My jaw also hit the floor when I saw this thread, that video really is the icing on the cake.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:27 pm 
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Fantastic bike and (hi)story!!!!!


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:43 pm 
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BOTM shirely...


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