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LOOPTAIL - PK RIPPER 1980-82. Original Candy.


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chromey

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Its been a long time coming.
But I finally finished my first and only SE — a Looptail PK Ripper.

I was collecting parts before I even had the frame set for one of my last early 80's race builds. I had a blurry vision of what i wanted. but it came together even nicer than I had originally hoped. This one contains a lot of the factors that I've always wanted in an early 80s racer. Getting this frame set with it's aged original candy blue paint and perfectly weathered original decals really set the whole bike in motion. Other key parts were getting those first gen. DK hubs, Cook Brothers Pro Bars, first gen. Cycle Pro Snakebelly Tires, and a used but not abused Phil spider.

I've always wanted a PK, and the color is absolutely mesmerising. As good as the pics came out, they still do not do the original paint justice. The natural aging of the color and variation in the metallics of the paint are just beautiful. It's like looking at an old classic fender stratocaster - or an old corvette.

Thanks to everyone that helped me get this thing together, the right way. (you know who you are).
I'm a damn happy camper. :) :) :)

Here's a parts breakdown:
- 1979-1982 Looptail PK RIPPER frame (Original Paint & Stickers) - original "Wheeler Dealer" bike shop sticker too.
- Landing Gear Fork (original finish and Stickers)
- Cook Brothers PRO bars - original chrome
- 1st Generation DK, High Flange Hubs (original stickers)
- Araya 7x rims
- Cycle Pro Snakebelly tires (NOS - 1.75") 1st generation pre-label.
- Tufneck Pro Stem - silver unpolished
- Profile cranks (original hardware & stickers)
- Phil Wood 110 Spider
- Sugino 44t Chainring
- Shimano DX pedals (unpolished)
- Viscount Suede seat (stamped underside)
- Troxel seatpost
- Dia Compe MX Hinged Seat Clamp
- Dia Compe MX900 calipers
- Dia Compe Tech 3 Lever (original chrome)
- Tange Grips (ultra comfy!)
- Tange 320 Headset
- Tange Headlock
- Hank & Frank sticker slapped on the post for fun.


Enjoy... :)

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Damn thats one mean machine. Race ready! Great build perfect blend of color.

And best of all og paint and stickers. :OSThumbsUpPeace[1]:

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Diggin' it!! :ThumbsUp:
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thats a super sick bike matt. Posted Image amazing how clean that frame set is!!! Posted Image


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Very classy!

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Awesome! That color is very cool!

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Very nice looking build matt! :OSThumbsUpPeace[1]:

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Great build Matt! You really nailed it! Posted Image
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very nice bike, and the parts composition is quite unique. :cheers:

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Thank so much guys I appreciate it.
I've been hunting for some of these parts for a really long time. I'm so glad I found a frame set (in the right condition) deserving of them.

I tried a few different wheel/tire sets on this bike while the DK/Arayas were being laced - rode it around the neighborhood a bunch. The Ripper with those bars feels SO good. Like they were made for each other. The whole bike is really light, tight and responsive.

SE really nailed the geometry, at such an early point in development. It took GT and some other companies a few more years to get that head tube angle right. I was impressed, and glad I made the right decision to focus on this one.

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That's a real stunner!!! Great job as usual!
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Very well done!! Bravo...

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This build is STELLAR. Im REALLY feeling a set of used camo pads on this bike too. :ThumbsUp:
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This build is STELLAR. Im REALLY feeling a set of used camo pads on this bike too. :ThumbsUp:


LOL! :)
Thanks.

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Nice Very Nice ! :OSThumbsUpPeace[1]:

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so awesome matt . i LOVE the color !
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real nice build - that colour is very cool - agreed!

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I like it, snakebellies, and the Hank&Frank decal.

It needs a plate?

:Idunno:

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That is freakin A Badass! There are a few bikes that i could just sit and stare at and I believe i would add this on to that list! those tires and the blue paint look so awesome together!

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I heart your builds, Chromey! Another stunner!




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