After I spotted this sitting outside one of the buildings in my neighbourhood locked up, and leaving a note on it at 2am one morning 2 weeks of negotiations commenced
I collected this on 21st july (just happens to be my birthday too
It started off with my intentions of being my first retro restoration
All of the components are in top working order but the frame is a little tatty.
Polished aluminium with the laquer scratched quite badly.
Anyway, I started to strip it down to every last component and bearing.
Discovered that one of the rear suspension units had seized solid and despite my best efforts was not shifting!
The forks had seized solid and took the best part of 6 hours and my patience to free them up (eventually popped them in the oven
, did the trick though)
It has now been built back up and the rear sus internals removed and replaced with rods to create a hardtail frame
Finished scrubbing the drivetrain down thismorning and got it up and running just after lunch.
So got it out in the sunshine today for 3-4 hours along the canal and bridleways. runs sweet as a nut and feels fast as a whippet compared to my Super-V, it weighs half as much and the (comparitively) skinny 1.9 tyres roll along so so smooth.
Going to enjoy it as a commuter and bit of a toy and enjoy it for what it is ................
A Manitou FS copy
Some say, that he IS the love child of Superman and Chuck Norris
And that He is recognized by the queen of England as the only knight who still wears a helmet........................
All we know is he's called Enid
My Orange Mr O Badass http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... sc&start=0
My M800 B.o.T.E http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=91817
My Super-V http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=46412
My Old Balance FS450 http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... 022#599022