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    1983 Mantis Sherpa  

The Sherpa was the fillet brazed Cro-Moly model from Mantis. Later, Mantis became well known for some of their more non-traditional models such as the Valkyrie and Flying V but they started with this relatively standard model.  The Mantis stems used a 3 bolt face plate configuration with the front brake cable routed through the face plate.  The fork had been replaced with a suspension fork which we replaced with this chrome Unicrown fork.  If anyone has a more correct Mantis fork, give us a shout. Components are relatively standard Shimano Deore XT with Phil Wood hubs.

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After taking pictures of the bike, Richard Cunningham send us a template for the front mudguard.  We used the pattern to make one and added it to the bike (pictures below).

1983 Mantis Sherpa  1983 Mantis Sherpa

Frame Cro-Moly fillet brazed
Fork Cro-Moly TIG
Rear Shock NA
Rims Araya 7X
Hubs Phil Wood
Spokes Stainless Steel
Tires Panaracer/Specialized
Pedals Shimano  PD-MX15
Crank Specialized
Chain Sedis
Rear Cogs Suntour 6 speed freewheel
Bottom Bracket Sealed bearing, press fit
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
Shifters Shimano Deore XT thumb shifters
Handlebars Mantis alloy
Stem Mantis
Headset Shimano 600 "starfish"
Brake set Shimano Deore XT
Brake levers Magura
Saddle Unicanitor
Seat Post Suntour XC
Colors Green
Size 21"
Serial #   m210004m

 

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