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1972 was the second and final year of the Manta Ray line. Colors included Kool Lemon, Kool Orange and Campus Green. Silver Mist was not an option. The Mantas had matching seats in Glitter Kool Lemon with black rally stripes, Glitter Kool Orange with white rally stripes, and Glitter Campus Green with White Rally stripes.The Seat Post model number is 58-805 and the Seat Clamp 58-825. These both were identical to the Krate and Sting Rays for 71-72 and maybe other years.

Schwinn introduced the single speed coaster brake model ($69.95 retail) and the 5 speed with a Disc Brake($101.95 retail), just like the 72 Krates. This is part of the reason there are so few Mantas left. Because the Discs were taken off to hopup Sting Rays and Krates. The Disc alone fetches $350-$450 these days (July/08). And in the past, Mantas were inexpensive to get so many got parted out. It's not unusual to find Manta frames and forks for sale, but a complete bike is a lot more rare. I estimate that there are 100 to 500 more vintage Sting Rays to every Manta. Sting Ray collectors often want a Manta for their collection because of the similarities. Plus they are grownups now and the bike is a lot more comfortable to ride.

The coaster models had a 50 tooth Schwinn "MAG" sprocket in the front with an 18 in the back. 5 speed models used a 52 tooth "MAG" in the front and the rear cog had 14/17/20/24/28 gears. The 5 speed chain was 3/32" x 55". Rear derailleur model number is 20-456. The Stik Shifters were also used on Sting Ray models from 1970-73 and had an overload tube.

Schwinn used a tubular S-5 24" rim with 28 spoke holes front and rear. Spoke length was 10 3/8" F&R also. The front caliper was made by Weinmann and said Schwinn Approved and LS 2.8. On 72 models you shouldn't have a caliper on the rear as it should be disc or coaster brake. The front brake cable was 26"x20" (#17-227).

Around april of 1971, Schwinn changed the pedal reflectors from clear to small amber. Then in mid 72 it changed to diamond with a long reflector.

Manta Rays used a medium rise handlebar that was date coded in the center where it clamps to the gooseneck. Grips read Schwinn Approved and matched the 4 paint colors. Schwinn reissued the grips using the original molds in the mid 90s for the reproduction Sting Ray line. Some Original accessories included Schwinn Lever Covers and Schwinn Streamers in various colors. The gooseneck handlebar stems from the Mantas had the same mfg number as the Sting Rays and Krates so they are probably interchangeable. The cranks were date coded in the center and were 7 1/2" in length, 1" longer than the Sting Rays. The 72 kickstand model number was 57 346 and also was longer than the Sting Ray models. It should have a stamp like \\\346/// on it but it may not match the model number exactly. My 72 Manta is stamped \\\349///.

The frames were considered Lightweight and were a camelback design since the top tubes were curved like the Sting Rays all the way down to the chainstays. The paint was sprayed by hand and you sometimes see runs in it. Hyperformance Ray has some great matched paint for these bikes available in pints or spray cans. Candy colors and Kool Lemon were multistage using an aluminum basecoat on top of a primer with a clearcoat. I've heard that you can get candy powder coats now too. The Chainguards were silk screened originally I believe and you can get matching replacement stickers now, or have Ray silk screen your painted chainguard. The forks had a dart screened on each side also. Schwinn used 2 decals for the bottom tube that read "Schwinn" on both sides. On the seat mast, about 2" below the top tube, you'll find a round decal reading Quality Chicago Schwinn. Often right below that decal you'll find a sticker from the original shop the bike came from. I've read that Schwinn put these decals on top of the clearcoat.

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