All right, sometimes being first can have its advantages... And, this build is kind of a first for me. Looking back, I built a 1981 Champion24" last year, and it was mostly NOS and refinished parts. So it came out looking overdone. After lurking on this website for the last year, I have grown a new appriciation towards vintage, and OG finish, etc....
Recently, I got word of this frame and fork set up thru a buddy. By the time it was in my possession, it was only 2 weeks before this BOTY contest. So, I decided to build it as best I can, with idea's I have gotten from my fellow OS buddies, and also drawing on my own old school roots.
This Lawwill Knight Pro Cruiser is incredibly rare, and I had to have it. It was designed by Mert Lawwill, and built at the Champion racing factory. Note rear drop outs are very Schwerma style!
I traded my newly aquired Panda 3bar for it, and built it with mostly parts I had lying around, or off other bikes I have. Except for the bars I bought refinished allready, this entire bike is og finish, with the stem and grips being the only NOS...
1981 Lawwill Knight 24” BMX Cruiser
Frame: Original finish 1981 Lawwill Knight 24” Cruiser original decal set
Forks: Original finish Chrome Tange forks with canti mounts
Bars: Prodyne nickel plated bars (refinished in Nickel)
Stem: Dorcy Motocross double clamp NOS
Grips: Johar California (grab on style) NOS
Headset: Tange Chromo
Cranks: Sugino Mighty Tour 171mm
Chainring: Sugino track ring 46 tooth
Chain ring bolts sugino
Pedals: MKS Bearfoot (de-reflectorized)
Freewheel: Shimano 18T
Chain: KMC “Z” Chrome
Seat: Mint Kashimax
Seat Post: Philwood solid aluminum
Seat post clamp: Generic MTB
Brakes: Shimano Xt canti arms (wrong era)
Brake pads: Mint Mathauser finned canti pads
Brake lever: Mint Shimano MTB style
Brake cable: Blue Odessey
Wheels: Satin OG finish Araya 7X
Spokes: Stainless spokes with copper nipples
Hubs: Mint 2nd Gen Bullseye
Front Tire: Blue 24 x 2.125 Mitsubishi Yellow label Comp 3
Back Tire: Blue 24 x 1.75 Gnarler Knobby