Bought this bike in 1989 in Burlington, Vt. As I recall the guy said it was imported from the west coast. It is a MS Comp XT crosstrainer with a Biopace crank, Shimano Exage Mtn Brake levers, shifters, and derailleurs. It has Tange tubing. The Kenda tires (not original) are 26 x 1.95 and I think that is the width of the orginals. I have never been able to find any reference to a bike company called MS. The closest I can find is a Malvern Star but in any pics it is spelled out fully, not initialized. For some reason I had it in my head it was a Maxwell Smith, but the paperwork says nothing but MS. Any ideas about what this creature may be before I dump some money into it?
I have an inoperable knee injury. I have been doing well on my Giant FCR4 road bike and would like to expand to some packed dirt riding on fire roads etc., no stump jumping for me! My LBS says an elliptical crank is bad for me, but most of what I read on the web says the Shimano Biopace, because the crank is alligned opposite from most ellipticals, did not cause knee injuries. It is just that it may not have been all that it was cracked up to be in the performance dept. As I said, high performance is not an issue, given my injury. I just want to keep active and avoid further injury. It seems like if the bike was going to injure me it would have in 19 years. I want to change the left shifter, which is not original, and does not perform well, but they are telling me they need to replace the whole drive chain. Any ideas from you pros?