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1996 Hoffman Taj

#1 2008-05-29 9:25am

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1996 Hoffman Taj

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1996 Hoffman Taj

Long awaited hard to find color (baby blue) of my dream bike!!

My obsession with the Hoffman Taj came from visiting my LBS (Bay Area Schwinn) in Corpus Christi Tx in about 1996. They were one of the few shops carrying Hoffman Products and I had always been a HUGE fan. As I made my way to the small BMX section I saw a Pearlescent baby blue Hoffman Taj hanging from the ceiling. I was captivated by its design, color, and purpose… a street and dirt jumping machine designed by the most influential BMX rider of the midschool era (IMHO). Of course at the time the bike was out of my price range and was also spoken for by my good friend Chris Pulley. Every time we would go ride I would stare at his bicycle in half amazement and half jealousy. After about a year he spray painted the bike in a camo pattern and that was basically the end of the baby blue taj. Fast forward 10 years to early 2006 and I start to search for a baby blue Taj. My search leads me back to Corpus Christi, Tx where my friend Randy Trade me his Chrome Taj for my Chrome Hoffman EP. I agreed and was somewhat satisfied with finally having a Taj. I built it, rode it a bit, and put it on the other oldschool BMX forum. But I was still not satisfied. In about late 06 I come across the exact frame I now have in a Craigslist ad in Cincinnati, OH. After some emails with the vendor I decided I did not have the cash to buy his bike. He was not willing to part it out and I didn’t need anything but the frame and fork. I kept kicking myself for letting that go but there was not much I could do. Finally after many Google searches in early 2008 the BMX collector that goes by the name of 80'skid bought the bike from the guy in Cincinnati, and started to sell off parts from California. I emailed him as soon as I heard the news and made him an offer on the frame and fork. Soon enough it was delivered to me in Philly. This bike has been a dream build for me for over 12 years. I tried to build it up with as many era correct parts as possible to what I would have loved to ride at the time. This bike was meant to be ridden but I just can not bring myself to doing that. It will forever sit on my wall as the most valuable piece of art I will ever/ could ever want to own. Frame: 96-97 Hoffman Taj 1" headtube Fork: 96-97 Hoffman Taj 1" threadless Bars: Hoffman Low Drag Grips: ODI Longneck Stem: Hoffman Super Stem 1" threadless Cranks: Haro Fusion 3 pc Pedals: Haro Fusion DX platform Rims: araya super 7X 48h Hubs: Gt Mohawk 48h sealed 3/8" Spokes: Straight gauge stainless Tires: Primo V monster Skin Wall 20x 1.95 Freewheel: ACS Claws Sprocket: Profile Ripsaw 43t Seat post clamp: Hoffman 7/8" Seat Post: Hoffman Straight 7/8" Seat: Gt Freestyle Plastic Brake lever: Tech 77 w/ locking button Brake Cable: Odyssey Slick Brake: Dia Comp AD 990 Pads: Salmon Kool Stop


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#2 2008-05-29 1:59pm

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Re: 1996 Hoffman Taj

that is sweet.ive got a chrome taj with hoffman superforks sitting around but always wanted the baby blue one.damm

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#3 2008-05-29 2:43pm

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Re: 1996 Hoffman Taj

Great story, wonderful bike. Was worth the wait.

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#4 2008-06-06 8:50pm

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Re: 1996 Hoffman Taj

Ah yes the famous baby blue Taj.  I had found my baby blue Taj on eBay I think it was in 2004.  I know how you feel.  When mine arrived I debated long on whether or not to put it to the pavement.  But I think there is no wrong decision. 

I decided to go the opposite route and put the baby blue street fighter to work.  It's a bike, it was made to be rode, and at the end of it's riding tour of duty, it will still always be a baby blue Taj.  I stopped riding freestyle in 2005, and now in 2008 I am resurrecting my baby blue Taj and using it for transportation and leisure only (and perhaps sneak in a manual for old times sake).  The frame has its battle scars, which remind me of many painful and pleasurable memories.  It's a classic bike and probably Hoffman's Bikes' most holy creation.  Thank you for sharing yours with us!

I'll share my pics soon.

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#5 2008-07-20 2:49pm

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Re: 1996 Hoffman Taj

i miss my taj. had a 95 black. sold the ff so i could get a big daddy, which was stolen within 2 weeks. 11 years ago. found recently in a pawn shop and sold to me. im still looking for a taj. yours is JUST like how ive always wanted to do one. very nice!

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#6 2008-09-23 5:42pm

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Re: 1996 Hoffman Taj

That is a sweet Taj bike. I always wanted one but never could afford it. Now that I'm racing again I may get one just to ride street. Corpus Christi?  That's my old stomping grounds.


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#7 2008-09-28 3:49pm

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Re: 1996 Hoffman Taj

love it. i think that primo v monster skinwalls are the tire to have on any early hoffman. they seem to compelment thier sleek tidy lines. they look good on old s&m bikes to. shame they are like rocking horse doody to find. anyone sees any let me know


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#8 2008-09-30 1:58am

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Re: 1996 Hoffman Taj

That is an awsome bike hats off to you smile

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#9 2008-09-30 5:59am

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Re: 1996 Hoffman Taj

bmxbert wrote:

love it. i think that primo v monster skinwalls are the tire to have on any early hoffman. they seem to compelment thier sleek tidy lines. they look good on old s&m bikes to. shame they are like rocking horse doody to find. anyone sees any let me know

I bought 3 from flatland fuel a while back.  They may still have them for $9.99.  I think we should get primo to rerelease these for all of the collectors.  There are probably a few thousand bikes out there that are dying for a set of these.  Also all the kids i ride with want a set on their new school rides.

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#10 2008-12-18 7:40am

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Re: 1996 Hoffman Taj

Great story!  Beautiful bike!

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#11 2009-04-21 8:07am

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Re: 1996 Hoffman Taj

i wanted one of these so bad!!

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#12 2010-01-27 3:50pm

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#13 2010-01-27 6:24pm

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Re: 1996 Hoffman Taj

trktwo wrote:

wow, i love it

just throwing this out there but if anyone really wants it i just put it up for sale today, check the sale section.

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#14 2010-05-18 5:31pm

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Re: 1996 Hoffman Taj

WOW Yours is real clean i have the same Taj same color all beat up !! They are awsome i really want american taj REAL bad if any one wants to sell me one pm me !!!!!!!!!


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#15 2010-05-22 3:15pm

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Re: 1996 Hoffman Taj

can you see what the seat post size is?

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#16 2010-06-12 8:19am

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seat post size was 7/8" of an inch, or whatever that works out to 22.2mm i think

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#17 2011-01-01 4:06pm

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Re: 1996 Hoffman Taj

THATS RIGHT, THAT BABY RIGHT THERE IS YOUR OWN LITTLE PICASSO GREAT LOOKING BIKE AND AWESOME STORY TO GO WITH IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1


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#18 2011-01-06 7:32pm

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Re: 1996 Hoffman Taj

this was always one of my dream bikes too, the other was a mid 90s purple hyper metro, which i found nos...

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#19 2011-02-04 2:03pm

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Re: 1996 Hoffman Taj

Hey if anyone wants to buy one from me email me at portertaylor11@yahoo.com i will send you pics but it has a chrome frame and painted original handlebars and forks.

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#20 2012-09-25 2:18pm

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Re: 1996 Hoffman Taj

Fantastic ,,,,,WOW  Love the Taj cool


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