I never owned a Prairie Breaker or any top of the line mountain bike.
The first mountain bike I bought as a kid was the Shogun Trail Breaker 1, from the Whittlesea Bike Shop. The kid down the street had an Apollo Kosciosko which was better still, but I only had the bones for the Trail Braker. I remember the owner of the shop boring me to tears about what I should buy, why bar ends are better, and how he was related to Malvern Star. Great story old man, buy I just want to buy the bike and start riding it.
This was my first bike with suspension forks. Considering the weight they added, and the performance they returned I should have stuck with rigid forks. However, at 13 the idea of SHOCK ABSORBERS like those on a motorbike on a bicycle was too futuristic and became a must have. Add to that they had TIOGA on the fork legs, and my hero JT was a Tioga sponsored rider it was a no brainer. Pay the man!
The original ad for the bike which I've scanned from a magazine I still have depicts slightly different fork legs.
I never owned a Prairie Breaker, but it still tickles my fancy.