Merlin the Magician! She's always buzzing just like neon, neon...
I've always wanted a Kuwahara Magician! I had sooo much fun with this build :)
I picked up the frame, forks and bars in their original grey and pink from cru68100 in November 2012 and shipped them over here to Australia (thanks Chris!).
From the get go, my plan was to go seriously neon! Roberto's Custom Powder
did an absolutely stunning job of the neon pink powder, it has to be seen in the flesh to be believed, the camera just can't capture its truly awesome glowy-ness! I was extremely lucky to score a rare black O.E. wheelset off eBay for $50(!!) shortly after I got the frame set. I rebuilt the hubs and after a good clean they came up beautifully. I traced the original decalset off the frame to create a custom set especially for this build including custom crank decals for my polished Black Widows. I restored and recovered the Viscount Aero seat in black pigskin split-suede. I robbed the guts out of a pair of VP-777 pedals to convert the 1/2" MKS Graphite 2000s into 9/16". All the polishing on this build was done myself, the black anodising on the stem cap and chainring was done by Griffin Engraving. I'm running Dia Compe 990s with Dan's Comp adapter plates and a custom rear cable hanger solution I designed and made. :)
Frame/forks/bars: 1987 Kuwahara Magician (trimoly frame with original chromoly forks and hit-ten bars)
Wheelset: 1987 Skyway O.E. six spoke mags
Tyres: Duro whitewall freestyle tyres, 1.75"
Freewheel: ACS Crossfire, 16th
Brakes: Dia Compe 990 (fitted with Danscomp.com u-brake adapter plates)
Brake levers: Dia Compe Tech 77 locking levers
Brake Cables: Hi-tech
Detangler: NOS ACS Pro Rotor
Stem: USA BMX (MIJ) freestyle rotor stem
Headset: Tange MX-2
Seat: Viscount Aero, recovered in black pigskin split suede
Seat post: 'Strong' (MIJ) chromoly layback
Seat post clamp: Peregrine 'donut' copy
Grips: Tange Kuwahara
Decals: Custom designed/printed myself - based on a trace of the original frame decals.
Cranks/BB: Odyssey Black Widow (2nd Gen), 175mm, polished 7075 aircraft grade aluminium
Powerdisc: Tioga, custom engraved
Chainring: Takagi 44T
Pedals: 9/16" MKS Grafight 2000 with vp-777 axles
Material: Tri-Moly (front triangle 4130 chromoly, rear stays hi-ten steel)
Head Tube Angle: 74º
Seat Tube Angle: 71º
Top Tube Length: 19 1/4"
Top Tubes O.D.: 5/8"
Down Tube O.D.: 1 1/4"
Rear Stays O.D.: 5/8"
Wheelbase: 36" - 37 1/4"
BB Height (center to ground): 11 1/4"
Fork Peg Boss Position: 2 3/4" above dropouts
Handlebar Width: 28"
Handlebar Height: 9"
My Build Design Sketch...
Merlin 'n' Me...
So stoked with the finished build. It rides beautifully too, I couldn't be happier! You can probably tell from the smile on my face... ;)