Tom is one of the nicest and coolest human beings I think many of us have known in this community. A man who has owned a lot of bikes and built some of the coolest specimens this site has laid eyes on. He has also acquired some pretty spectacular bikes as well. I personally think this bike is one of his coolest aquisitions because it fits my own preferences, it is unique and obscure. How many have you seen outside of this one? I can bet for most of you the answer is ZERO. The other factor of cool assigned to this bike is that it has history and a verifiable provenance which is so important these days (sadly). I think it is written in some arithmetic book somewhere that this theorem, "cool member plus cool bike equals awesome Bike Check", can be applied. Pretty sure that is the Jeff Spicoli theorem of coolness. Enjoy! -Jake
Screen Name: Keep_It_Warm
Human Name: Tom Sustarich
Bike: 1984 American Bicycle Manufacturing – Race Tech
Frame: 1984 ABM Race Tech (aluminum)
Fork: Hutch (non-drilled)
Handlebars: JMC Darrell Young
Grips: Oakley B-2
Headset: ABM Race Tech
Headset/Stem Lock: Tange
Cranks: Redline Flight 401 (180mm)
Bottom Bracket: Hadley sealed
Sprocket: Pro Neck 43T
Pedals: Shimano DX
Brake: Dia Compe MX900
Lever: Dia Compe Tech 3
Brake Pads: Kool Stop
Rims: Araya 7X
Hubs: Phil Wood
Tires: Comp 3 - 20x1.75 – 2nd Gen (blue/green label)
Seat: Kashimax MX
Post: Redline 7/8”
Seat Post Clamp: Tuf Neck
Seat Guts: Kashimax
Pads: ZAP! pads
Number Plate: (still looking for a Haro 1B plate)
Era Modifications: The frame shows some a slight decal variation from any other picture of a Race Tech frame I have been able to find: The head tube decals do not show the rider above the word ADJUSTABLE. Perhaps it’s a variation for a gift frame to a factory rider? No sure and the original owner does not remember.
Provenance: I am the 2nd owner of this bike. In the Spring of 2010, my dad stopped at a local yard sale and tipped me off to the Redline PL-20 that was for sale. The seller of the Redline and I were talking after the sale and his father said, "Hell, come back tomorrow and we can drag more stuff down from the attic". When I returned the next day this Race Tech frame was one of the items I bought.
He also had several pictures of the bike – built up – just as he raced it in 1984. I couldn't help but notice that all the parts shown on the Race Tech bike in the pictures were now installed on the Redline bike I bought a day prior.
The owner confirmed my assumption. In 1984, it was given to him by a representative of American Bicycle Manufacturing. He was asked to ‘try it, race it, we want you on our factory team’. He built the bike up and even raced for Factory Race Tech for a brief period of time, but never cared for the relatively short top tube length or the overall feel of the bike. He disassembled the bike completely. The frame went into the attic and all the parts went on the Redline from 1985 until 2010.
Frame is 100% original and shows normal, light wear from being raced. Every piece of this bike is original finish.