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#1 2012-11-08 9:36pm

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70's 26" "Diamond in the Ruff Score" :)

Just got her home and had to take a few pics of tonight score to share.  Looks to be a 78/79 26" Champion Squareback.  Serial #74 on the BB.  I'm not sure how many of these were made or if the serial # can correctly date the frame as a 78 or 79.   If you have any info or educated guesses on the mfg date, please chime in smile

  The bike is outfitted w/ a sweet Atom rear drum hub on some fat chrome hoop, Tange TX 1200 forks, 1st gen Tuf Neck and unknown cruiser bars.  The rest of the stuff is 80's-90's MTB stuff.  Looks like it was originally black under the white rattle can paint.

  So, I need help w/ the ID on the bars.   The bars are 30" wide w/ a 6" rise.  4" center to center, on the cross bar.  The knurling spacing is super wide.  Not sure what type of stem/clamp these were designed for.  Any help on the identification of the bars will be much appreciated.

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#2 2012-11-08 9:49pm

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Re: 70's 26" "Diamond in the Ruff Score" :)

Sweet pick up!!! Thrift store? Yard Sale?? CL???


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#3 2012-11-08 9:55pm

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That's awesome. Looking forward to see what you do with it. smile

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#4 2012-11-08 9:56pm

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Re: 70's 26" "Diamond in the Ruff Score" :)

You do very well with your scores!  Those bars look like motorcycle/mx bars.
With your luck, you'll strip the paint and find a nickle frame you can polish up! tongue

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#5 2012-11-08 10:02pm

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Re: 70's 26" "Diamond in the Ruff Score" :)

Nice find !!!
+1 on the motocross bars,the wide knurling is for the motorcycle clamping on the tripple clamp fork.

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#6 2012-11-08 10:04pm

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Re: 70's 26" "Diamond in the Ruff Score" :)

king stinger wrote:

Nice find !!!
+1 on the motocross bars,the wide knurling is for the motorcycle clamping on the tripple clamp fork.

Yes on the bars. Almost like a kos shape to them too. Rad score. cool that thing looks like it has a 26 inch rear and a 24 inch front wheel. lol


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#7 2012-11-08 10:07pm

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Re: 70's 26" "Diamond in the Ruff Score" :)

My friend ran Rickman Motocross bars on his Champion bitd,they were pretty nice.

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#8 2012-11-08 10:09pm

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#9 2012-11-08 10:11pm

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Wow! That is amazing.


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#10 2012-11-08 10:14pm

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Re: 70's 26" "Diamond in the Ruff Score" :)

Bike came from a buddy that works at the largest scrap yard in Nor Cal.

   I kind of figured they were MX bars w/ the spacing and deep knurling.  No matter, their staying w/ the build. Cool enough for me.

   Dont think they plated this in nickel Vin but I'll take some chrome under the paint smile

   Thanks for the kind words guys.  Im super stoked!

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#11 2012-11-08 10:18pm

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Re: 70's 26" "Diamond in the Ruff Score" :)

this is the kind of stuff you dont see often

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#12 2012-11-08 10:18pm

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Re: 70's 26" "Diamond in the Ruff Score" :)

TXBONE wrote:

king stinger wrote:

Nice find !!!
+1 on the motocross bars,the wide knurling is for the motorcycle clamping on the tripple clamp fork.

Yes on the bars. Almost like a kos shape to them too. Rad score. cool that thing looks like it has a 26 inch rear and a 24 inch front wheel. lol

Yep, that's some 24" wheel from the 90's up front. LOL. Gonna have to find a new front wheel for sure. Rear wheel and hub are staying put. Just have to convert it to a single speed cog. Hope I can find a cog for that hub.

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#13 2012-11-08 10:24pm

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Awesome score! yikes
That Tuf-Neck looks like it`s in good shape. A little paint remover and you should have a real gem.


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#14 2012-11-08 10:27pm

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Re: 70's 26" "Diamond in the Ruff Score" :)

Snyderman wrote:

TXBONE wrote:

king stinger wrote:

Nice find !!!
+1 on the motocross bars,the wide knurling is for the motorcycle clamping on the tripple clamp fork.

Yes on the bars. Almost like a kos shape to them too. Rad score. cool that thing looks like it has a 26 inch rear and a 24 inch front wheel. lol

Yep, that's some 24" wheel from the 90's up front. LOL. Gonna have to find a new front wheel for sure. Rear wheel and hub are staying put. Just have to convert it to a single speed cog. Hope I can find a cog for that hub.

That may be tough locating a cog for that hub.

I keep returning back to this thread looking at this thing. Awesomeness.


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#15 2012-11-08 10:39pm

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Snyderman wrote:

Bike came from a buddy that works at the Alco Metals which is the largest scrap yard in Nor Cal.

   I kind of figured they were MX bars w/ the spacing and deep knurling.  No matter, their staying w/ the build. Cool enough for me.

   Dont think they plated this in nickel Vin but I'll take some chrome under the paint smile

   Thanks for the kind words guys.  Im super stoked!

Wow,so did someone scrap it?

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#16 2012-11-08 10:39pm

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Re: 70's 26" "Diamond in the Ruff Score" :)

Awesome find!
The rear rim is a worksman.

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#17 2012-11-08 10:39pm

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Re: 70's 26" "Diamond in the Ruff Score" :)

Snyderman wrote:

TXBONE wrote:

king stinger wrote:

Nice find !!!
+1 on the motocross bars,the wide knurling is for the motorcycle clamping on the tripple clamp fork.

Yes on the bars. Almost like a kos shape to them too. Rad score. cool that thing looks like it has a 26 inch rear and a 24 inch front wheel. lol

Yep, that's some 24" wheel from the 90's up front. LOL. Gonna have to find a new front wheel for sure. Rear wheel and hub are staying put. Just have to convert it to a single speed cog. Hope I can find a cog for that hub.

The Atom Hub takes a standard threaded freewheel. I have a 22t Suntour on mine. All you have to do is resize the spacing and you are good to go. Here is a pic of mine on my Gurney Monoshock.
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b83/Laroquefam/DEC_3618.jpg

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#18 2012-11-08 10:57pm

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Re: 70's 26" "Diamond in the Ruff Score" :)

larock wrote:

Snyderman wrote:

TXBONE wrote:


Yes on the bars. Almost like a kos shape to them too. Rad score. cool that thing looks like it has a 26 inch rear and a 24 inch front wheel. lol

Yep, that's some 24" wheel from the 90's up front. LOL. Gonna have to find a new front wheel for sure. Rear wheel and hub are staying put. Just have to convert it to a single speed cog. Hope I can find a cog for that hub.

The Atom Hub takes a standard threaded freewheel. I have a 22t Suntour on mine. All you have to do is resize the spacing and you are good to go. Here is a pic of mine on my Gurney Monoshock.
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b83/L … C_3618.jpg

Thanks man. I truly appreciate the info. I was gonna hit you up about the hub anyway. I know your Gurney has one. Someone had a 26" Littlejohn w/ front and rear Atom hubs w/ a Matthews fork. That was a sick loking set up. These Atom hubs look pretty sweet cleaned up.


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#19 2012-11-08 11:01pm

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Re: 70's 26" "Diamond in the Ruff Score" :)

king stinger wrote:

Snyderman wrote:

Bike came from a buddy that works at the Alco Metals which is the largest scrap yard in Nor Cal.

   I kind of figured they were MX bars w/ the spacing and deep knurling.  No matter, their staying w/ the build. Cool enough for me.

   Dont think they plated this in nickel Vin but I'll take some chrome under the paint smile

   Thanks for the kind words guys.  Im super stoked!

Wow,so did someone scrap it?

He didn't say and i dont ask but I'm pretty sure it was headed for the scrap pile. Their pretty anal about taking anything out of the scrap piles so he keeps things under the cuff wink

  Unbeliveable the stuff that goes through that yard. So many classic cars. They even have one of the full size Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaurs from the first Jarassic Park movie. Still has all the robotics and all inside. The owner held on to that piece smile

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#20 2012-11-08 11:11pm

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Re: 70's 26" "Diamond in the Ruff Score" :)

Snyderman wrote:

larock wrote:

Snyderman wrote:


Yep, that's some 24" wheel from the 90's up front. LOL. Gonna have to find a new front wheel for sure. Rear wheel and hub are staying put. Just have to convert it to a single speed cog. Hope I can find a cog for that hub.

The Atom Hub takes a standard threaded freewheel. I have a 22t Suntour on mine. All you have to do is resize the spacing and you are good to go. Here is a pic of mine on my Gurney Monoshock.
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b83/L … C_3618.jpg

Thanks man. I truly appreciate the info. I was gonna hit you up about the hub anyway. I know your Gurney has one. Someone had a 26" Littlejohn w/ front and rear Atom hubs w/ a Matthews fork. That was a sick loking set up. These Atom hubs look pretty sweet cleaned up.

That Gary LittleJohn was Suicyco's bike. It was awesome.

I would date your Champion as a 78, your does not have a drilled brake bridge making it any earlier year model. The two digit serial number is interesting. Both of the squareback frames I have had have 6 number serial numbers Like 0109XX

Congrats on an absolutely awesome score.  IMHO the squareback 26" is one of the most stylish cruisers ever made.

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#21 2012-11-08 11:19pm

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Re: 70's 26" "Diamond in the Ruff Score" :)

route66 wrote:

Snyderman wrote:

larock wrote:

The Atom Hub takes a standard threaded freewheel. I have a 22t Suntour on mine. All you have to do is resize the spacing and you are good to go. Here is a pic of mine on my Gurney Monoshock.
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b83/L … C_3618.jpg

Thanks man. I truly appreciate the info. I was gonna hit you up about the hub anyway. I know your Gurney has one. Someone had a 26" Littlejohn w/ front and rear Atom hubs w/ a Matthews fork. That was a sick loking set up. These Atom hubs look pretty sweet cleaned up.

That Gary LittleJohn was Suicyco's bike. It was awesome.

I would date your Champion as a 78, your does not have a drilled brake bridge making it any earlier year model. The two digit serial number is interesting. Both of the squareback frames I have had have 6 number serial numbers Like 0109XX

Congrats on an absolutely awesome score.  IMHO the squareback 26" is one of the most stylish cruisers ever made.

Thanks for the info. The serial # is actually five numbers on mine  1007x. I just knew they didn't make 10,000 of these frames in the late 70's so I assume it's #7x.  All the other ones I saw online had the six digit serial # all starting w/ zero.

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#22 2012-11-09 3:31am

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That's very cool,never seen one before.


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#23 2012-11-09 3:41am

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Sweet find! Kinda strange that the derailleur is on the inside of the rear drop out - never have seen that. Spacing between the rear drops must be pretty wide. Very cool!

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#24 2012-11-09 5:31am

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#25 2012-11-09 5:44am

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Sweet!


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