Jump to content

Welcome to BMX Society community forums
Register now to gain access to all of our features. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more. This message will be removed once you have signed in.
Login to Account Create an Account
Photo

Build - 1984 Haro Master - 1st Gen (Torker/USA-made)

haro torker usa freestyle build chromey 1984 original finish

  • Please log in to reply
16 replies to this topic

#1
chromey

chromey

    ministry of aesthetics

  • Staff
  • 3,804 posts

Hey guys.

I feel like it has been ages since I posted a new build —  I guess it has. Well, like I usually do - I'm never rushing through my bike builds. I kinda waited until I had all the "just-right" parts to get this one together - so that I can enjoy the combination - and the ride-ability of it.


I was lucky enough to get an original-finish (paint & decal) 1984 Haro Master frame & fork about 2-3 years ago. It's been sitting around waiting to get built for a while. this one was USA-made in the Torker Factory. The whole build is all original finish — No restored parts anywhere on this bike.

In 1984, there were three different versions of the Haro Master — just within that one year... This one is the first gen. of the three versions.  Actually, not too many are accounted for in the community. This particular frame set has all of the early features from the early batches — before the chevron stampings began, before tubing sizes changed (from smaller to bigger), before coaster bracket was moved up, and other small changes, etc. Generation 1 and 2 were still made by Torker. The frame set is essentially the same as an 83 Haro Freestyler - but with an upgraded solid gusset — and was the very first bike in a long line of awesome Haros to wear the "Master" name. I was kinda bent on getting a white one too - since my 83 Freestyler is chrome. And White paint was sort of the iconic symbol in the 84 line.

That being said, I didn't want to do another cookie-cutter "Bob Haro" replica build like most people do when they build an 84 Master, although they are impressive and it makes sense since he was the man to spread the good word of freestyle back then. I really wanted to make this bike my own with parts from the mid 80s that came out around the same time + or - a year or two. This build uses parts ranging from 82-86 (centering around 1984).  I built it as though it had been assembled in 84 and upgraded over time as more and more functional freestyle / bmx parts became available. I'm really embracing the specific level of aging and patina on the finish of this bike - using most parts with similar signs of use in the original finishes. The little nicks and chips here and there really bring these parts together in a nice way - and finish off the bike just the way i like it.

 

Enjoy some pics. :)

 

haro_master_1984_white_01.jpg

 

 

Parts List  /// /// ///
———————————————————————————
Frame & Fork - 1984 Haro Master (1st Generation)
Handlebars - Redline Forklifter - Freestyle
Stem - GT Mallet
Grips - ODI Mushroom - Version 1 (Original)
Cranks - Haro Group 1 - 1st Gen
BB - Sealed Suntour / Anlun - Alloy Cups
Chainring - Tuf-Neck 44t
Pedals - KKT SMX
Tires - NOS Toiga-Mitsuboshi Comp ST (1.75")
Rims - Araya 7x - Chrome
Hubs - Chrome Suzue "Light Alloy / C.P. Finish" 36h
Seatpost - Haro Fluted (from 86 Master - origiinal decal)
Seat - Cycle Pro "Shot Gun" (1st Gen, Double Stamped)
Seat Clamp - Tange SC-2
Chain - Nickel 1/8"
Headset - Tioga "Bear Trap"
Rotor - Odyssey Gyro - Orig. Blue
Calipers - Dia Compe Nippons (Orig. Ano-Blue) 85-86
Cables - Dia Compe "85-dated" + Orig. Odyssey Gyro Cables
Brake Pads - Dia Compe - White Compound
Levers - Dia Compe "Arial 182" Tech-7
Pegs - GT Steel Tube Rides (Rear=Shorty / Front=Long)

Attached Thumbnails

  • haro_master_1984_white_02.jpg
  • haro_master_1984_white_08.jpg
  • haro_master_1984_white_04.jpg
  • haro_master_1984_white_06.jpg
  • haro_master_1984_white_09.jpg
  • haro_master_1984_white_05.jpg
  • haro_master_1984_white_03.jpg
  • haro_master_1984_white_07.jpg
  • haro_master_1984_white_10.jpg
  • haro_master_1984_white_12.jpg
  • haro_master_1984_white_11.jpg
  • haro_master_1984_white_13.jpg
  • haro_master_1984_white_15.jpg
  • haro_master_1984_white_14.jpg


#2
S.Brothers

S.Brothers

    nil illegitimi carborundum

  • Admin
  • 18,555 posts

:Want:

 

Awesome.  Good info too.  I've been thinking about 83/84 Haros lately.  A little outside my wheelhouse though.  But I love this one and I share your enthusiasm for the white frames.

 

Couple of questions...

 

1) Were Chrome and White the only available color in 83 / 84?

 

2) Roughly when did the GT mallet come out?



#3
chromey

chromey

    ministry of aesthetics

  • Staff
  • 3,804 posts

Thanks Steve.

Yep. Chrome and White were the only options for the Master in 84. And I think White was the only option for the (Mike D.) Sport.  ( I think Rich Sigur might have changed the world when he spray bombed his white sport Green in 84 - and made everyone want wacky colors).

 

I had a chrome 84 (2nd gen.) Master frame set for a while - but didn't build it because I was sort of hell bent on having a white one.  I would have settled for any of the three generations from 84. And I just lucked upon (with patience) the very first version. :)

 

Also, I'm pretty sure the GT Mallet was available in later 84 with some of the GT's that were coming out — Performer, Pro, and Team Series bikes. Either way - they were freakin' everywhere by 85.



#4
TrulyOdd

TrulyOdd

    Forum god

  • Admin
  • 6,606 posts

interesting part selection but a seriously badass bike. :rawks:   



#5
donvader

donvader

    Senior Member

  • Users
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 900 posts

Very nice!!!



#6
Jarvi

Jarvi

    Senior Member

  • Users
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 667 posts

Great bike Matt. Love the evolution of parts over time and seems to be the way many of us had our bikes back then.



#7
reservoir.grizzly

reservoir.grizzly

    Member

  • Users
  • PipPip
  • 185 posts
Sick bike Matt! Dialed...all the way down to the tire labels.

#8
lboorse2

lboorse2

    Forum god

  • Users
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,044 posts
Sweet! Switch to CW Cali Freestyler bars, OPCs and white tires and you've basically got the 85 General I had BITD. :). Lovin this a lot. I appreciate the aesthetic Chromey touches as well.

Research.Contributor.Signature.png


#9
Jkraig

Jkraig

    Advanced Member

  • Users
  • PipPipPip
  • 326 posts

Nice build Matt. As always.



#10
Radbandit

Radbandit

    Junior Member

  • Users
  • Pip
  • 34 posts
Freakin awesome! Reminds me of a roots style rider... Going with probably the best designed master and just upgrading it through the years bitd. Always a great creation with you Chromey :)

#11
PandaProAm420

PandaProAm420

    BMX Addict (in recovery)

  • Sustaining Member
  • 3,058 posts
That is a seriously dope freestyler!!
Makes me wish I never sold my Performer :-(

#12
Hercules

Hercules

    Senior Member

  • Users
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 705 posts
Sweet looker.

#13
COASTY

COASTY

    bronzed Aussie

  • Users
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,631 posts

Excellent build as always. I like the mix of parts and brands. It's what most of us did back then. 

Very cool. 


Posted Image

#14
MelvinsArmy

MelvinsArmy

    Forum god

  • Sustaining Member
  • 2,889 posts

Sick, sick Master. Nice work Matt! Great attention to detail and great parts selection.

 

Weren't the Tech 7s introduced and discontinued in 87? 



#15
STi_Jeff

STi_Jeff

    Advanced Member

  • Users
  • PipPipPip
  • 417 posts

Great build Matt - even better is the fact that you're riding it!  Looks great.  Let's see some pics of it in action :)


Posted Image

#16
Chevron Envy

Chevron Envy

    Junior Member

  • Users
  • Pip
  • 33 posts

Love it Matt!  As always, a gorgeous build.



#17
jay

jay

    Member

  • Users
  • PipPip
  • 66 posts

Great Build Matt, Awesome bike!







Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: haro, torker, usa, freestyle, build, chromey, 1984, original finish

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

ELF

-----
Uploaded by Thornton
23 June 2011 - 01:07 AM
1195 Views · 0 Comments

Handlebars

-----
Star Products STAR BARS
Uploaded by chromey
15 February 2013 - 05:47 PM
456 Views · 0 Comments
Drink Water Rick's Bike Shop Bike_of_the_year