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    1990 Manitou

This bike has a lot of neat features so there are two photo galleries below.   We are not 100% sure on the date of this one since Manitou did not use serial numbers.   The bike came with both the rigid and suspension fork and in 1991 Answer took over production of the forks so we are guessing 1990.  The early Manitou bikes featured a 145mm rear hub and 115mm front hub which made for stronger wheels.  The rear triangle is also shifted to allow for a strong dish-less rear wheel which is helped by the 90mm wide bottom bracket shell.   The forks feature cro-moly blades bolted into a billet aluminum crown topped off by the billet aluminum stem.  Overall, a very well thought out early mountain bike with some usable innovative features.

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Frame Aluminum
Fork Manitou, 115mm spacing, rigid blades (Manitou suspension fork also with the bike)
Rear Shock NA
Rims Mavic 231
Hubs Manitou modified Shimano rear hub, Hi-E front
Spokes Stainless 3 cross
Tires Specialized Cannibal / Team Control
Pedals Shimano Deore XT
Crank Shimano Deore XT with 22 tooth inner ring
Chain Sedis
Rear Cogs Shimano 7 speed cassette
Bottom Bracket Manitou
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
Shifters Shimano Deore XT thumb shifters
Handlebars Aerosports carbon
Stem Manitou
Headset Chris King
Brake set Shimano Deore XT
Brake levers Shimano Deore XT
Saddle Selle Italia Turbo
Seat Post Ritchey
Colors Natural
Size 16"
Serial #   None

 

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