1983 National Pro Long
Original Team NP F&F purchased directly from an ex-Team NP rider.
Frame: (August 1983-stamped) National Pro ‘LONG’ in candy blue. This frame came in candy blue from the factory, and was purchased directly from ex-National Pro team rider who has owned this factory ride from new.
Forks: Undrilled National Pro.
Bars: Rechromed and super-rare original unknurled 1st Gen (thin cross-bar) National Pro race bars. Repro Pro Neck decal placed in the same position as marked by the imprint of the original (Massive thanks to Norty40).
Wheels: NOS rib-sided Ambrosio 1 3/8 ‘skinnies. Radially laced front.
Hubs: Original blue and silver Crupi Gen I(?) sealed bearing flip-flop hubs (taken off an ’81 Diamond Back Pro Mini).
Tyres: NOS Blue/skinwall 1 3/8” Tioga Comp III blue/green label.
Valve Caps: NOS white Jive Handles (slightly later 80’s(?) but how cool?!)
Chainring: Polished Pro Neck 44T chainring and powerdisk.
Chain: Silver Izumi (not yet fitted).
Tensioners: Polished ROE 'Whale Tails' (not yet fitted).
Cranks: Profile Generation III ‘’A’’ in 177mm length; original chrome finish. Original decals.
BB: NOS Profile with Hop-Up kit.
Pedals: Hand-polished super-rare NOS Vector Ultimate PV-1 in plain unpainted factory raw finish (outers polished), with the original pair of unused end caps. (Choice of 1/2inch and 9/16inch spindle sizes present).
Stem: OG survivor condition Blue Bulldog stamped Pro Neck.
Headset: Tange Seiki 300 with a NOS blue Tange locking nut and blue Haro flex-fighter.
Seat post: NOS National Pro layback seat post. Original Pro Neck decal.
Seat post clamp: Polished TUF NECK.
Seat: Original NOS March ’84 stamped blue Kashimax Aero.
Brakes: Hand-polished MX901 rear.
Brakepads: Curved Scott Mathauser finned.
Lever: Polished left silver MX-121 Tech 3.
Brake Cable: NOS white mid-80’s dated Dia-Compe.
Padset: OG and very rare NP pad set in blue sold to me by ex-NP Team rider Bill Stonebraker – his original race set(!)
Grips: Rare (only pair I’ve ever seen) survivor Akron BMX grips in blue/white. (Akron advertised their aftermarket items such as grips and seats in BMX Action from ’83 – ’84, so period correct).
More pics to follow once i have added the last few items to the bike... I have also included a shot of the only period shot of a Candy Blue NP that i have been able to find from BITD. Inspiration for my build!
- Company: National Pro
- Model: Long
- Wheel Size: 20"
- Headtube size: 1"