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    1985 MCR Descender 

Most people think of rear suspension bikes as being a mid 1990's invention but here is one from a full decade earlier......even 5 years before the first commercially available front suspension forks!  There was an early school of thought that believed rear suspension was more important than front suspension.  The front of the bike could be steered around or lifted over trail obstacles while the rear hit everything.  Mountain Cross Racing was one of the earlier companies to produce these rear suspension bikes starting in 1984.  It appears as if the bikes were produced into 1987 with minimal differences. 

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1985 MCR   1985 MCR   1985 MCR 
1985 MCR   1985 MCR

 

Frame Cro Moly
Fork Champion
Rear Shock Oil Damped- Air sprung (100-500psi)
Rims Araya 7X
Hubs Shimano Deore XT M700
Spokes stainless
Tires Tioga Farmer John rear, Farmer John's Cousin front
Pedals Shimano  PD BMX 15
Crank Shimano 6206 Biopace
Chain Sedis
Rear Cogs Shimano 5 speed freewheel
Bottom Bracket Bullseye sealed
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore XT M700
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT M700
Shifters Shimano Deore XT M700
Handlebars Steel, shimmed
Stem Cook Bros
Headset GT Epoch
Brake set Shimano Deore XT front, Suntour roller cam rear
Brake levers Shimano Deore XT M700
Saddle Avocet Touring II
Seat Post IRD
Colors Black
Size 20" c-t
Serial #   NA

 

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