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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 12:06 am 
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First off, thanks to Retrobike for the inspiration to restore my 1991 Mantis XCR EC to its former glory. Not that it's in bad shape for an 18-year-old bike. Bought from Cambria Bicycle Outfitters CA, lived in Crested Butte CO and North Vancouver BC, this is now my daily London commute. But I want it back to original condition and spec - I have the original receipt to help but I have a few Q's for anyone who can offer advice.

1) Any recommendations on where to go for a respray in London/South East?

2) Rear chrome triangle is bolted and glued, I think. What should I do about this for a respray?

3) I seem to remember the BB is hammered in place and not easily removed. Think I had it done once but never needed it since. Again any advice for the respray?

4) Decals - where to get em?

Any other advice/encouragement most welcome. Thanks

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 Post subject: Spec sheet - then/now
PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 12:23 am 
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Frame: Mantis XCR-EC Purple 19" (as original)

Fork: Bontrager Comp Silver (as original)

Headset: XT headset (as original)
Stem: Ritchey Force Comp (as original)
Handlebar: Hyperlite 5DG Silver (as original)
Grips: Grab On MTN II (now Bontrager somethings)
Barends: Onza (added around 1994)

Brakes: XT 91 (now XT V brakes)
Brake Pads:
Brake Cables: (now Gore Ride On)
Cantilever cable hangers:
Brake Levers: XT long lever silver (now XT short lever)

Shifters: XT top mount (as original)
Front Derailleur: XT (as original)
Rear Derailleur: XT (short cage replacement)
Derailleur Cables:
Cassette: XT 12-28
Chain: Hyperglide
Cranks: XT 175mm
Crank Bolts:
Chainrings: 24-36-46
Chainring bolts:
Bottom Bracket:
Pedals: XT with Specialized clips/straps (now SPDs)

Hub Skewers:
Rims: Mavic 231 32 silver (now ??)
Hubs: XT (now Parallax)
Nipples: Wheelsmith Alloy silver 14g (now ??)
Spokes: Wheelsmith DB14/15 (now ??)
Tyres: Panaracer Smoke Comps 1.9" (now semi slicks)
Tubes:

Saddle: Selle Italia Flite black (now Specialized ?? grey)
Seatpost: IRD Silver 350mm (since 1995 Synchros black)
Seatpost Binder: SRP Titanium 6mm


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 1:46 am 
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The best kind of build...original owner, original paperwork, original...

I like it! 8)


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 9:05 am 
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There's a few Mantis owners on here who I'm sure will help, along with a decal guru (Gil_M) :)

Welcome aboard, nice ride :wink:


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 9:51 am 
Ain't no party like an S Club party
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That's gonna look great with a bit of work!

What's this all about on the receipt?

"HOME OF DOCTOR DEATH, THE MAD KAYAKING MACHINE"


??

:lol:


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 11:52 am 
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Coolio - I can see a secret breakaway UK Mantis forum already forming.... ;-)


Mantis on the web:

http://www.blackbirdsf.org/xframe/

Mr K


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 1:27 pm 
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Sweet. Love the rare interesting USA builds.

keep us informed with progress.


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PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2009 9:19 am 
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Welcome,
I wish I had a pro-floater or an XCR-ec hiding at the back of the garage.

Keep it original : 8)


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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 1:33 pm 
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Hey bro - thats a serious bike!

Get my thoughts - vibe and love

1 - Tony and Guy do a good spray, ho ho - do it yourself amateur!
2- What glue did you use - Pritt Stick - yerk yerk
3 - Use water colours - thats a tight spot
4 - No way - hard place, hard task, give it in bro

THE RECEIPT - you cruising the border between Sick sad / cool crew - dont ride to close - Sure the ladys find it interesting!?

Did you go on on the kayak machine - stranger


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