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#1 2013-06-20 12:19pm

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24 inch or 26 inch Torker?

Calling all old school BMX race experts. I had a nice Torker (you can still see it in the gallery), but as I'm 6ft 1 it was too small (the guy in the picture has the same issue) and I wanted to race it in the old school reunion events. So here's the question, at these venues (question for USA & UK venues) which cruiser class is most popular 24" or 26"? so in a nutshell would I get in more races if I buy a 26 or a 24? Once I know this I can target my efforts on finding either a 24 or 26 Torker.
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#2 2013-06-20 12:27pm

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Re: 24 inch or 26 inch Torker?

I think that would vary from event to event....my advice find and buy what you are comfortable riding and hit your local track.  You could always ride a loaner at any event to get in more races.


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#3 2013-06-20 12:40pm

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Re: 24 inch or 26 inch Torker?

Both are very tough to find so I'll say good luck with your quest.

I'm 5'9" and find the 26" Torker a bit short (I have a long upper body). Top tube is only around 20.5" on a Torker 26" and seat tube is around 17" tall. It is a nice riding bike and really like mine but if you're a big dude you may feel cramped.

Maybe go for a KOS. They have a 23" top tube and an almost 19" seat tube height. The KOS will be much cheaper and more plentiful so inturn easier to find. I think there was only around 400 Toker 26" made.

Being that Torker 24's are scarce and the 26" pretty rare, I would not race them. Find a mid school alloy Torker 24" maybe. The early ones are SE built and are really nice.

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#4 2013-06-23 8:45am

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Re: 24 inch or 26 inch Torker?

Thanks guys for the advice and info. I guess it will be pretty much which Torker shows up first (and how much it is)


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#5 2013-06-23 9:19am

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Re: 24 inch or 26 inch Torker?

Definitely consider finding a less desirable bike to race,,,the Torkers are way too rare and valuable. They are also very hard to find.
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#6 2013-06-23 1:02pm

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Re: 24 inch or 26 inch Torker?

Yours is one I 'faved'

But what are the rules of old school race events? I mean if I dress up in '81 Torker gear then surely I should have to race on an original bike from BITD?  I know there are replica's out there like the True Torch replica, but I can't imagine you'd be allowed to race it in an OS race? TBH even if I could race a repro I wouldn't, as it wouldn't be the same thing, having said that snapping an expensive OG Torker would be a sin. Dilemma.

Just to think, in 86 when BMX was too young to have an old school, I bought two new 81 or 82 Torker F&Fs both 24" one chrome and one black, for the equivalent of $50 each, stock clearance.

http://i1055.photobucket.com/albums/s506/JonnyTorker/TorchieTorker31-1_zps7b7da5b2.jpg


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#7 2013-06-24 7:35am

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Re: 24 inch or 26 inch Torker?

Ah, I see. Old school race event. I'd still take it easy on a Torker cruiser, just in case. tongue

Here is my 26". A few items have changed, like the hubs and seat but I have no recent photos of it.

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#8 2013-06-24 8:58am

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Re: 24 inch or 26 inch Torker?

OSmojo wrote:

Yours is one I 'faved'

But what are the rules of old school race events? I mean if I dress up in '81 Torker gear then surely I should have to race on an original bike from BITD?  I know there are replica's out there like the True Torch replica, but I can't imagine you'd be allowed to race it in an OS race? TBH even if I could race a repro I wouldn't, as it wouldn't be the same thing, having said that snapping an expensive OG Torker would be a sin. Dilemma.

Just to think, in 86 when BMX was too young to have an old school, I bought two new 81 or 82 Torker F&Fs both 24" one chrome and one black, for the equivalent of $50 each, stock clearance.

http://i1055.photobucket.com/albums/s50 … 7da5b2.jpg

Takeit you don't have them anymore? shame, if only we knew then what we know now!!
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#9 2013-06-24 9:36am

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Re: 24 inch or 26 inch Torker?

Most of the "old school" race events are for 20" bikes. So, I'd check that out first before you battle 24 vs. 26.

Not to discourage you from looking, but, to buy one specifically for a race that probably doesn't exist might end up disappointing you.


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#10 2013-06-24 1:52pm

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Re: 24 inch or 26 inch Torker?

markmc97225 wrote:

Most of the "old school" race events are for 20" bikes. So, I'd check that out first before you battle 24 vs. 26.

Not to discourage you from looking, but, to buy one specifically for a race that probably doesn't exist might end up disappointing you.

All thanks again for the info, no I don't have the 24s anymore, I swapped one for a pioneer stereo in 87, what a mug, the chrome one back in 86 I built into a superb street bike all new items (Sugino CT Chromoly cranks light weight 3 speed hub & Torker cruiser bars) sold that too.

markmc97225 very good point about what is raced at these events, I only want a bike to race it so if they're aren't many cruiser races then you're probably right to pass on the idea. The 20's are just too small, maybe a Torker Pro XL I know that had the longest top tube at 19.5".


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