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.
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)