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Old 05-15-19, 09:17 PM
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Local Klein Mantra

Local flipping a Mantra (No connection). I read these bikes are downright dangerous to ride in the downhill.

https://www.kijiji.ca/v-mountain-bik...ike/1434322681

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Old 05-17-19, 11:31 AM
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I also have a Klein Mantra that i am working on. I have read alot of these reviews that they are dangerous and that the suspension design was stupid..etc. the thing is these have what they call a URT (Unified Rear Suspension) . which was very common back in the mid 90's the Trek Y-Series bikes were the same type of design. In the mid 1990's when full suspension bikes were hitting the scene everyone had their own take on how the rear suspension should be set up. so you had a lot of designs like this one and then GT's design and the ProFlex elastometer design. it was till early 2000's that a more normalized design emerged .

So yes if you are used to a newer full suspension bike these may seem dangerous as there are things that you can do on a newer bike compared to these. but ridden the right way for the consideration of the suspension design they can be fine.

That being said if i was looking for a bike to tear off on a downhill run .. i would look to something newer not a URT design

heres a pic of my Mantra as i received it, its in queue for rebuild

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I knew two guys that rode those for years. Both really good mountain bikers. As fleslider points out, mtb suspension came light years since the Mantra the OP shows in the ad. Up to about 2000, there was a lot of wild experimentation with full susp (then Santa Cruz got their hands on the VPP design). They are basically cool collectibles that you can cruise around on.
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Old 05-19-19, 06:52 AM
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The Mantra does look like a cool conversation piece type bike and I'd take one for a ride to try. I've never ridden any form of suspension bike before.
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