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#1 2014-10-11 7:17pm

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Mitsuboshi/Tioga Tire Timeline

THIS IS NOT SET IN STONE BUT IS THE CLOSEST I HAVE MANAGED TO COME TO GETTING IT RIGHT. ANY INFORMATION YOU WISH TO ADD WOULD BE GRATEFUL BUT PLEASE BACK IT UP WITH THE RELEVANT INFORMATION, THANK YOU.

Below you will find the Mitsuboshi / Tioga Timeline that I have managed to piece together so far, with information coming from articles, old school racers, collectors and a tyre seller from this era.

There are a few I still need to add to this but please be patient.

A little history from some Racers, Collectors and Tyre sellers:-

"The patriot logo on the competition IV was a short lived design, only lasting a few months in 1984 when they were introduced. It's the tire that came on the first generation Hutch Pro Star and initially had both logos, the one shown and the Hutch branded logo facing opposite. The very first set of Competition IV I owned in 1984 had the patriot logo, as I call it, and the word is spelt out Competition IV. The next incarnation, after the buy out, was the green/yellow/blue logo, where the logo was condensed to Comp IV. This also reflected the Tioga logo brand colours".

"A Quick overview. Anything with the entire word spelt out, Stadium, Competition II, III and IV, is pre 1984 and Mitsuboshi owned. The rights and production were sold, or acquired, by Tioga in late 1983 but finalized by mid 1984, where upon the model names were shortened, Comp ST, II, III, IV, and later, Ramp and Pool added on the Freestyle tires".

"In 1985, Tioga issued the grey/white blue/green logo without the detailing in the lettering. By that I mean the outline around the text. I can't tell you exactly when they came out as I dropped out of the scene by then, but I would guess it was the next incarnation of Comp III, the logo remained similar but better".

"The first stadium tires are also considered Competition II tires, as the tread is moulded into the skinwall. It was designed initially as an indoor or stadium racing tire, versus the knobby version, which was obviously designed for outdoor dirt track use. They were later adopted by trick riders, who normally preformed on asphalt lots, gymnasiums or flat ground venues".

"Another thing to remember is that quite a few different tire makers may have been commissioned to manufacture them at different times, or at the same time to support demand, so the logos may vary slightly as did the compound, seen in some skinwalls which appear to have red beading where others appear to have white or golden. LHR, Cheng Shin and a handful others handled production at times too. It's also noted in the serial numbering on most of the early tires. Some may start LHxxxxx or CSxxxxx etc, indicating who was producing it at the time. That's how the early ones I was connected to ran. After I was made aware of that fact back in the day, I began running the Cheng Shin for less money without issue and never looked back, until now, and I only care now from a collectors stand point. I still feel the original Cheng Shin,old logo, was the best tire for the money, one could buy".


Mitsuboshi Competition II Yellow label 1978-1983

http://i1084.photobucket.com/albums/j406/Londonhellboy/Comp%20Tyres/aeee8eec2eb7435ab8486e0f883e598217410000016ffe4ac5d4_blowup_zpsf79800a3.jpg
http://i1084.photobucket.com/albums/j406/Londonhellboy/Comp%20Tyres/partz941_zps945f4399.jpg

Mitsuboshi Orange/Blue/Green label Comp II label believed to have started around 1983 - 1985

http://i1084.photobucket.com/albums/j406/Londonhellboy/Comp%20Tyres/p1012470_lg_zps9008fd4d.jpg

Mitsuboshi Competition III Yellow label 1981 - 1982

http://i1084.photobucket.com/albums/j406/Londonhellboy/Comp%20Tyres/null_zpse65ad95b.jpg

Mitsuboshi Yellow label Competition III 1982-1983

http://i1084.photobucket.com/albums/j406/Londonhellboy/Comp%20Tyres/24y1_blowup_zpsad2103e9.jpg

Mitsuboshi Comp III Black/Green/Yellow label 1983-1985

http://i1084.photobucket.com/albums/j406/Londonhellboy/Comp%20Tyres/compIII83-86_zps529b2bef.jpg

Another label variation. Appears to be Factory of Production specification 1983 - 1985

http://i1084.photobucket.com/albums/j406/Londonhellboy/Comp%20Tyres/comp3yellow01_zps3a3e7462.jpg

Tioga Comp III Blue/Green/Grey label 1985 - 1986

http://i1084.photobucket.com/albums/j406/Londonhellboy/Comp%20Tyres/compIII87-88_zps47235287.jpg

Tioga Comp III Blue/Green/Grey label 1987-1992 (Better detailing replaced the latter)

http://i1084.photobucket.com/albums/j406/Londonhellboy/Comp%20Tyres/dsc00734k_zps2a8b0ada.jpg

Tioga Comp III 'Rainbow' label 1992 - 1998

http://i1084.photobucket.com/albums/j406/Londonhellboy/Comp%20Tyres/img_2589_copy3_blowup_zps0d5d000b.jpg

Tioga Comp III 'Rainbow' label 'All Blacks' 1998 - ??

http://i1084.photobucket.com/albums/j406/Londonhellboy/Comp%20Tyres/m8a1oSdgU8Q6Xpuk90orrSw_zps452ad7d3.jpg

Mitsuboshi Competition IV only produced from Mid 1983 until December 1983. Also used on the Hutch Pro Star release with the Hutch tyre logo being opposite, facing the Mitsuboshi logo

http://i1084.photobucket.com/albums/j406/Londonhellboy/Comp%20Tyres/comp_iv_tire_3_blowup_zps019f7209.jpg

Mitsuboshi Comp IV 1983 - 1985

http://i1084.photobucket.com/albums/j406/Londonhellboy/Comp%20Tyres/compIV83---_zpsf7169155.jpg

Mitsuboshi Comp V Red/Blue/Green label 1984 - 1985 These are sew ups for Araya skinny rims

http://i1084.photobucket.com/albums/j406/Londonhellboy/Comp%20Tyres/post-2904-13263914291_thumb_zpsb9b9424e.jpg

Tioga Comp V Blue/Green/Grey label 1985 - 1988

http://i1084.photobucket.com/albums/j406/Londonhellboy/Comp%20Tyres/post-2904-132639142795_thumb_zps3ad820da.jpg

The first Mitsuboshi Comp ST tyre known only as Stadium tyres 1980 - 1983

http://i1084.photobucket.com/albums/j406/Londonhellboy/Comp%20Tyres/2008-09-26001_zps886e4bd2.jpg

Tioga Comp ST Blue/Green/White label 1984 - 1986

http://i1084.photobucket.com/albums/j406/Londonhellboy/Comp%20Tyres/compST-----1_zps9ccd6ed2.jpg

Tioga Comp ST Blue/Green/Grey label 1987 - 1992

http://i1084.photobucket.com/albums/j406/Londonhellboy/Comp%20Tyres/compST-----2_zps54ddd503.jpg

Tioga Comp Ramps Blue/Green/White label 1987 - 1992

http://i1084.photobucket.com/albums/j406/Londonhellboy/Comp%20Tyres/DSC02427_zpsa55878bf.jpg

Tioga Pro Hex. I cannot find anything on these tyres so if anyone knows anything, please let me know, thanks.

http://i1084.photobucket.com/albums/j406/Londonhellboy/Comp%20Tyres/TiogaProHexTireswhite_zpsbdc4c6c5.jpg

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#2 2014-10-11 7:27pm

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Re: Mitsuboshi/Tioga Tire Timeline

This advert, found in Go Feb 1992 Vol 3 Issue 4, was the last year of the Blue/Green/Grey label, and the birth of the 'Rainbow' label.

http://i1084.photobucket.com/albums/j406/Londonhellboy/Comp%20Tyres/GO_9202-page33_zps15563b75.jpg

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#3 2014-10-11 7:55pm

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Re: Mitsuboshi/Tioga Tire Timeline

I also need some dates for the Comp VIII tyre.....

http://i1084.photobucket.com/albums/j406/Londonhellboy/Comp%20Tyres/dsc053081_blowup_zps0a5d1350.jpg

.......and Comp Pool tyres too please guys. The all black Comp Pool's being re-issue I believe?????

http://i1084.photobucket.com/albums/j406/Londonhellboy/Comp%20Tyres/DSC00742_zps0857762e.jpg
http://i1084.photobucket.com/albums/j406/Londonhellboy/Comp%20Tyres/20140328_090845_blowup_zps62ed147f.jpg

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#4 2014-10-12 12:02pm

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Re: Mitsuboshi/Tioga Tire Timeline

This is a good thread.


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#5 2014-10-12 12:54pm

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Great info here... thanks smile


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#6 2014-10-14 4:47pm

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I haven't seen a COMP 8 in a magazine yet.

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#7 2014-10-14 7:10pm

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corollagts wrote:

This is a good thread.

Very much agree.
Great thread.
Thanks for putting it together.


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#8 2014-10-14 10:06pm

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Re: Mitsuboshi/Tioga Tire Timeline

Hellboy... can you make this into a PDF for me?   Thanks.


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#9 2014-10-14 11:41pm

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Super early Comp II Knobby??
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g229/old-school-fool/bmx%20pics/DSCF8522_zpscc52f56d.jpg
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g229/old-school-fool/bmx%20pics/DSCF8524_zpsf2167d0c.jpg
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g229/old-school-fool/bmx%20pics/DSCF8523_zps52238c57.jpg

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#10 2015-03-06 6:30pm

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Re: Mitsuboshi/Tioga Tire Timeline

wildon wrote:

Comp Ramp year anyone?

Yes Terry. The Comp Ramp was released late 1986, possibly for Christmas, early 1987 and went on being produced up to 1992.

http://i1084.photobucket.com/albums/j406/Londonhellboy/Comp%20Tyres/DSC02427_zpsa55878bf.jpg


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#11 2015-05-11 10:35am

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Thanks Londonhellboy! cool Your timeline seems to be more accurate than this http://www.bmxsociety.com/topic/20548-t … ain/page-2

For example your Comp IV ad from GO mag

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#12 2015-05-11 11:13am

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Nice timeline and info...cool MARKED!!!


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#13 2015-05-17 4:44am

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Comp 8's were available in 1990 Terry in a Go magazine product review.

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#14 2015-05-19 3:20am

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boofy wrote:

Comp 8's were available in 1990 Terry in a Go magazine product review.

Thanks buddy. Any chance you can get an advert posted for me please smile


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#15 2015-05-19 2:05pm

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Comp 8's were available in 1990 Terry in a Go magazine product review.

Ah, 1990. Got out of BMX '88-'89. Thought i missed something bitd. Haha, no chance!

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#16 2015-05-19 2:27pm

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great thread!!!!

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#17 2015-05-19 6:14pm

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Like to see more "time line" threads cool

...or add to reference big_smile


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#18 2015-05-20 3:31am

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Re: Mitsuboshi/Tioga Tire Timeline

I will double check July's issue but, the first mention of Tioga Comp VIII's that I can find is GO - August 1990, page 30.

http://i1084.photobucket.com/albums/j406/Londonhellboy/Comp%20Tyres/image-0016_zpsgctsgyim.jpg


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#19 2015-05-20 10:51am

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Re: Mitsuboshi/Tioga Tire Timeline

its the February issue Terry in the yearly product review so they may have been out
in 1989.

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#20 2015-05-20 12:46pm

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I have access to November 1989 and then March 1990. December '89 to February '90 is missing sad

I did find this though and saw Tioga Comp 'Trial' tyres in 20" size? I have never heard of those before.

http://i1084.photobucket.com/albums/j406/Londonhellboy/Comp%20Tyres/image-0051_zpsulorhfa8.jpg


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#21 2015-06-05 9:16am

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Re: Mitsuboshi/Tioga Tire Timeline

Londonhellboy, you mentioned Tioga Comp III 'Rainbow' label (skinwalls) 1992 - 1998. Another timeline shows these as starting in 1989. What do you think?

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#22 2015-06-05 9:58am

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Cru Jumper Jones wrote:

Londonhellboy, you mentioned Tioga Comp III 'Rainbow' label (skinwalls) 1992 - 1998. Another timeline shows these as starting in 1989. What do you think?

Definitely in 1992. They were still selling the blue/green/grey labels in 1992 and only ever replaced one label with another, not run together.

Most of the other 'timelines' you come across were parts and info taken from a previous one that existed on this site. I used to use the other as a rough guide but there big flaws in the dates. That's when I decided to research properly and put this one together smile


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#23 2015-06-05 10:30am

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Londonhellboy wrote:

Cru Jumper Jones wrote:

Londonhellboy, you mentioned Tioga Comp III 'Rainbow' label (skinwalls) 1992 - 1998. Another timeline shows these as starting in 1989. What do you think?

Definitely in 1992. They were still selling the blue/green/grey labels in 1992 and only ever replaced one label with another, not run together.

Most of the other 'timelines' you come across were parts and info taken from a previous one that existed on this site. I used to use the other as a rough guide but there big flaws in the dates. That's when I decided to research properly and put this one together smile

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#24 2015-06-05 10:54am

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Re: Mitsuboshi/Tioga Tire Timeline

what year were the Grippas Terry,84 or later ?

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#25 2015-09-02 3:50pm

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Anybody ever find anything on the Tioga Pro Hex tires?


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