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  1. I dig the new jersey and pants, definitely paying homage to BMX's 70's roots. Like a lot of us older bmx'rs and collectors, I find the modern era BMX jerseys with their busy computer generated logos and graphics kinda over the top. Yet when somebody designs a simple BMX uniform it's just not good enough...? The jersey logo reminds me of something you would have seen at the track in the 70's. Kinda like Littlejohn's eagle logo, simple and cool. And the pants remind of something Bill Walters, Vera's, or Endo would have made BITD. Looking forward to the Olympics next month...
  2. FMF Fork, BMX News '77. Notice it says "nickel plated" And the obligatory Utterback money shot. Notice the longer fork legs ...prototype?
  3. FMF ad from BMXA Feb. '77 In my mind this bike had to have been Scot's from late '76, Jeff had his bike setup a little smaller with 6" Gold Bars and I don't believe Stu had joined the team yet. Notice the Shimano double clamp stem and Shimano MX sticker on top tube. Fork doesn't have any decals -prototype FMF or Cook?
  4. Scot had to have used FMF forks during the time he rode for and promoted FMF, no reason to use anything else. The FMF forks look similar to Cook Bros. and I've always wondered who fabricated them? We know Bastian made the frame... As for the stem, he started out using a Shimano/SR double clamp in 1976 and moved on to what looks like an early Tuf Neck in 1977. You can see the Shimano stem in one of the early FMF ads (not pictured here), it's black. Looks like a nice build you have brewing, can't wait to see it finished.
  5. The original Takagi one piece cranks came out during BMX's "heavy duty" era and had thicker crankarms (see Sod's pics) than the subsequent ones that came out in the later 70's. There is actually an earlier version than the "MX" that has no stamps on the crankarms but is stamped "T-1 Japan" on the spindle portion, I estimate they were produced sometime around '75? I found one of these w/ a Three Arrows sprocket on a '75-'76 A&A earlier this year. I believe the size/thread stamp started sometime around '80? I've often wondered if it was by choice or a requirement at the time? Yes the mangmoly and chromoly cranks are exactly the same, just different steel.
  6. In the first pic that Mark posted, the Takagi MX 170 x 24 cranks without the "Cr-Mo" stamp are made of Manganese/Mang-Moly. During the late 70's, Japan's bicycle industry/manufacturing was in full swing and their supply of chrome-moly steel couldn't keep up with the demand abroad. This gave way to Mang Moly being used as an alternative for chromoly bicycle parts and frames due to it's similar characteristics. Reynolds 531 tubing (Mang-Moly) gained some popularity around this time as well...
  7. So cool on all levels....nice!
  8. The Specialized track hubs mfg. around '84-'86 were made by Suntour. They're re-badged Superbe's, precision bearings and all. Now you know... Nice score.
  9. Hey Dave, it's Aaron ...your old neighbor and race buddy. For a little background, Dave and I grew up two houses away from each other in the Auburn/Federal Way, Washington area. Tons of BMX memories...damn it's probably been 15 years since you and I last talked (pm sent...) Sweet frame, one of the RARE ones. I forgot you had one of those, but it's all coming back now with the Bart connection and all. You know, Pistol Pete Loncarevich raced for Shadow around that same '83 (early '84?) timeframe, not sure if him and Bart were on there at the same time? Maybe that explains the "Diamond Back" forks (Pistol had raced for DB beforehand), maybe not?
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