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1976 Ashtabula

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.

Submitted by dwh19690

  • Race
  • Company: Ashtabula
  • Wheel Size: 20"
  • Headtube size: 1"

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