Well, after almost 20 years my friend convinced me to try mountain biking again. And since I've still got my old 88 Stumpy frame hanging in my garage I started looking on craigslist for some parts. I happened to stumble across an ad for a $50 mountain bike and when I clicked on the link, the description read "s works manitou" so I gave the guy a call. It was an older guy who said the bike belonged to his son in law but they were moving and wanted to get rid of it. After having him measure the frame and read off some labels I drove 100 miles to take a look.
Here's what I found (after I took it home, scrubbed off years of dirt and spiderwebs, and replaced the flat road tires with new Kendas):
Frame: 17" 1992 Specialized S-Works M2
Fork: Manitou SX
Headset: 1" Aheadset
Grips: Nasty rotten Yetis replaced with new Yetis
Barends: Answer Hyper Ends
Brake Pads: XT
Brake Cables: Shimano
Brake Levers: XT
Front Derailleur: XT
Rear Derailleur: XT
Derailleur Cables: Shimano
Cassette: Sram 8 speed
Cranks: Topline 175mm
Chainrings: Shimano SG
Pedals: XT SPD
Hub Skewers: unknown
Rims: Sun Mistral (super narrow)
Tyres: Kenda Small block eights
Saddle: Selle Italia Turbo
Seatpost Binder: Flight Control
Weight: was 23 lbs with flat road tires
The paint is chipped just about everywhere but there's not a single dent or crack to be found. The rims spin true and the fork seems to work fine. I've never ridden a bike with suspension before so I'm not quite sure to expect. All I know is that this bike brings back memories of the bikes I could never afford when I was a teenager.
I replaced the saddle (which was worse than sitting on a jagged rock) with a WTB Speed V, stripped the purple/pink anodizing off the bar and seatpost, threw some new brake pads on and gave her a general tune up. I can't wait to go riding again.
Any info you guys might have on this model would be much appreciated since I can't seem to find much on the 1992 year. Thanks in advance!