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#1 2012-12-29 2:31pm

dwh19690
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1976 Ashtabula

http://bmxmuseum.com/image/ashtabula1_copy1.jpg http://bmxmuseum.com/image/ashtabuala2.jpg http://bmxmuseum.com/image/ashtabula3.jpg http://bmxmuseum.com/image/ashtabula4.jpg

1976 Ashtabula

Early BMX Survivor

1976 Ashtabula built frame. Date stamp on dropout is 8/76. I'm calling this one an Ashtabula built even though it does differ from all the other (6) Ashtabula bikes in the Museum. The frame is a match to the others except for the front gusset. Believed to be a product of Sun Cycle Co. and called the Black Diamond, but an Ashtabula built frame.  This was a Craigslist pickup. Was obviously some kids old race bike. While the frame is from 76, the Tange forks are dated 79, and the ACS Z rims and hubs are 81. Looks as though the kid upgraded the bike as he went along. Other than cleaning it up, I had to swap out the bars, the brake cable, and the pedals.  The old rat traps were toast. And the seat post was stuck and I ruined it getting it out. Everything else is the way it would have been in the early 80's, and I tried to only add period parts. Was even still wearing good ol' NC red mud when I got it, probably from the last race. Here's the parts list...
Frame-Ashtabula built '76
Fork-Tange TX1200 '79
Handlebars- Race Inc.?
Grips - AME bubble font
Stem- Early unstamped Tuf-Neck
Cranks- Ashtabula '79
Chain-ring - Addicks 44T
Headset/BB - Schwinn stamped
Rims- ACS Z Rims '81
Pedals- KKT
Hubs - ACS high flange '81
Tires - IRC BMX Racer set
Seat - Viscount
Brakes- DC 1080 w/Shimano lever
Seat post clamp- DC two piece
This bike has been sold. Good information below so I'm going to leave it up.


http://bmxmuseum.com/img/view-bike-in-museum.gif


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#2 2012-12-29 4:24pm

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Re: 1976 Ashtabula

Very cool. big_smile


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#3 2012-12-29 9:09pm

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Re: 1976 Ashtabula

Clssic peace of history rite here!!!!!


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#4 2012-12-29 9:17pm

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Re: 1976 Ashtabula

Way cool .......... looks great.


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#5 2012-12-29 9:17pm

BillyHelms
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Re: 1976 Ashtabula

Very nice bike! Started polishing some parts on my '87 Predator today. A long way to go to get a picture worthy bike.


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#6 2012-12-30 2:24pm

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Re: 1976 Ashtabula

not a black diamond frame . they were a completely different shape frame . nor is this an ashtabula frame . similar but not one . super cool looking frame though .


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#7 2012-12-30 2:35pm

dwh19690
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Re: 1976 Ashtabula

Looks like it to me....

http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t459/dwh19690/Astabulaad.jpg


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#8 2012-12-30 2:59pm

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Re: 1976 Ashtabula

crazy the ad i have for the ashtabula black diamond frame is WAY different from that one . still looking on my computer for it .
i would say that is a sun cycle frame . but for sure made by ashtubula for them . just too close to my ashtabula frame not to be .


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#9 2012-12-30 3:03pm

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Re: 1976 Ashtabula

cool frame.

should be listed under black diamond though...not ashtabula.


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#10 2012-12-30 3:14pm

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Re: 1976 Ashtabula

Here you go Donnie.   May 1975 BMX News:

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c200/Monster-Robot/BMXNews05-75Page31-AshtabulaBlackDiamondframe.jpg

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#11 2012-12-30 3:43pm

dwh19690
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Re: 1976 Ashtabula

Monster-Robot wrote:

Here you go Donnie.   May 1975 BMX News:

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c200/ … dframe.jpg

So we're both right..or wrong...or something...not sure of the date on the ad I have. My guess is, judging that the date stamp on my frame is from 76, that they dumped that frame from 75. It's......different. lol


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#12 2013-01-01 12:25pm

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Re: 1976 Ashtabula

This is from June 1975, BMX News:

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c200/Monster-Robot/BMXNews06-75Page26-SunBlackDiamond2.jpg



Here is the full add.  From May to June, it looks like big changes were made.  The ad you have posted above is from July 1975, also BMX News.



http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c200/Monster-Robot/BMXNews06-75Page26-LittleBikeCompany.jpg

Last edited by Monster-Robot (2013-01-01 12:28pm)

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#13 2013-01-05 4:16pm

RadicalNick
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Re: 1976 Ashtabula

The one in Monster-Robots ad is probably the old model and dwh's is the new model. I like the new model. lol


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#14 2013-01-05 7:55pm

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Re: 1976 Ashtabula

you were on the way to get this when i called about it , it was listed as a suntour , probably cuz of the stickers. i see you cleaned it up . very nice !

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#15 2014-03-19 4:33pm

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Re: 1976 Ashtabula

GBNF , nice !!


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#16 2016-03-22 5:43am

FL Vaughn
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Re: 1976 Ashtabula

Awesome history with the clippings above - My first BMX frame was a Blue Ashtabula Black Diamond like this one... I worked at a bike shop at 12 YO... putting bikes together for $3-$5 a piece...

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