Well I hope all you GJS fans can now dry your eyes and move on to some other rare bike that might still be out there..
I do have a photo of me racing on it in my Nomura uniform ,I will post it soon..
I believe the GJS forks were available sometime late in 79. I have a set of Prototype/early production GJS forks, they are identical to the ones pictured above, but have a large crown at the base of the steer tube....like early Goose and Roger D forks did.
This post has been edited by GREG_HANNA: 01 February 2012 - 07:06 PM
When I was a kid, my PK didn't come with landing gear... but I got them for it as soon as I could. Had to wait until christmas. I still remember it well. That long rectangular box... I knew I was getting them, but my parent's made me wait for xmas. They were wrapped up and put under the tree. Anticipation overdose. That was an awesome year.
But I digress... my point is, to me, it is not outrageous to have gjs forks on there. That could have easily happened in the normal course of bmx'n bitd.
Joe's frame, if you look closely, has the gusset under the brake bridge. So, that's a late 79 model. I'd actually be curious on Joe's frame to scrutinize the BB for a serial. There were late 79's with serials on the BB when they had that extra bracing. The pics of the drops are cool, but, that's not where it'd be on Gen1/79 frame.
Let's assume GJS forks were available some time mid-late 79. And could have come on some serial #'ed 1st gen's and any 2nd gen. Also keep in mind that, like Robinson's, many people chose to pair GJS frames with other forks because of the under leg dropout design. The under the leg dropout was considered un-cool and outdated by the time Robinson and GJS frames were introduced. That's a HUGE reason why Robinson and GJS forks are harder to find!!
On a side note Stu won the "Worlds" on 1st gen. GJS in late 1977, that frame still resides in George Utterback's game room. That is one that I would hope to one day have the honor of preserving. My personal Grail, so to speak. This also leaves a gap of a year between the first appearance of the GJS and the popularly accepted 1979 year of first availability. Perhaps it was possible to purchase an GJS as early as some time in 1978!?
Personally, I date a frame by best guess of manufacture date, not model year, as it is impossible to determine what justifies model year. Unless there has been a significant design change that coincided with end of year/start year manufacturing or there is a date coded serial #.
This post has been edited by GREG_HANNA: 02 February 2012 - 05:35 PM