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#1 2009-02-17 7:46am

lostdesertdweller
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1998 Firemans Texas Cruzer 26

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1998 Firemans Texas Cruzer 26

Fireman #4. Clear coat over raw brushed steel. Philwood Hubs, Profile Cranks, Paul brakes, King headset... all the goods. Ridden daily. Raced annually.

FMR004


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#2 2009-02-17 11:02am

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Re: 1998 Firemans Texas Cruzer 26

Nice cruiser is it a 26"


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#3 2009-02-17 1:08pm

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Re: 1998 Firemans Texas Cruzer 26

Si, 26"

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#4 2009-02-19 7:15am

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Re: 1998 Firemans Texas Cruzer 26

lostdesertdweller wrote:

[url=http://bmxmuseum.com/bikes/firemans_texas_cruiser/22938/1]Also, seems to have the OM Flyer stays and top tube with  cable stops for derauiller, although there is no hanger, so it seems true that these are indeed old stock SE Racing hoops and top tube.
Does anyone know anything else about this bike?
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I'm not so sure about the "old stock hoops" theory. I think that stop on the seat stay is for setting up an internal 3-speed rear hub (thus no d-hanger). My 2008 Firemans http://bmxmuseum.com/bikes/firemans_texas_cruiser/20814 has the same stop.

Also, the OM's from the '90s had _paired_ stops at the top _and_bottom_ of the seat stays on the Enduro style frames (wider 135mm spacing and a hanger) but not on the standard bmx rear end. Is yours paired? Mine's not.

That being said, Fireman Greg did have a connection to the guys who built those OM's, and I thought they built some of the Fireman's frames for a while.

Whatever the real story is, you have a really cool bike there.

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#5 2009-02-19 6:08pm

austincruzer
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Re: 1998 Firemans Texas Cruzer 26

Cool bike. I'm no expert on Firemans history, but I have been a customer of Greg's since 1999 and saw many of the early bikes he sold. This appears to be an early 26 "Race" frame and fork. If the SN is that low, then it is probably a 1999 or so, maybe even a 1998. I own FMR032 and I bought it in fall 1999. I assume it was made earlier that year - same with your bike. I know another person with an early "raw" frame/fork. The "Race" frames are the looptails. Greg originally made another frame that didn't have looptails, but he discontinued those long ago. I know somebody that is the original owner of a non-looptail and it came built with a Sturmey 3-speed rear hub, which explains the stop on the seat stay.

I do remember Greg saying that an ex-SE employee welded the earlier frames, perhaps even yours and mine.


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#6 2009-02-19 6:13pm

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Re: 1998 Firemans Texas Cruzer 26

I forgot something else. The early frames had a sticker on the head tube, while the later ones have a badge. It looks like yours has a sticker, but it's hard to tell. Also, the old forks, including mine, had "Beefmaster" in this weird script font, later replaced by a bold "Beefmaster" sticker. My fork stickers are long gone.


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#7 2009-02-20 4:14pm

lostdesertdweller
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Re: 1998 Firemans Texas Cruzer 26

Decal head decal "race". Thought of letting it go, but after talking to Greg today I think I'll probably hold on to it. It is, in fact, only one of four made with this tube set. Though of selling it but its too priceless to me.

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#8 2009-02-21 6:57pm

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Re: 1998 Firemans Texas Cruzer 26

austincruzer wrote:

Cool bike. I'm no expert on Firemans history, but I have been a customer of Greg's since 1999 and saw many of the early bikes he sold. This appears to be an early 26 "Race" frame and fork. If the SN is that low, then it is probably a 1999 or so, maybe even a 1998. I own FMR032 and I bought it in fall 1999. I assume it was made earlier that year - same with your bike. I know another person with an early "raw" frame/fork. The "Race" frames are the looptails. Greg originally made another frame that didn't have looptails, but he discontinued those long ago. I know somebody that is the original owner of a non-looptail and it came built with a Sturmey 3-speed rear hub, which explains the stop on the seat stay.

I do remember Greg saying that an ex-SE employee welded the earlier frames, perhaps even yours and mine.

Awesome bikes.  I have one of the original non-loop 26" bikes from Greg.  It rides great and is fairly rare as well.  I also followed up a couple of years later and bought a looped rear.  Also a great ride.  Can't go wrong with the TX Cruzers!

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#9 2009-05-30 7:01pm

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Re: 1998 Firemans Texas Cruzer 26

Does anyone know if a non-loop Firemans is rare?  I know someone selling a red non-loop Firemans complete for $800.  It looked like a nice bike but I thought it was odd since all the Firemans that I see are loop tail.


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#10 2013-10-17 6:36am

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Re: 1998 Firemans Texas Cruzer 26

tough looking bike!

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