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Classification Details

Brand Free Agent
Model N/A
Genre Race
Class Pro
Country of MFG USA
Year of MFG 1984
Finish Original
Condition Used Fair

Core Structure

Frame Free Agent
Fork Free Agent
Handlebars Free Agent pro
Stem DK "square top"
Headset Tange "beartrap"
Gyro N/A

Wheel Details

Front Hub Suzue sealed
Rear Hub Suzue sealed
Mag Wheel N/A
Rim Araya 20x1.75
Front Tire Cheng Shin (20 x 1.75)
Rear Tire Cheng Shin (20 x 1.75)
Spokes N/A

Divetrain Details

Cranks Tioga 175 opc
Pedals Victor VP-747
Pedal Cage Victor VP-747
Chain KMC
Sprocket Suntour 16t
Spider Tioga CDC-1
Bottom Bracket Tioga

Seat Details

Seat Post Clamp DK
Seat Post No-name layback
Seat No-name (Italian)
Seat Cover N/A

Brake Details

Brake Front N/A
Brake Rear DC 890
Brake Lever DC Tech 3
Brake Cable DC
Brake Shoes DC

Miscellaneous Details

Grips Winner Circle
Pad Set N/A
Number Plate N/A
Decals N/A
Other Joe Buffardi dropout savers

Additional Notes

Largely through the ownership of my VDC-built Trident, I’ve become increasingly interested in Free Agents and picked this frameset up on eBay. Made in Dec ‘84 (the 8-digit serial - on the non-drive side dropout - is 1284****), I think this is one of the early ones built by Brad Shoup in Beuna Park, California rather than VDC, as I think Voris Dixon was shutting up shop around that time. At first I thought the green was a spray-bomb job but both the paintwork and the era-correct decals are in the condition you’d expect after 30-odd years. The TT length is 19 1/8” and there's no chainstay brace. It came with the bars, which are 27 ½” wide with a rise of 8 9/16”, and I think are original Free Agent Pros, though the green is not quite the same shade as the frameset. With both the paintwork and decals both showing their age, I went for a survivor look using old school parts wherever possible. Nothing fancy, just a simple build along the lines of a budget-racer from the mid-80s.