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#1 2009-06-23 11:13am

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2008 Knight Bike Co. Proformer 24

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2008 Knight Bike Co. Proformer 24

My old bike all growed up!!

Ever since I got back into BMX, I wanted my first real bike back. Then I thought how cool would it be to have my old bike in a cruiser size? Then they started popping up in the museum. The first one I noticed was Haro7's 2004 Haro Backtrail X24 "Master retro". It wasn't the real thing. But I knew mine could never be. Then I saw people taking two 20" frames and making a cruiser like mastertint's 1980 Cook Bros cruiser and 13thoni's 1985 Haro Master 24". So it is possible. A lot of work. But possible. I told my wife my plan and she didn't understand what I was trying to achieve. So I went to Knight Bikes Co.'s website to show her their remake of the Redline Squareback and "Ahhhhhhhh!!!!" (Angels singing). They have already done all of the work for me!!!!!!! And now, after all the planning, getting some parts stolen, luckily finding another seat, and Chip making some killer bars, it's finally done.

FRAME: 2008 Knight Bike Co. Proformer
FORKS: 2008 Knight Bike Co. Proformer, 1-1/8" threadless
STEM: GT Mallet style; 1-1/8" threadless
HANDLEBAR: C4 GT Performer style bars; 28"Wx6"H
GRIPS: A'ME/GT Super soft anatomical grips
HEADSET: Kink integrated
CRANKS: SR GT Power Series; 180mm
PEDALS: Shimano PDMX-15
CHAINRING: GT; 39T
CONNECTION DISK: GT
CHAIN: Mechanik Full-Trac
FREEWHEEL: Shimano; 17T
RIMS: Sun Ringle Sun Rhyno Lite XL; 24 x 1.75; 36H
HUBS: GT Superlace; 36H
TIRES: Kenda K-Rad; 24x1.95
SEAT: Viscount GT*BMX
POST: GT; round logo; 7/8" (used a seat post shim)
CLAMP: Demolition Single clamp; 1-1/8"
BRAKES: FRONT: Dia-Compe Nippon; REAR: Demolition Vulcan U-Brake
BRAKE LEVERS: Odyssey RX-3
DETANGLER: Odyssey GTX-R Gyro


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#2 2009-06-23 11:17am

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Re: 2008 Knight Bike Co. Proformer 24

Was just talking about this bike at lunch (with Marcus)!  As beautiful as he described - congrats.

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#3 2009-06-23 11:18am

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Re: 2008 Knight Bike Co. Proformer 24

WOW!! great bike and great story..
The build looks fantastic!
we may need a new category for these, "dream bikes" one offs, er something.
How does it ride? perhaps a pic of you riding/jumping it?


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#4 2009-06-23 11:27am

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Re: 2008 Knight Bike Co. Proformer 24

It rides pretty good, Gary. I only rode it in the Clock Tower parking lot a little after the show was over. This WILL get ridden!!!!!!! I just wanted to keep it as nice as possible for Rockford.

December 1986:

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23 years later:

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#5 2009-06-23 11:31am

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Re: 2008 Knight Bike Co. Proformer 24

Very cool,
the b4 and after pictures are cool.
Guess I need to recreate a couple of my old bikes.
thanks for being an inspiration! I like the green!


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#6 2009-06-23 12:58pm

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Re: 2008 Knight Bike Co. Proformer 24

There it is! As sweet as before and I love the fact that you rebuilt your childhood bike! Excellent job man. I think it's very cool that so far none of us have gone in the same direction with this build. We each had a plan in our heads and stuck with it and the distinctions are great. One thing though...you forgot the reflector over the front brake caliper on this build! lol It's the little details that you have to mind. big_smile


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#7 2009-06-23 2:23pm

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Re: 2008 Knight Bike Co. Proformer 24

chris you did an unreal job with this bike! my jaw drops each time i see it, amazing!


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#8 2009-06-23 7:12pm

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quinonesm wrote:

There it is! As sweet as before and I love the fact that you rebuilt your childhood bike! Excellent job man. I think it's very cool that so far none of us have gone in the same direction with this build. We each had a plan in our heads and stuck with it and the distinctions are great. One thing though...you forgot the reflector over the front brake caliper on this build! lol It's the little details that you have to mind. big_smile

It's like George at Knight read my mind. You're absolutely correct about each of us going in our own directions for our bikes. To me, freestyle was always about individuality. I don't think any reflectors will be going on this bike. I also won't be putting a rear caliper on it so I can tangle up the cable in the top tube platform. lol I fixed that problem on my old bike the next day. tongue

Dyno-Mike wrote:

chris you did an unreal job with this bike! my jaw drops each time i see it, amazing!

Thanks Mike. That really means a lot. cool I wish you could've had an absentee ballot for Rockford! wink


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#9 2009-06-23 10:58pm

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Re: 2008 Knight Bike Co. Proformer 24

Aweseome build Comay, i dont see how it didn't win the retro class.  hmm  Out of the retro bikes that i saw in all of the pics, this was probably the one bike i keep coming back to look at.  Green, pads, oh and the green seat too!  oooohhh weee. makes me feel like a kid again. cool 

also, i like how you still have the same hat on smile


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#10 2009-06-23 11:01pm

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RADbandit wrote:

also, i like how you still have the same hat on smile

and pose! classic!


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#11 2009-06-23 11:07pm

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Re: 2008 Knight Bike Co. Proformer 24

Killer ride Chris. It was cool to meet you and see that ride in real life. Ride on brother. Oh by the way yours was the coolest retro at the show IMHO.


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#12 2009-06-24 1:12am

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Re: 2008 Knight Bike Co. Proformer 24

AWESOME BIKE , LOVE THE GREEN , SUPER JOB


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#13 2009-06-24 9:08am

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Re: 2008 Knight Bike Co. Proformer 24

A beaut just like all your other builds:cool:  i also like the 'now' and 'then' shot...cool


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#14 2009-06-24 9:13am

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Re: 2008 Knight Bike Co. Proformer 24

Thanks for the compliments everyone.

Just found out I missed Best Retro at Rockford by 2 votes. sad I still had a blast and met a buch of cool people but winning my first time out would have been sweet!!


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#15 2009-06-24 9:19am

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Chris,
GREAT looking bike, and a very cool story behind it!  It was nice meeting you out at Rockford. 
-Ed


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#16 2009-06-24 9:21am

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great bike Chris, fun hanging with you & the mrs!!wink


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#17 2009-06-24 12:40pm

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Re: 2008 Knight Bike Co. Proformer 24

That just rocks all over the place. I somehow missed seeing this one in the flesh at Rkfd, but drooled over the pictures. I want one like this in the worst possible way. Great job!


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#18 2009-06-24 1:24pm

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comay wrote:

Thanks for the compliments everyone.

Just found out I missed Best Retro at Rockford by 2 votes. sad I still had a blast and met a buch of cool people but winning my first time out would have been sweet!!

Wow, 2 votes?! I wish I had gone just to give you the vote support! I still can't believe you didn't win that class, but at least we know it was close (not that that's any comfort to you). just curious, did you have the 2 pictures of you above as part of your presentation at Rockford? They're a very cool touch and makes this build seem to have a real significance, as opposed to just building something nice. I'm glad you built it the way you did and I know you love it, so that's what really counts! I hope you plan to ride that thing like I'm doing. lol

Once again, it's a beautiful bike and I really like the shots you included! The 1st one with the trolly in the BG is great to associate location with the sick build.

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#19 2009-06-24 2:15pm

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And there it is... FInally revealed... SICK bro... When I saw the Sneak Peeks a couple months back I was shocked as to how well this thing turned out... I am pretty sure I will be building one now... VERY Nice!!!

P.S. Didnt you say you had something for me awhile back? I can't remember... hmm


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#20 2009-06-24 7:08pm

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wow im loving all these knight proformers. awesome job on this build. i pretty much like all your bikes. i like your style man.

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#21 2009-06-24 7:24pm

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It was nice meeting you and your wife in Rockford (I was next to you with the Skyway stuff (and a torker). Cool story!


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#22 2009-06-24 7:35pm

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That is sweet!


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#23 2009-06-25 8:21pm

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coloredtuffs.com wrote:

Chris,
GREAT looking bike, and a very cool story behind it!  It was nice meeting you out at Rockford. 
-Ed

It was cool meeting you as well, Ed. Even though you beat me. tongue Just kidding. It was nice to meet you and see who a lot of my money goes to!!! lol

masterstint wrote:

great bike Chris, fun hanging with you & the mrs!!wink

Yeah Claude. Thanks again for transporting my bikes up there. cool I wouldn't have even made the trip if it weren't for you!! We really need to talk to David about trying to set up a show of some sort at the lakefront.

quinonesm wrote:

Wow, 2 votes?! I wish I had gone just to give you the vote support! I still can't believe you didn't win that class, but at least we know it was close (not that that's any comfort to you). just curious, did you have the 2 pictures of you above as part of your presentation at Rockford? They're a very cool touch and makes this build seem to have a real significance, as opposed to just building something nice.

Nah, Marcus, I didn't have the pics with me. hmm I didn't think of it until Friday night before the show. I thought about getting some made but the Kinko's didn't open up early enough. It would have really helped my chances, though.

Rividude wrote:

And there it is... FInally revealed... SICK bro... When I saw the Sneak Peeks a couple months back I was shocked as to how well this thing turned out... I am pretty sure I will be building one now... VERY Nice!!!
P.S. Didnt you say you had something for me awhile back? I can't remember... hmm

Thanks Christian. I'd love to see what you could do with one of these frame sets. I'll send you a PM in a few.

CoolRiderNJ wrote:

wow im loving all these knight proformers. awesome job on this build. i pretty much like all your bikes. i like your style man.

Thanks man. I really appreciate that. cool

TuRBo Todd wrote:

It was nice meeting you and your wife in Rockford (I was next to you with the Skyway stuff (and a torker). Cool story!

Todd, it was great meeting  and talking with you on Saturday. And also giving me some ideas about future bike stands. wink


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#24 2009-06-27 3:00pm

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That internal headset looks super clean


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#25 2009-06-28 9:46am

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More pics big_smile

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h7/comaynola/08%20KB%20Proformer/th_DSC_2927_3015.jpg http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h7/comaynola/08%20KB%20Proformer/th_DSC_2911_2999.jpg  http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h7/comaynola/08%20KB%20Proformer/th_DSC_2909_2997.jpg http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h7/comaynola/08%20KB%20Proformer/th_DSC_2839_2927.jpg

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h7/comaynola/08%20KB%20Proformer/th_DSC_2908_2996.jpg http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h7/comaynola/08%20KB%20Proformer/th_DSC_2918_3006.jpg http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h7/comaynola/08%20KB%20Proformer/th_DSC_2917_3005.jpg http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h7/comaynola/08%20KB%20Proformer/th_DSC_2919_3007.jpg

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h7/comaynola/08%20KB%20Proformer/th_DSC_2923_3011.jpg http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h7/comaynola/08%20KB%20Proformer/th_DSC_2921_3009.jpg http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h7/comaynola/08%20KB%20Proformer/th_DSC_2926_3014.jpg http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h7/comaynola/08%20KB%20Proformer/th_DSC_2925_3013.jpg

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h7/comaynola/08%20KB%20Proformer/th_DSC_2924_3012.jpg http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h7/comaynola/08%20KB%20Proformer/th_DSC_1696_1871.jpg  http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h7/comaynola/08%20KB%20Proformer/th_DSC_2929_3017wTEXT-1.jpg

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