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Old 05-30-10, 11:05 PM
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Can anyone shed additional light on this: Manta

I'm pretty sure it was purchased ~ '84 for my mom. Beyond that I don't know anything about it.

Anyone here have any insight?

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Not familiar with the brand, but I'll start out the diagnosis by saying it's probably an lower-end 80's Asian-made commuter bike.

Probably 4130 Chromoly frame. Your bike is what's called a "mixte" because of the long diagonal tubes going from the head tube to the rear dropouts. Stem shifters + dummy bars are usually indicative of lower-end components - they may not have aged gracefully and may need to be replaced.

It's not extremely valuable, probably a good candidate for fixing into a singlespeed or around town/errand bike, tho.

Show us some more photos of the components and any stickers/decals on the seat tube if you have them available.
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Not familiar with the brand, but I'll start out the diagnosis by saying it's probably an lower-end 80's Asian-made commuter bike.

Probably 4130 Chromoly frame. Your bike is what's called a "mixte" because of the long diagonal tubes going from the head tube to the rear dropouts. Stem shifters + dummy bars are usually indicative of lower-end components - they may not have aged gracefully and may need to be replaced.

It's not extremely valuable, probably a good candidate for fixing into a singlespeed or around town/errand bike, tho.

Show us some more photos of the components and any stickers/decals on the seat tube if you have them available.
Now that we've got daylight I'll take the bike outside and get some proper photos of it.
Your analysis so far does seem to fit the bill. I don't remember anyone telling me it was a particularly good bike. Thanks so far. More photos pending.
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More photos per request.
Looks like Suntour AR hardware

The bike is in pretty rough shape. Any suggestions what I should do with it?








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