Renneinsatz: 2011 STXC Freiburg (klick)
Built in 1985 at Mantis Bicycle Company, Placentia California
Serial# X23111 (No. 11 of 1st batch)
Weight 12.6 Kg
SunTour XC groupset, the first specific MTB components made
3x6 speed friction shifting
Rollercam brakes front and rear
The Mantis Bicycle Company was founded by Richard Cunningham in 1981. He is not related to Charlie Cunningham of WTB.
He came from a racing-car, -motorbike background. After building steel frames for the first couple of years, he added a lightweight aluminium front triangle and named the bike XCR Composite. The chromed, bolt on rear stays are welded of thin wall steel tubing.
Typical 80s splatter paintjob.
Early type curved blades chromed fork.
The frame's got inserts to install a portage strap which is missing.
Richard Cunningham became the editor of Mountain Bike Action Magazine later.
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