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1997 Torker Kickback

1997 Torker Kickback

Mid School re-imagined

I'm addicted to DTT's, and I love bikes with curved tubing.  Naturally, this frame is a holy grail to me.  Torker made several frames with curved DTT's, but the Kickback was the top-of-the-line (full 4130).  Originally outfitted with front v-brakes, rear u-brakes, Sun Rhyno-Lite wheels, Kevlar seat, SST Oryg, etc--it was very well outfitted for the time (minus the 1 piece crank).  That also meant it weighed as much as most MS freestyle bikes--which is to say A LOT.  There are a few other Kickbacks on here that are still stock--so that can give you an idea of what it looked like when I got it.

To my knowledge, these were NOT sold in the USA--and if they were, it was a very, very rare thing.  Mine--as most--originates in Austrailia.  In fact, I paid significantly more to have the bike shipped to me...than I paid for the complete bike.  Given the surface rust on most of the pieces--and the weight--I decided to "lighten" things up by upgrading to NS parts.  I had yet to see one of these types of bikes heavily modified in a NS vein, so that was my aim here (I LOVE NS tech!); 28/9 gearing, sealed BB, sealed HS, sealed hubs.  It is still a MS frame through and through--the 15" CS doesn't lie.  It looks positively weird next to my 13" CS FLATT.

Future plans may included swapping/upgrading the brakes & a potential repaint (provided I can obtain OEM replica decals for less than a small fortune).  I LOVE this frame!  The only downside is the CS brake bosses (very low clearance) & the lack of Mid BB & Integrated HT, and an integrated tensioner; I would be elated if someone were to re-release this frame with these NS features.

I've entered this in the 2014 Flatland Bike Buildoff.  Your vote is most appreciated!

Submitted by IPD

  • Freestyle / Flatland
  • Company: Torker
  • Model: Kickback
  • Wheel Size: 20"
  • Toptube length: 19"
  • Headtube size: 1-1/8"
  • Details

    Frame: 1997 Torker - Kickback

    Fork: KHE - Tanaka

    Bars: Odyssey - Y-Bars

    Stem: Dirty Dog - Reaper

    Headset: Mechanik - STI (upper) / MOJO (lower)

    Seat: Schwinn - XS Kevlar

    Seat Post Clamp: Celt - Quick Release

    Front Hub: KISbikeco - Rabbit

    Rear Hub: KISbikeco - Rattlesnake

    Rims: Simple - Keypit

    Tires: Sunlite - Freestyle PC

    Rear Brake: Odyssey - Springfield

    Front Brake: Evoke

    Tensioner: Profile Racing

    Rear Pegs: Huck - Suppressor Lites

    Front Pegs: Fly - Micromachine

    Bottom Bracket: Profile Racing - American>Mid BB conversion

    Cranks: Xposure - Hurricane (Internal Pinch Bolt)

    Sprocket: Drive Technologies

    Pedals: Victor - VP800 (w/ adapters)

    Brake Levers: Kurt Rad special

    Grips: Primo - Josh Stricker

    Bar Ends: Armour Bikes - Satellite

    Detangler: Snafu - Mobeus

    Upper Y-Cable: Odyssey

    Lower cables & front cable: Daddy-O special

    Chain: KMC

    Gyro Plate: Dalusong Engineering (Upper) / SST - Oryg (Lower)

    Misc: Porkchop fork spacer; Odyssey - London Mod; Stolen - Knuckles cable guide; crown valve caps, Circus Monkey fork cap