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Joe Buffardi

1970's niitaka 20" bmx survivors

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I found these in Riverside, Ca. about 10 min. from my house. They are original and untouched. I can't compare these to any other niitaka 20" bmx bikes. I think these are the oldest ones out there. They look as if they are about 1976-1979. A little input would be appreciated. Out of all my bikes these are my favorites. Here a few pics of these old champs.

 

 

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Are those wide araya hoops?

 

Nice

 

They don't say anything on them. Prob. knock-offs but still cool. Thanks for the interest.

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joe , i have a couple too if you want em . one complete and one frame and fork .

donnie

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joe , i have a couple too if you want em . one complete and one frame and fork .

donnie

 

 

Sweet man. These bikes handle very well. I dig them. Thanks.

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This bike shop in East LA had 20 NOS in the Box listed on Ebay roughly 18 months ago. He had them listed as 1980 Mongoose Knock-Offs. $149 BIN in blue and red.

 

I bought 5 of them and gave them away to my nephews for x-mas. I actually thought I paid waaaaaaay too much for them.

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This bike shop in East LA had 20 NOS in the Box listed on Ebay roughly 18 months ago. He had them listed as 1980 Mongoose Knock-Offs. $149 BIN in blue and red.

 

I bought 5 of them and gave them away to my nephews for x-mas. I actually thought I paid waaaaaaay too much for them.

 

 

I thought these were those too but they are earlier, they have a different gusset and frame dimension. These used to be a brother and sister set. I met the brother who had them originally. These are one owner bikes. Thanks for the interest.

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very cool :OSThumbsUpPeace[1]:

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Cool grab on those bikes Joe!

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This bike shop in East LA had 20 NOS in the Box listed on Ebay roughly 18 months ago. He had them listed as 1980 Mongoose Knock-Offs. $149 BIN in blue and red.

 

I bought 5 of them and gave them away to my nephews for x-mas. I actually thought I paid waaaaaaay too much for them.

 

 

I thought these were those too but they are earlier, they have a different gusset and frame dimension. These used to be a brother and sister set. I met the brother who had them originally. These are one owner bikes. Thanks for the interest.

 

Yeah, my Niitakas had the double gusset. Looking at them now, yours are definitely a cool find.

 

 

 

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Reminds me of my brother and I. One blue and one red. Nice bikes and congrats on the pick up.

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Those are nice survivors. I dig the geometry and 70's vibe to these. What's the story behind Niitaka?

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Reminds me of my brother and I. One blue and one red. Nice bikes and congrats on the pick up.

 

 

Thanks for the interest. I am trying to figure out the year of these also. Here are more pics.

 

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Those are nice survivors. I dig the geometry and 70's vibe to these. What's the story behind Niitaka?

 

 

The only thing that I know is that they were made in Taiwan. They are heavy but wqfast. I rode the blue one all day and it handled well. If you know anybody from the bike shop spokes and things then they could tell you all about them. I have no clue. I am doing some research right now.

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I got one of these brand new for Christmas 1979 in Australia. It was the red one. Coaster brake, single stem. All the steel components were painted candy gold and the rims were painted gloss yellow.  I don’t have a photo, just going off memory

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