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Kerry

1984 Gt Pro Performer

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One of my favorite bicycles of all time. An American made 84 Gt Pro Performer. I bought this off the original owner. The tires, grips and seat were shot and unsaveable. It only had a front brake which was a fake Mx-900 which I upgraded front and rear to Dia Compe as well as real Tech 3 levers. The seat is identical to the original but stamped differently. The tires that should be on this bike are GT Shinko's. everything else is original to the bike and what should be on this set up out of the factory in August of 1984. I really love these early Pro Performers due to the mix of race parts with the Pro Neck and Gt Pro bars....this one actually has Pro XL bars and he said thats the way it came from the shop as you see it. i added the plate which is off color but I dont give a damn about show pretty....the geometery is killer and I love this thing, all og finish on everything with No dings, dents or cracks but plenty of chips (which i like and would never change) i barely cleaned it but regreased everything and lubed it.....smooth as ice..also, im not a colored tires guy but it looks way better with blue skinwall Cheng Shin's than black, you might not think so but im telling you. Oh yeah, The only parts i added were used.

 

 

Thanks to a few dudes, Owl, Melvins Army, Jmc, Robby

 

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Positively sick and nicely patinaed. Nice save and clean up homie.

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Wow, that turned out stunning! Early Pro Performers are some of my favorite bikes and this is one of the nicest examples I've ever seen. Great combo and balance of colors. I'm jealous!

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holy cow! nice clean example right there.

 

i too favor the early performers (pre mallet and performer bars)

 

i always thought the old ad with fiola holding a yellow 84 with the blue tuff neck and race pads was killer.

 

good for you kerry.

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I was just about to say Scott (Melvinsarmy) would flip over this build. You need info on early GTs, Scott is your man.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love this build Kerry. One I wouldn't mind owning.

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Forgot to say that todzilla helped me with the plate, thanks bro, guys

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That cleaned up real well and looks very nice. All of the colors flow with each other. I really like the shot of the headtube and the rear drop.

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Not a fan of the tires but cool bike. Patina is the shit!

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I'll have to take your word on the tires, but they do work. :lol: :bravo:

 

Cool seeing you building bikes again :cheers:

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Yeah, i really like the tires....to reiterate, the black looked awful and black shinko's just don't exist that arent dust.

 

Thanks for your comments either way

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That's the shit right there you hope to catch a glimpse of - peepin' out the corner of your eye - in the back corner of some elderly couple's garage on an early Sunday morning yard sale romp...

 

Looks so … errrrrr .....

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That's the shit right there you hope to catch a glimpse of - peepin' out the corner of your eye - in the back corner of some elderly couple's garage on an early Sunday morning yard sale romp...

 

Looks so … errrrrr .....

complete with scotch tape! :wink:

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Looks Awesome Kerry!

GREAT to see people still building freestyle bikes on this site. :)

 

84 Pro Performer, one of the ultimate examples of an early freestyle bike.

The huge bars actually look great on there - and you can't beat the geometry of the US made frames. If I ever get another performer it'll have to be an early US.

 

I love the OG white frame set too.

I'm working on an OG white haro from the same year (US made too ) when I get it done, we'll have to cruise them together this summer.

 

Seriously, top notch build!

 

 

 

Your mailman's back there doing a triple-take......like "Wo...Wo...Whoooaah, look at that high-tech cable hanger!"

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good eye, its medical tape...LOL

 

That's the shit right there you hope to catch a glimpse of - peepin' out the corner of your eye - in the back corner of some elderly couple's garage on an early Sunday morning yard sale romp...

 

Looks so … errrrrr .....

complete with scotch tape! :wink:

 

 

 

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I love that. Makes me want one.

 

I remember considering these white pro performers back in the day and mulling over the idea of whether or not I should get a freestyle bike.

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This bike looks killer Kerry. :wow:

Normally I'm not a fan of various colors but they all blend so well.

That F/F/bars is in killer condition.

 

What was chomey saying about the geometry being different from the Amercian frames to the Jap frames ?

 

I'm curious if you don't mind sharing ...

 

Rob

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This bike looks killer Kerry. :wow:

Normally I'm not a fan of various colors but they all blend so well.

That F/F/bars is in killer condition.

 

What was chomey saying about the geometry being different from the Amercian frames to the Jap frames ?

 

I'm curious if you don't mind sharing ...

 

Rob

 

Hey Rob,

From 84-86 The Head tube angles on the foreign frames are all pretty different (and they vary a lot between Japanese, Taiwanese, and between the years [and half-years] too) ......... making the bike handle completely differently. The US made frames were pretty consistent. I think they nailed the correct HT angle by 87 for all of their bikes, but those early years were like one big experiment.

 

 

Some of the 85 frames were total choppers (huge rake in the head tube of the frame) - which can drive you mad while trying to pull off a boomerang. They fell like they just want to go straight (which isn't ideal for any freestyle trick).

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How'd I miss this. Im not a freestyle guy but I love these GT's. Looks GREAT!!

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Kerry -- any chance you still have those pics around? 

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