This is one I just couldn't pass up. A 1997 Santa Cruz Tazmon, with a Manitou FS Bulge Ti fork. I was always curious to know how this bike rode given it's unusual shock mounting.
What was odd about the Tazmon was that the Risse Terminator shock was mounted to the frame in two places; as all shocks were at the eyelet, and again with a band securing the shock body to the frame. Now, this shouldn't work because the swingarm mount will move in an arc, but the shock can only move in a linear path since the shock body is fixed.
I believe this was the top fork in the Manitou lineup for '97 with a titanium spring and the 'bulge' stanchions. It only moves about an inch, so I'm thinking the elastomers in there are toast.
I'm 80. I wrench more than I ride and I like it that way.