Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday Vintage WTF

   Mountain bikes have come a long way in the last 20 years, and the Manitou System FS is no exception. Here's a bike with not one but two interesting features. First, check out this early dropper style post:

Standard position

Back position

Forward position

   What were these positions for? Climbing, I guess. The second wild feature on the System FS is the rear suspension:

Rear shot

   This was a very similar system to a fork, just mounted where the seat stays should be.  Light? probably not, but still cutting edge in 1992. Here's a shot of the bike all decked out in anodized blue parts:

Still looking great after 25 years

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