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 Post subject: 1989 Mantis Valkyrie
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:26 am 
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I had this one since august but haven't had the parts yet to complete it.

Originally bought by Mark Bolish (Nuke Proof) in 1989. S/N VK 2011, and raced in Moab and Boulder in the 1990 WC. Might be THE bike for me as I really love the quirkiness and the experimental form-follows-function style of it. Maybe I want a X-frame even more, not sure ;)

He sent me some pictures of it that showed the different iterations, and the bike have had some different colors. All painted by Mark himself. The current blue/purple is also painted by Mark, but I recently painted the fork crown black and changed the decals from white to black.


ImageIMG_3855 by Bjørnar Håland, on Flickr

ImageIMG_3854 by Bjørnar Håland, on Flickr

One of the first build ups:

ImageIMG_3857 by Bjørnar Håland, on Flickr

ImageIMG_4466 by Bjørnar Håland, on Flickr

Getting there...

ImageIMG_0578 by Bjørnar Håland, on Flickr

ImageIMG_0480 by Bjørnar Håland, on Flickr

Back from the painter and new rear brake installed (ish), black hete rite

ImageIMG_1438 by Bjørnar Håland, on Flickr

ImageIMG_1439 by Bjørnar Håland, on Flickr

ImageIMG_1437 by Bjørnar Håland, on Flickr

Looking forward to finish it!


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So much fun right there!


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 Post subject: Re: 1989 Mantis Valkyrie
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 4:37 pm 
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love it. Certainly different. Love the colour. Classy build


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Personally, I prefer the white decals, but that's me. It's still lovely with the black ones.


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 Post subject: Re: 1989 Mantis Valkyrie
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:23 pm 
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that's all kinds of yummy. thx for sharing! 8)


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 Post subject: Re: 1989 Mantis Valkyrie
PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:24 pm 
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Stunning bike and buildup Bjørnar ! Normally I doesn't like blue bikes so much, but yours is lovely in that color!


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 Post subject: Re: 1989 Mantis Valkyrie
PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:39 pm 
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Thanks Norman!

Getting there now I think. some adjustments, decals and fine tuning left now.

ImageThe Mantis Valkyrie in progress. Last round now. by Bjørnar Håland, on Flickr


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Nice. I love these. Will have to get my build going one day.
Do you have a 2nd one of these in getting painted by Toxik Harald?


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 Post subject: Re: 1989 Mantis Valkyrie
PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:25 pm 
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Maybe, Roy ;)

Yes, I have a second one as well. Long time project I guess. Have you seen it at Toxic?


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It’s a beauty, but then every bike you build is! Where do you find all the awesome parts? I am not so lucky in my searches in the UK.


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