Dan Hanebrink and Brian Skinner worked on a series of rear suspension bikes in the mid-1980s. The first used the Descender name with a large center mounted shock. Dan like the side link shock and this appears to be an earlier steel framed version. Later, Dan went to SE and had aluminum front triangle versions made.
The shock is damped by tightening the quick release lever on the top of the shock! A 24" rear wheel allowed for more movement of the swing arm. Chain stay mounted cantilever brakes were something of an odd choice but was likely the only choice at the time since the roller cam brake didn't debut until 1985.
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|Rims||Araya RM-25 24" rear, 26" front|
|Hubs||Shimano Deore XT, bolt-on style|
|Tires||Tioga Farmer John rear/ Ritchey Z Max front|
|Pedals||Suntour XC II|
|Crank||Shimano FC 6206 Bio Pace 180mm|
|Rear Cogs||Suntour freewheel 6 speed|
|Bottom Bracket||1 piece to 3 piece conversion|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano Deore XT|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Deore XT|
|Shifters||Shimano Deore XT|
|Brake set||Dia Compe 980|
|Brake levers||Shimano Deore XT|
|Seat Post||Sugino SP-H|
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