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Specialty Files: 1991 Mantis Valkyrie

January 26, 2017 Dirt Rag Contributor 0

Words by Maurice Tierney. Photos courtesy of www.firstflightbikes.com. Richard Cunningham founded Mantis Bicycles in 1981. Ever the innovator, Mantis made a variety of bikes, including the fillet brazed Sherpa, Pro Floater suspension bike and Flying

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Specialty Files: 1989 Talon Slayer

January 12, 2017 Dirt Rag Contributor 0

Words and photos by Jeff Archer. One of the best things about collecting mountain bikes is the relative newness of the sport. Since mountain biking is only about three decades old, and many of the

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Specialty Files: Bob Weir’s Bike

December 22, 2016 Dirt Rag Contributor 0

Editor’s note: This story first appeared in Dirt Rag issue #147, published in February 2010. Words and photos by Jeff Archer. In the early 1970s, Gary Fisher was a member of the Grateful Dead Party

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Specialty Files: 1985 Raleigh Seneca

December 1, 2016 Dirt Rag Contributor 0

Editor’s note: This story first appeared in Dirt Rag Issue #159, published in October 2011. Words by Jeff Archer. Photos by Wes Stearns. One of the best things about being involved with the Museum of

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Specialty Files: Ringlé Prototypes

November 24, 2016 Dirt Rag Contributor 0

Editor’s note: This story first appeared in Dirt Rag Issue #181, published in November 2014. Words by Jeff Archer. Photos by Seth Archer. For every component that makes it to the bike shop, there are

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Specialty Files: 1979 VVA ‘TOPANGA!’

November 17, 2016 Dirt Rag Contributor 0

Editor’s note: This story first appeared in Dirt Rag Issue #184, published in May 2015. Words and photos by Jeff Archer. Early “klunker” mountain bikes were based on balloon-tired cruisers from the ’30s through the

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Specialty Files: 1989 Denti

November 10, 2016 Dirt Rag Contributor 0

Editor’s note: This story first appeared in Dirt Rag Issue #188, published in November 2015. Words and Photos by Jeff Archer. Occasionally we get an orphan bike that can make researching very difficult. A “garage”