1997 santa cruz tazmon
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.
The Attack shifters were the extra long ones, which were an unusual thing. The complaint that kept surfacing about grip shifts was ghost shifts. Which was what happened when just the act of gripping the bar caused enough twist to shift. I don't see how making the grip even longer could ever help with that, but that's what SRAM tried. I can't say that I ever experienced a ghost shift in my time with grip shifts.
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I'm 80. I wrench more than I ride and I like it that way.