1985 CW Racing California FreeStyle Mike Buff
1st Generation #76. "Best Freestyler" and "Best in Show" 2013 EHT BMX.
Here we have a bike that took 5 years to build, but well worth the wait. I always wanted it as a kid, but could never afford one. It's my dream build, and will probably get buried with me. This is a first generation, CW Mike Buff California Freestyle. What makes it first edition? Check out the double coaster brake mount on the rear dropout, and the high forkstanders. This setup was reserved for the first 100 made, of which this is one of three known to exist. The second edition (serial number breakdown unknown) were made with a single coaster brake mount, but still had the high forkstanders. Those can be pretty hard to find, because the switch to the third edition came pretty quickly. The third and final edition still had the single coaster mount, but now had lower forkstanders as well. The general feeling is that 250 total Buffs were made, but this has been up for debate. I got this frame, forks and bars on the bay, and shipped it off to Chip at C4 (who did an amazing job) for a few minor repairs, and a fresh coat of powder. I would've loved to keep the original finish, but it was just too rough and had no decals. The new decals were sent from Juan at CW. Here's my parts list...
Frame, Forks, Bars...1985 CW Limited Edition Mike Buff First Edition California Freestyle
CW Tubular Cranks (made by Anlun) with Anlun "Duralumin" Chainwheel and Sugino Bolts -NOS
-These probably came off of a Phaze One or another high-end race model. They are exactly the same as the Buff model, but they would've been painted orange. Plus, I didn't have the heart to cover those original logos, and I think they look better anyway, so I left them alone.
1/2" CW Grinder Pedals (made by Victor) Leave it to CW to use 3 piece cranks with 1/2" pedals!
ACS Mike Buff Z-Rims, laced to Sturmey-Archer drum brake hubs, front and rear
-The originals were probably white Skyway mags. This setup is completely custom. These rims were made during Mike's days with Hutch.
Sturmey-Archer 16T Freewheel
OG Tioga Comp ST Freestyle tires, never ridden
CW Freestyle Stem
ACS Pro Rotor
Dia-Compe Tech 77 Levers
CW California Freestyle Seatpost
CW California Freestyle Seat
Tuf-Neck Double Freestyle Clamp (didn't know they existed!)
California Freestyle Padset Originals would've had a Mike Buff signature, but those are impossible to find. These were the next best thing.
A'ME Tri Flangeless Grips -repop
Tioga Beartrap Headset
Of my dozen CW's, this is my only carpet queen. I hope you guys enjoy it!
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