1991 MANTIS XCR EC

craigsmith

Retrobike Rider
This bike has a simple story:

Bought by me in 1991 from Cambria Bicycle Outfitters (see original build and sheet below), it then spent quality time in Crested Butte, Co (by way of Moab and Durango), and then North Shore Vancouver before eventually returning with me to London some time in 1998. It eventually got replaced as my regular mountain bike, but I kept it (obviously) and started restoring it (extremely slowly!) about 10 years ago. So, here it is. Done for now. Although expect I'll keep evolving it. Just added the Ringle bottle cage and Onza RCR 200 bar ends this week. Those cable outers could be shorter, though...

Decals by Gil_m

Frame: Mantis XCR-EC Purple 19" (as original)
Fork: Bontrager Comp Silver (as original)

Headset: XT headset (as original)
Stem: Ritchey Force Comp (replaced, NOS)
Handlebar: Hyperlite 5DG Silver (replaced, NOS)
Grips: Grab On MTN II (replaced, NOS)
Barends: Onza (replaced, NOS)
Brakes: Onza H2O (replaced for XT 91)
Brake Pads: Kool Stop
Brake Cables: Jagwire (replaced)
Cantilever cable hangers: Onza Chill Pills
Brake Levers: Dia-Compe SS-5 (replaced, NOS)
Shifters: XT top mount (as original)
Front Derailleur: XT (as original)
Rear Derailleur: XT (short cage replacement)
Cassette: XT 12-28
Chain: Hyperglide
Cranks: XT 175mm
Chainrings: 24-36-46
Bottom Bracket:
Pedals: XT
Rims: Mavic 231 32 silver (replaced)
Hubs: XT (replaced)
Nipples:
Spokes:
Tyres: Panaracer Smoke/Dart
Tubes:
Saddle: Flite TitaniumMantis_2469.jpgMantis_2473.jpgMantis_2463crop.jpgMantis_2464.jpg
Seatpost: Ritchey
Seatpost Binder: SRP Titanium 6mm
 
Last edited:

craigsmith

Retrobike Rider
Re:

The 'before' pics
 

Attachments

  • Mantis before 2.jpg
    Mantis before 2.jpg
    949.8 KB · Views: 550
  • Mantis before.jpg
    Mantis before.jpg
    979.5 KB · Views: 550

craigsmith

Retrobike Rider
The original build sheet & being built (@Cambria Bicycle Outfitters 1991)
 

Attachments

  • Mantis_Cambria.jpg
    Mantis_Cambria.jpg
    458.8 KB · Views: 550
  • Mantis_buildsheet.jpg
    Mantis_buildsheet.jpg
    359.1 KB · Views: 550

craigsmith

Retrobike Rider
Re:

Yes, the Onza brakes are NOS and have seen no serious action since being fitted. I may swap them over for something more robust.
 

Latest posts

Top